FROM NEWS OUTLETS TO POLITICIANS AND ANTI-NUCLEAR GROUPS: IT’S GAME ON
We’ve all read the headlines:
Japan Nuclear Crisis Widens as Radiation Leaks Into Atmosphere
Japan Nuclear Meltdown Underway
Radiation Leaks from Stricken Nuclear Plant: Panic Grips Tokyo as Levels Rise
The enormity of Japan’s nuclear crisis and its yet to be seen consequences are of untold magnitude, but are the unfolding events as catastrophic and ominous as we are being led to believe?
While nuclear meltdown may be occurring in Japan, I’m reminded of Rahm Emanuel’s “Never let a good crisis go to waste” admonition; journalistic and political meltdown are occurring as well.
News coverage grows more dire and sensational with each passing hour. Cable news stations are locked in an endless cycle of hyperbole and one-upmanship. Each new headline must be more dire than the previous; each “news alert” must be more urgent and alarming than the last.
From Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman to Germany’s anti-energy Green Party, disparate voices around the world are using the crisis as a cause celébrè to block the development of additional nuclear energy facilities.
The following folks offer a different perspective:
David Ropeik, guest-blogging for Scientific American
Robert Marquand of The Christian Science Monitor
Jonah Goldberg, at National Review Online
This article from the Discover website
The intent of this post is neither to minimize the unimaginable sequence of events occurring in Japan nor to suggest that I am qualified to assess the severity of the tragedy befalling its people.
It is to suggest that we take a deep (non-radioactive) breath, ease up on the hyperbolic sensationalism, and avoid perhaps the worst of fears: FEAR OF FEAR, to paraphrase FDR.