Friday, March 25, 2011

What goes through their minds?

"The death toll from Japan's worst post-war disaster topped 10000 Friday as the operator of a radiation-belching nuclear plant warned that work to stabilise it may take another month". That is from Giles Hewitt of AFP.

But with phraseology like that ... "radiation-belching", you seriously do wonder what goes through the minds of these journalists. Is that their mental construct of the episode? In a way, it really is like dealing with children – you have a group here which actually lacks the mental equipment to describe what it sees. No wonder the reporting has been so distorted. If events outstrip the capabilities of the journalists to understand them, then you are not going to get credible reporting.