Japan is in a crises. Why is Sheppard Smith, from FOX news still there?
Most news agencies have pulled their reporters. This situation in Japan is not safe. I, as a Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist with 25 experience wrote on Facebook 4 days ago that it was not safe for anyone to be near the power plant. I don't think it's even safe to be 50 miles away.
The other TV stations have pulled their reporters. When the US (finally Obama got off the golf course) says that the United States Americans that are in Japan need to come home, and they are sending planes there to retrieve them - that's serious.
The Airplanes that arrived here set off the Geiger counters at the airports. The people on the airplane also set off the Geiger counters when they arrived. Obviously, every time the Japanese put water on the fires to cool off the 4 power plants - more radiation is in the air due to the steam.
In my humble opinion, no news story is as important that the life of a reporter.
There are plenty of people over in Japan that have connections to the news media.
Should Sheppard Smith be taking the "SSKI"/Potassium Perchlorate pills, ABSOLUTELY. Is he being given the information that let's him know how serious the melt down is? I don't think so. It's news people. It's media, it's the FOX news channel wanting people to watch. I used to watch FOX all the time b/c I thought they were "fair and balanced"...but now I wonder, just how much they care about the reporters who work for them. I predicted this melt down last Tuesday...and yes it is happening. Every time they put water on the over heated isotopes, the steam produces clouds of radioactivity (Many elements with very long half lives. In other words, If an element like is used for most medical tests - Technetium has a half life of 8 hours...that's short. The elements that they are producing in Japan have half lives of years! Many years. That area where the melt down is occuring will not be habitable for 5 years or more. The ground is infested, the water is infested and even going into the area should not be allowed for years.
It's amazing that the people who came in and were to rescue people have left. Yes, the weather is very cold, however, if homes were intact and people had blankets and food to sustain them...this just is not right. Why do I think they left, because the radiation levels were so high, the rescuees were afraid to stay.
Again, Shep, the story is not worth your life...it's been on Facebook for days... We love you - come home, be safe.
What do you all think about reporters who stay when the US says - COME HOME!
Oh and forget about Coulter's comments...ridiculous.
Sheppard Smith's life is more important than a story. If he gets an award for this in the future, let's just hope he is here to receive it.
Shep, you have many fans and we want you here to give us the news for many more years to come......Come home!
NOTE: I am a 25 yr. Registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist.
Karen Monsour, 954-464-4194
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