What do three prominent media voices on the right have to say about the disasters in Japan? Rush Limbaugh is amused that an earthquake and tsunami hit an environmentally conscious country. Of course, it’s more debatable than ever just how much nuclear power reflects environmental awareness; however, that point is lost in the midst of Limbaugh's mockery. Referring to Gaia, the mythological Earth goddess, he states, “Even now, refugees are still recycling their garbage, and yet Gaia levels them [laughs], just wipes them out":
According to Bill O’Reilly, despite a Japanese death toll approaching 6,000, almost 10,000 missing, nearly half a million in shelters, the destruction of towns and the threat of nuclear meltdown, the media is “hyping the nuke situation in Japan a bit too much”:
Glenn Beck is back at his familiar role of prophet, suggesting that the earthquake might mean a “message [is] being sent by God.” What message is Beck decoding? “Hey, you know that stuff we're doing? Not really working out real well. Maybe we should stop doing some of it. I'm just saying."
Finally, just as every gun massacre leads to calls from conservatives for less gun control, the right-wing blogosphere, the Wall Street Journal and Fox are calling for more nuclear power in the wake of the Japanese nuclear crisis–and attacking renewable energy. Amazing how counterintuitive they are about disasters.