Letter: Tsunami causes media hysteria

The Sendai mega-earthquake not only sent a tsunami of water over parts of coastal Japan, but also one of hysteria over the Canadian media.

The Sendai mega-earthquake not only sent a tsunami of water over parts of coastal Japan, but also one of hysteria over the Canadian media. As Japan struggles to get a grip on its damaged reactors, environmentalists are seizing the opportunity in a bid to fan panic across the country, and are now demanding that our reactors are unsafe.

Regrettably, the confusion is often media-related. I haven’t see one Canadian media report that is balanced. It starts out with the doomsday scenarios, building as it goes, providing little balance at the end, and even less to temper the panic. Then there are the media who have many sources of news in Japan, but seem compelled to sent more, even after the Japanese government levied a warning to relief and Search & Rescue workers to be prepared to feed yourself.

I don’t mean to compound the situation, however I must warn of another meltdown that has already occurred. Someone get me a bucket of water to throw on the first media type I see.

William Perry, Victoria

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