Despite winning a correction from the Associated Press two weeks ago over the false headline, “EPA says a little radiation may be healthy,” other big media are sticking to the original story line, undermining the agency and reviving charges of an anti-Trump bias.
The latest example occurred Monday when the St. Louis Post Dispatch headlined an editorial, “Attention West Lake residents: EPA says radiation is good for you.”
The editors later tweaked it to: “Editorial: Attention West Lake residents: Report suggests radiation is good for you,” and added this correction: “This editorial has been updated to correct a headline that inaccurately attributed an assessment about low-level radiation possibly being good for humans. An independent scientist whose research was cited by the Environmental Protection Agency was responsible for the assessment, not the EPA itself.”
The editorial followed a CBS report that went with the initial fake anti-EPA headline and suggestion that the Trump administration was weakening radiation regulations.
In its criticism of the initial AP report on Oct. 3, the EPA urged news outlets, “If you used AP’s inaccurate reporting from October 2nd on EPA’s radiation standards you should want to immediately correct your stories to stop the spread of alarming misinformation.”
Nonetheless, the EPA told Secrets, the “alarming misinformation the Associated Press wrote is still being cited by media outlets and stoking unnecessary concern regarding EPA’s actions.”
The media’s refusal to acknowledge the AP’s initial correction, which came under EPA pressure, is causing problems in areas like St. Louis that are home to Superfund sites. In fact, in the case of St. Louis, the editorial followed a very public decision by the acting EPA Director Andrew Wheeler to begin a cleanup of the West Lake site after years of inaction by Washington.