Wall St. Journal starts ‘Fukushima Watch’ — For ‘juicy details’ lurking in reporters’ notebooks — Readers have an ‘obsession’

Published: June 12th, 2012 at 10:52 am ET


New JRT Feature: Fukushima Watch
Wall Street Journal
By WSJ Staff
June 12, 2012, 3:08 PM JST

We’ve noticed that JRT readers have an intense interest in things Fukushima. By “Fukushima,” we mean the March 2011 nuclear accident, and Japan’s ever-broadening concerns over radiation, health and safety — but also the nationwide debate the accident sparked on energy: where to get it, how much is needed, who should provide it and what kind.

To better serve that obsession, we’re channeling our coverage into a new JRT feature called “Fukushima Watch.” You’ll find there news, insights and analysis on things nuclear, radiation and energy-related in Japan


Fukushima Watch will be an outlet for geeky and juicy details lurking in JRT’s notebooks, culled from first-hand conversations with regulators, utilities and experts, as we report on the big issues of the day.


h/t Anonymous tip

Published: June 12th, 2012 at 10:52 am ET


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35 comments to Wall St. Journal starts ‘Fukushima Watch’ — For ‘juicy details’ lurking in reporters’ notebooks — Readers have an ‘obsession’

  • Sickputer

    Hmm…do I detect the election year ramping up with subtle and not so subtle mass media game plans?

    Big Brother is oh so attuned to the feeble collective might of the mindless masses. Prodding that herd in the desired direction is an art form to be admired even if you know how ruthless the barons of industry can be.

    • jump-ball jump-ball

      The prodding is decades old, having remained hidden in plain sight all the while, as delineated in the 1988 "Manufacturing Consent": The Amazon reviews are very good, and usually save me from buying the book.

  • sherryrazor sherryrazor

    Only the scum that is Rupert Murdoch would use words such as juicy and geeky in the context of a nuclear meltdown. Priming us for the sexualization of radiation. WSJ will be running geeky geiger counter ads soon.

  • DannieJ DannieJ

    This is referred to as damage control or worse, a white wash.

    Do not follow the piper.

  • They have started off calling it an "obsession" – but it is a step forward.

    I corrected them slightly in the comments.

    (You can commment under a fake name without having to register or login, it seems – nice feature).

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    This is a major PR front…WSJ with the supposed "insider" knowledge.
    Pretty slick…
    Obsession..? If WSJ..was truly a journalistic body of quality.. it would already know the truth.
    Personally… the quest to tell the truth.. an admitted obsession.
    This will most likely prove to be another platform for the nuclear industry.
    I'm sure AtomicRod will be in attendance.

  • WSJ…America's new tabloid lolol. Disgusting, but the rad word is getting out.

    Info they likely won't tell you … here's the real juice

    Jet streams, debris tracking & many rad monitoring links

    Fukushima fallout forecasts and other rad updated

    other folks to tell who may read WSJ …lololol

  • Fred

    5 minutes on enenews or fukushima-diary or ex-skf will have more news in it than months of anything WSJ, the nuclear corporations' favorite newspaper, will contain. It might be entertaining…

    • arclight arclight

      i wonder if the journalists will put there name to the articles ?? lol then it could get very entertaining indeed 😉

      • arclight arclight

        first-hand conversations with regulators, utilities and experts

        fair and balanced… hmm?

        experts?? 🙂

  • Rusty M

    They have already deleted all of the previous comments that were there an hour ago. I was hoping they would leave them there.

  • Margot Margot

    "geeky and juicy details" ? how dare they

    • What-About-The-Kids

      D'accord, Margot. C'est dégueulasse. Disgusting. Nothing but media pimps looking to capture some of the online ad revenue and market share from sites such as enenews which are obviously growing in popularity and giving them a run for their money. "Genius Envy" perhaps? ;-D LOL

      Anyway, WSJ still has time to redeem themselves by turning their new Fuku column into more serious reporting of the truth, rather than attempting to make a sideshow out of it, thereby downplaying the seriousness of it and attempting to deflate the issue by removing some of its radioactive steam…

      Well, WSJ. What will it be? Three Ring Circus or Truth in Reporting?

      We are watching. Time will tell…

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      I sent a rather scathing critique of their intro article via e-mail and advised the anonymous "journalist" to resign and find another career.

      "Obsession", "geeky" and "juicy" indeed. Has the WSJ become another infotainment source? It used to be a decent newspaper, back in the day ….

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nobody will pay attention to the Wall St thing. People use the internet now, and do their own searches.

  • Eric

    This is a direct attack at sites such as this. A large attempted step toward usurping the position held by the likes of Ennews,EX-SKF, and Fukushima Diary

    • richard richard

      That's how I read it too Eric. And we enenewsers are the ones with an obsession.

      Msm lost their final bit of credibility in their fuku silence, I know I won't be making use of them and their advertisers ever again.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Yes, well good luck to them with that!

  • Eric

    really bad of my to misspell the single most important news source that i have found since… 4 days after Fukushima.

  • Cisco Cisco

    Yeah, this Rupert Murdoch rag will be relying on all that good data from the great research conducted by MIT and peer reviewed by the Journal of Environmental Health Perspectives, the NRC, the CIA, the nuclear cabal and all those well compensated politicians and their shills.

    Things must be getting a little edgy at the NRC and in those nuclear industry organizations, so it's time to roll out the propoganda machine.

    Who better than the WSJ, and "besides, Rupert owes us for all those favors we gave him, right".


  • jayjay jayjay

    Are you all noticing how the facebook likes keeps going up.

    Now 5,054 people like Enenews.

    Wonderful the Truth is spreading far and wide!

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    So well said, everyone! Back in the days of US civil rights, it was called "co-opting" the issue so that it could be defined by mainstream power rather than the rabble. Ya gotta bet this is partly underwritten by TEPCO via some other company out of Japan on top of every nuclear power company in the USA. But, once out there, they may get a response they don't expect and sometimes turn into a force for good, even if that isn't their original intention. Information can have a way of getting away from you no matter how much you try to control it once you put it into the public domain. It is my experience that mainstream journalists who get published really do see themselves and all that their society does as normal and good, be that war, poisoning the planet, etc. They won't see it as their trying to co-opt the message. They we see their selective interviews and the watering down of truth as slicing through the muck and mire of conflicting ideas and facts to craft a coherent story for the public. Oh, and yes, a little pimping and pandering on an offshoot tabloid rag is just seen as the necessary evil to cover expenses. We will all be watching and responding. As will they.

  • CB CB

    My post deleted also. I guess they knew I'd be there like stink on shit. Deleted post.

    Japan slightly smaller than California with 63+ Reactors, and no pre-planned response in the event of a nuclear disaster. Director of civil life after 15 months into disaster asking for more time to work with the Government. Really?!!
    Japan's population is 128,057,352; for March 2012 the estimated population is 127,650,00. I get a sense of a great inane handicap in the ranks of government.
    The Butterfly effect already is/will be at your feet soon enough.http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/4142.htm
    Japans Reactors
    Japans Population
    Butterfly effect

    • What-About-The-Kids

      Deleted? It is amazing the WSJ can stoop so low as to resorting to censorship and think they can still call themselves a "respectable" national newspaper. Shame on them.

      Well, CB. The fact they deleted your post just means the truth you spoke struck a nerve with them.

      Come on, folks at the WSJ. Sometimes the Truth hurts. Deal with it.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Write to their e-mail inbox in protest. I urge everyone to send them a personal response. It will go directly to their editorial team.

  • GeoHarvey

    The Wall Street Journal is condescendingly trivializing the agony of thousands of innocent people. They are offensive, and they should be told so. I will point out the email address at the article: JapanRealTime@wsj.com .

    • What-About-The-Kids

      Good for you, GeoHarvey! May many more of us follow suit!

    • GeoHarvey

      I just sent this to the people at JapanRealTime of the Wall Street Journal:


      I want you to know I take offense at your article, "New JRT Feature: Fukushima Watch." The idea that a keen interest in the Fukushima Disaster is an "obsession" does not give me any confidence that your articles at "Fukushima Watch" will be in any way insightful. Your reference to the "geeky" and the "juicy" merely makes you come of as condescending and untrustworthy.

      It is clear that there are two brands of news on this issue, that which is official or industry produced, and that which is not. Since the former is self promoting, the later is much easier to believe. Frankly, the article you just published makes me feel quite confident that you will be merely repeating what industry and government want to tell you, repackaging old drivel, much of which has been demonstrated to be false, and patting yourself on the back for being such fine investigative journalists.

      Furthermore, your attitude clearly trivializes the troubles and sorrows of thousands of people. This makes you appear cruel, in addition to condescending.

      I am very unlikely to read your column on this subject, as I feel a complete loss of confidence in your journalistic abilities. Others I have shown your article seem to agree with my assessment. There has been no dissent.

      My suggestion is that you change your demeaning tone and take your readers seriously.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Yes, I did this. Good idea, Harvey. I second.


    been taking in all of this in and must say how impressed I am with the responses. It would appear little escapes the enenews crowd.

    I started reading the 'journal' back in the early-eighties and finally stopped doing so, this year. It used to be the premier 'white' source of 'intel' for many of us; that is, until Murdock took control of it. You could see how it gradually degenerated into another organ of the haters.

    After 311, I noticed little meat-n-potatoes coverage of Fukushima. That – along with their ongoing NWO agenda – became grounds for abandoning it as a daily news source. There's still a lot of good reporting, but on the whole, you can longer rely on the integrity or coverage.

    I can only imagine they're bothering with a Fukushima byline as means of retaining readers and diverting them towards pro-nuclear interests. We already know there's going to be a concerted effort to regain/retain public confidence in the nuclear power industries, and it wouldn't surprise me if NewsCorp (parent corporation) was a part of this propaganda campaign.

    Ultimately, this effort on the part of the WSJ is actually a sign that sites like ENENEWS (and it's members) are having an impact. Keep up the good fight people!!!

  • richard richard

    Go geo. Well said.

  • Longjohn119

    The Wall Street Urinal hasn't been a reliable real newspaper since Rupert "Phonetap" Murdock took it over ….

    We'd probably all be better served reading the National Enquirer which actually gets their facts right once in awhile ….