This week on CounterSpin: Ever notice how corporate media coverage of nuclear accidents largely avoids industry critics, in favor of industry defenders generally low-balling the health and safety dangers of the technology? That’s never been truer than in coverage of the Japanese nuclear disaster, which, as with earlier accidents, the initial, rosy predictions by media-favored experts have clearly been overtaken by dire facts. We’ll talk to Dr. Arjun Makhijani, an industry critic, nuclear engineer, and the president of Institute for Energy and Environmental Research.
Also on CounterSpin today, the disaster in Japan is generating substantial coverage of the potential health risks of the release of radioactive material. Some news reports downplay the danger, comparing the radiation exposure to riding in an airplane or getting an x-ray. Should there be more reason to worry? What should we be remembering about Chernobyl and Three Mile Island? We’ll talk to Cindy Folkers from the group Beyond Nuclear.