Little White Lies - the Fukushima nuclear incident and media representations.

Authors Avatar by cmilks1025 (student)


Cameron Wilkes

Chris Emerling

AP Language/Composition

10 May 2012


        On March 11 of 2011, news broadcasters and reporters informed the American people of an undersea earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tohoku in Japan which was identified as having the magnitude of 9.0 at 2:46 PM. Shortly afterwards, the natural disaster evolved into the massive tsunami that devastated the Fukushima site at 3:27 PM. With the following explosions and meltdowns occurring at three of the reactors at the facility, the region where the plant was located seemed like an environment that would never become stable again or ever be inhabited by the Japanese. But that particular detail was mistaken because Japan has the situation under control and the catastrophe is being concluded – FALSE!

While most American citizens have heard that the crisis is arriving at an end and “some even think that maybe [the issue has already been] solved or contained,” the Fukushima plant is “still a ticking time bomb,” according to theoretical physicist Michio Kaku. “We knew it was much more severe than [the media was] saying because radiation was coming out left and right. So in other words, they lied to us. They knew how much radiation was coming out, they knew the danger, they knew how much core melting was taking place, but they tried to put a happy face on it” (Adams). What happened in Japan is much worse than what has been told happened. Actually, the tragedy “is now far and away the worst nuclear disaster in all of human history.  Chernobyl [, the catastrophic nuclear accident that happened April 26 of 1986 in Ukraine,] was a Sunday picnic compared to” the destruction that occurred (The American Dream).  The Fukushima incident is an ideal example of how the media, rather than simply notifying what actually happened and possibly preventing danger, alters storylines in order to create the perfect scenario in which the world is at peace, making it seem as though there is no threat to be prepared for.

Join now!

        In the warping of the broadcasted news and other published reports that the public is capable of viewing, the accounts of the events that happen are changed either but an infinitesimal amount or just altogether for one reason – to only appease the ears of the viewers, which includes the American people. But in attempting to comfort the audience, newscasters and journalists are actually putting the United States in greater danger. Since the cover-ups have continued about the Fukushima station being sanitary and unpolluted again, the radiation that arrived from Japan has caused “the infant mortality rate [to have] risen ...

This is a preview of the whole essay