New Episode of HBO’s ‘Newsroom’ Centered on Fukushima Cover-up: “It’s a lot worse than they’re telling you” — Level 5 vs Level 7 is “the difference between life and gruesome death”

Published: August 3rd, 2012 at 1:04 pm ET
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Title: The Newsroom
Source:  Salon.com
Author: Willa Paskin
Date: July 31, 2012

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Sunday’s episode was set during the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear reactor. Sloan — who, like Munn, speaks fluent Japanese — learned from a spokesperson of the nuclear plant, off the record, that the problems with the reactor would likely be upgraded from a Three Mile Island-size disaster to a Chernobyl-size one. Filling in for an anchor on one of the prime-time news shows, Sloan, all fired up by a pep talk from Will McAvoy, manhandled and bullied her two guests, the spokesperson and his translator, repeatedly correcting the translator’s translations, eventually breaking into Japanese herself, and finally revealing the information she had gotten off the record without any on-air confirmation that this was actually true.

[...]

At 16:30 in

Reporters have conversation with Tepco spokesman.

At 19:00 in

Reporter has private conversation with spokesman.

At 20:45 in

Reporter to other reporters after conversation: “It’s going to go to level 7. Fukushima’s a lot worse than they’re telling you.”

At 22:00 in

Reporter to producer: “They’ve been low-balling the radiation levels.”

Producer: “That is not something you should mention on the air.”

At 26:00 in

Translator won’t translate Tepco spokesman’s remarks accurately during on air segment.

Show producer in reporter’s ear: “Please don’t go rogue.”

At 28:00 in

Reporter: “Has a chance of being raised to a level 7, which is the difference between life and gruesome death.”

Segment ends with Reporter gets suspended.

At 41:00 in

Tepco spokesman resigns.

To view the episode, use this link: http://www.monsteruploads.eu/z1brcxiivq99.html

Be sure to follow these instructions (they make it a bit confusing):

  1. Click ‘Continue Here’ inside the big blue box.
  2. On next screen, click play button with circle around it in the center of video. Video will start playing.
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17 comments to New Episode of HBO’s ‘Newsroom’ Centered on Fukushima Cover-up: “It’s a lot worse than they’re telling you” — Level 5 vs Level 7 is “the difference between life and gruesome death”

  • When I watched the pilot episode, I said to myself it would be awesome of Sorkin and Co. did this eventually.

    We will win this fight. We're already winning. It's just that the bad guys haven't figured it out yet. Let's keep showing them.


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  • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

    They're acting as if the media had a 'mea culpa' and has come out swinging about the nuclear industry and the truth of Fuckishima. This is the furthest thing from the case. This show might be entertaining but how many people are going to come to ENENews and realize that this problem isn't even gotten started?


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  • aigeezer aigeezer

    Hmmn. If you click on the Salon link at the top of the page you have to wade through a LOT of fluff and drivel. If you can stand it enough to click to a new page… then and only then do you hit the Fukushima material, but…

    The Fukushima material is embedded in other material that seems designed to discredit it:

    snip:

    … and finally revealing the information she had gotten off the record without any on-air confirmation that this was actually true.

    The killer scene immediately followed this on-air meltdown. Sam Waterston’s Charlie and his muppet eyebrows stormed into the newsroom and began screaming at Sloan for all her egregious mistakes.

    end snip.

    To get to it at all, you have to be willing to read a page that lists the following as its recommendations:

    snip

    India’s first Playboy bunny, under siege
    149 people recommend this.
    Japan turns masturbation into art
    270 people recommend this.
    Did God help Gabrielle Douglas win?
    289 people recommend this.
    Ten theories on Romney’s taxes
    528 people recommend this.

    end snip.

    My take: this Salon piece is far from the journalistic turnaround we have been waiting and hoping for – my impression is that it is intended to numb awareness of Fukushima rather than to raise it.


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  • Sickputer

    Every little bit helps, fake news might be just what Joe Six Pack can relate to. Now tell him the beer is all toxic from irradiated grain and you will see the really anti-government side of Joe.


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    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      It's comin', SP, it's comin'.

      Wait till a bunch of American mothers realize what's killing their kids. You'll see s%^t you've never seen.

      The Japanese mother's protests are just the spark before the largest forest fire in history.


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    • sadtexan

      While I agree with your general premise, I sincerely doubt Joe Six Pack is watching Newsroom.


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  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    "Tepco spokesman resigns."

    The only thing not true.


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  • patb2009

    Tepco went through a bunch of spokesmen so did the Japanese government


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  • BringoutYourDead

    “It’s a lot worse than they’re telling you”

    It always is…


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  • arclight arclight

    Hiroshima Day – time to end the suicidal nuclear age

    "..As the mayor of Hiroshima said last August on the anniversary of the bombings, “Nuclear energy and humankind cannot coexist.”

    the nuclear age is a suicidal age. We’ve had several near misses

    Fukushima highlighted the dangers of accidents, and nuclear waste can never be truly safely stored.
    This Aug. 6th, let us remember the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and let us finally get out from under the nuclear shadow…"

    "..Every Aug. 6 in Hiroshima at 8:15 in the morning, a memorial protest
    is held. But such protests also take place in the United States. One
    will occur this week at Los Alamos, N.M., home of the Manhattan
    Project, which produced the first atomic bomb and is still producing
    parts for nuclear weapons. Demonstrators plan to draw attention to the
    hazards not only of the weapons themselves but also of nuclear waste
    and of the involvement of private companies in the nuclear weapons
    system…"

    "..But the nuclear age is a suicidal age. We’ve had several near misses, the Cuban Missile Crisis being the most obvious. And we’ve almost had
    accidental nuclear war when our radar systems (and Russia’s) have
    thought they were seeing incoming nuclear weapons and have prepared to
    launch nuclear weapons in response.."

    http://nuclear-news.net/2012/08/04/hiroshima-day-time-to-end-the-suicidal-nuclear-age/


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  • japanese expresses respect through linguistics/semiotics: perhaps crucial underpinning to this episode. a thought.


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