Disaster Porn

Just been disgusted by the ‘reporting’ of the Japan disaster on the BBC’s news at 5 on radio 4, particularly the obvious relish with which the ‘reporter’ attempted to invent more tragedy by asking leading questions of the survivors with regards to the Japanese government’s response to the crisis. “How long will it be before you run out of supplies and there’s civil unrest?” Is that REALLY a suitable question to ask someone who’s just lost his children?

I switched off at the point where the presenter was desperately trying to put words into the mouth of a retired IAEA official by criticising the ‘poor PR exercise’ of people who are still attempting to wrestle nuclear reactors under control.

Absolutely sickened by this – it’s quite obvious the BBC have joined the Daily Mail and all the other carrion crows in their reporting style. Vijay Mahrra had it right – it’s nothing more than ‘disaster porn’.

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