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And now for something completely different…

Time to turn off CNN or whatever news show you’ve been watching for the past five or six days. Time to realize that the news is performed by actors looking for ratings, not reporters looking to give you a true picture of reality. Sure there was a massive quake and tsunami. There is lots of damage, death, and destruction along the coast near Sendai and in Fukushima. Japan will recover, rebuild, and be better than before.

The news media are not presenting things accurately. I cringe at nearly everything they say. The western news media in particular seem to be totally clueless. They sometimes don’t know where they are (naming places that certainly aren’t currently located at as their current location), can’t even pronounce Tokyo (it isn’t To-ki-o), and sensationalize the facts. It’s almost as if they want things to be worse. I watched one news guy call the area hit by the tsunami a “retirement community” since there are so many old people. Rural Japan is loaded with old people. That’s Japan! Elderly people didn’t move there in retirement (which is what an American might think).

We have friends and family who have been watching the news calling and emailing us saying how fortunate we are to be back in the USA and not in Tokyo where we wouldn’t be able to find food to eat, water to drink, and where we’d be dying of exposure to radiation. Ha! I’d take the food selection in Tokyo, post-earthquake, any day.

Here are a couple more links to show how things really are in Tokyo:
Food crisis in Tokyo!!! (not)
Post Earthquake Tokyo

BTW, today’s photo is from Tokeiji in Kamakura. It represents a call for more calmness and less panic-spreading nonsense from CNN and the other news outlets.

6 Responses to “And now for something completely different…”

  1. 1
    rrabano:

    So true. Way to help is to go visit the Country again.

  2. 2
    Ashleigh Battles:

    yep nice peaceful image. 😀

  3. 3
    Anonymous:

    Obviously you do not have any relatives in the hard hit areas who are missing and most likely washed out to sea.

  4. 4
    acase:

    Anonymous, you are entirely missing my point.

    I’m talking about the ignorance the media is spreading. They are now reporting on someone predicting an earthquake for this weekend on the west coast of the USA causing some people to actually run out and buy everything off the shelves in Oregon because of an unstable fault line thousands of miles away.

    They are still reporting that shelves are empty in Tokyo (implying that you can’t get food if you live in Tokyo) when that is clearly not the case.

    I’m certainly not saying that a natural disaster didn’t happen or that the situation isn’t awful for many.

  5. 5
    Japan Greece:

    Wow anonymous,you must have read something entirely different than i did.o.O

  6. 6
    Jayarava:

    Thanks for this. A good reality check. I think people forget that the media is for the purposes of entertainment, and that ‘horror’ is perhaps the most popular form of entertainment.

    I love the sense of both timelessness (moss and lichen) and presence (fresh flowers) in this image.

    My heart does go out to those caught in this earthquake, and to those in my home country New Zealand also suffering, but no longer newsworthy apparently.