Jim covered Congress and The White House during the George W. Bush administration for The Washington Times, and worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, and many local and national talk radio shows to talk politics and policy.
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The discussion got heated enough to warrant a mention at Mediaite. And it was really no one’s fault. Bill Hemmer kept saying “Doctor, go ahead,” but both Jay and Arjan have Ph.Ds, so they would both start talking. That got Arjan really upset. At one point, he even starts talking to Jay by looking at his face in the monitor on the floor.
Jay’s point: It is irresponsible to go around talking about the worst case scenario as a likely outcome in Japan. As Jay told me on the phone later, “What good does that do? Are the Japanese people going to stop trying to get the Fukushima plant under control?”
Of course not. But the kind of panic-mongering folks like Dr. Makhijani are peddling has created a run on iodide in cities along America’s west coast. That’s absurd.
Anyway, watch the exchange below. It’s informative and entertaining.