Russia Today’s “News” Has Spawned a Host of Blogs, Tweets Telling Us of “Fishing Ban in California” Because of Highly Radioactive Bluefin Tuna
Great. Just great. After 17 months since the accident, not only we’re not getting any wiser, but we are actually getting dumber by the day if not by the hour.
And it is not just the Japanese in Japan either.
I already wrote about the “news” by Russia Today on July 21 which almost all Japanese understood to mean fishing had been banned in California because of radiation contamination of fish from the Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident. I tweeted in Japanese that it was not true at all. I continue to be the lone voice, and more and more people tweet this RT’s “news”.
Just now, a person with more than 60,000 followers tweeted the “news”, quoting a Japanese blog which quotes another Japanese blog with a link to an English website. So I took a look at the English site called “The Truth Behind The Scenes”, and this is what I saw on their July 21, 2012 post:
If the reader take a look at the RT video embedded in the post, he/she will see right away that this photo is a fabrication. The brief post at the site does not say anything about fishing ban in California. Whatever the intention of this website may have been, the two Japanese blogs (here and here) posting the link to this English post say “Bluefin tunas from Fukushima waters are contaminating the ocean there, and it’s really a serious problem!”, and “Radioactivity in the ocean off the coast of California is rising rapidly!”, and they attribute their remarks to RT’s “news” as they saw it on this English site.
One of my Japanese followers just tweeted me saying “But it cannot be false, because Russia Today had it in the news!”
I give up.
Another favorite among the Japanese continues even stronger today – the “news” about the Japanese Olympic team escorted out of the Olympic stadium during the opening ceremony because IOC didn’t want the radiation contamination from the players. Today, it’s got juicier. All these empty seats at almost all Olympic venues because of the poor planning by the organizers and corporate purchasers of these tickets not bothering to show up have now been attributed to … (drum roll please)… racial discrimination against the Japanese players because people are afraid of radiation contamination! Oh we’re hated by everyone in the world! Poor us! All because of the government and TEPCO! And Japanese media is not doing the job, because BBC reported it!
Like I said, I give up.