The NYT Reporter called yesterday on the NPR Diane Rehm show the fact that test results released more than 6 weeks ago proving PA waters are not contaminated with radionuclides "good news."
For NYT readers these old test results would be news indeed. The NYT Reporter has not written a story about the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority monthly test results that are on the world wide web at its website or the May 16th Pennsylvania American Water Company test results of massive testing that it did.
To be clear the NYT Reporter knew about the tests but has not written an article about them and did not tell the NPR listeners (see below for one more example how manipulative this reporter is) about them until I managed to confront him on the show with the test results.
These test results and others prove how sensational and false the NYT Reporter's February 26th story was that claimed PA residents were at risk of ingesting radiation poisoned waters. They are not fit to print in the NYT.
The last New York Times story on radiation and PA waters was April 7th with a headline of "Pennsylvania Calls For More Testing." It is another story designed to fan fears. See http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/08/science/earth/08water.html?_r=2&ref=science.
Prior to that the NYT wrote on March 7th a story about Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in stream test results showing no contamination. The story went to some lengths to argue those test results of 7 streams were not definitive.
Here is what happened on the show. The format and the tight control by the host prevented any direct engagement with what guests said but Ms. Rehm asked the NYT Reporter about the (deliberately false) NYT February 26th article and its findings.
In response the NYT reporter said simply that the article found that pa's waters could be contaminated with radionuclides due to supposedly inadequate oversight of drilling waste. Nothing more. He just repeated the false narrative about pa waters and radiation.
Probably about 5 minutes or more later I was asked another question and did not answer it but used the opportunity to inform those listening that massive testing had now been done by the drinking water companies involved and found no contamination.
Ms. Rehm immediately said "Ian Urbina" and the NYT reporter then said yes the results were "Good News". How amazingly ironic and yet another example of what a skilled manipulator of information this NYT reporter is.
He is effective and readers are just putty in his unrestrained hands.