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Posted by on Mar 18, 2011 in International, Media, Politics | 0 comments

Don’t They Have Mirrors at the New York Times?

Silly, of course they do — they just have them covered up (emphasis is in original):

On Wednesday, the chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory Jaczko, depicted the threat posed by Japanese nuclear reactors as much graver than had been suggested by Japanese officials.  Yesterday, this is how The New York Times described the impact (or lack thereof) of Jaczko’s statements in Japan:

Most Japanese citizens did not react to Mr. Jaczko’s comments, which presented a far bleaker assessment of the unfolding nuclear crisis, for the simple reason that they went nearly unreported in the Japanese news media. . . . The technical nature of the issue perhaps compounded the Japanese news media’s tendency to shield the government. Reporters who cover agencies and ministries are organized in press clubs that have cozy ties with officials and decide what to report — and what not to. The lack of attention received by Mr. Jaczko’s comments was consistent in the news media.

I wonder what it’s like to be a citizen of a country plagued by the “news media’s tendency to shield the government” due to “cozy ties with officials” on the part of “reporters who cover agencies” and other government departments.  That must be awful. …