I think this is very much the case when all mass media reports on the problems at Fukushima Daiichi reactors need to be treated with caution. Remember:
1) The area has been through a massive natural disasters. The normal lines of communication are no longer there.
2) Few of the English speaking reporters know Japanese, thats going to be a big handicap
3) Few have the necessary technical training to understand the issues
4) The people who actually know whats going on will be working flat out to get the reactors under control not talking to journalists.
So its not surprising we had one TV reporter who was sent there admitting she had no idea whats going on. But they are over there and are paid to get the Story. So a Story we will get, how factual that Story will be is another matter.
Personally, I'm paying little attention to news reports. What I am following are specialist sites like
And blogs by people with years of hand on experience in the nuclear industry including the operation of reactors.