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- Reporter: Rogert Lee Hotz & Jennifer Levitz
- Date: 2011-03-29
- Score: 5
- Link to Article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704471904576228833487550772.html
- Reporting faults and errors: Usual lack of specific numbers on radiation levels; claims that radiation and traces of Iodine-131 have been found around various places in the USA.
- Description: Really difficult to understand what the purpose of this article is excepting to scare people. In each case, the article states round-about claims about radiation levels and radiation being detected in the USA but immediately follows each claim - in the very next sentence - with claims that it is absolutely safe and nothing to be concerned about. Is this a news piece reporting that there is nothing to report? They also conveniently omit the fact that we are surrounded by background radiation everywhere we go in every second of our lives. They also claiming that the radiation that they've detected is from Japan's crippled Fukushima reactors without any proof or verification to back up those claims. Typical fluff piece.
- JPquake Editor: MR