David McNeill: Who’s telling the truth on the Fukushima meltdown?, CNN Go By David McNeill, June 15, 2011:
One of the more striking aspects of the local media coverage of Fukushima was the missing word — “meltdown.” It seemed reasonable to speculate, from March 11-15, that this is precisely what happened. One reason was the repeated news of cesium dispersed in the atmosphere on March 12. [...]
“There was a blackout in the media of the word,” he says in an interview this month with the Foreign Correspondents’ Club magazine, “No.1 Shimbun.” In April the head of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan, Takashi Sawada, also said that fuel rods in reactors 1 and 3 had melted. Yet, it took over two months for newspapers and TV here to begin using the word. [...]
We might also cite the example of MOX fuel and plutonium, a substance so toxic “that a teaspoon-sized cube of it would suffice to kill 10 million people,” in Reactor 3 at Fukushima.
Newspaper and TV reports in Japan essentially banished the words from their reports.
Published: June 15th, 2011 at 7:51 am ET
- Report: Reactor No. 1 “exploded” after full meltdown — Similar pattern of disaster befell Reactors No. 2 and 3 May 21, 2011
- Leaked TEPCO report: 120 billion Becquerels of plutonium, 7.6 trillion Becquerels of neptunium released in first 100 hours — Media concealed risk to public October 15, 2011
- TEPCO says “sharp rise” in temperature at reactor No. 3, up 70ºF in a day — Japanese media: Is it due to the melting of nuclear fuel? May 8, 2011
- “It was even worse than the worst imagination of the media” — Radiation now “leaking through cracks in the containment and melted holes” after total meltdown (CNN VIDEO) June 1, 2011
- Fears that Reactor No. 3 “which contains MOX plutonium fuel, may have also suffered a meltdown” May 13, 2011