Japanese Tsunami, Lieberman on Nuclear Plants, James O'Keefe on NPR, and More
Christiane Amanpour reports from Japan's ground zero, Sen. Lieberman calls for a halt on nuclear plants, and Sen. McConnell clams up on U.S. nuclear policy. That and more in our roundup.
This Week Reports From Japan
Forty-eight hours after an earthquake and tsunami rocked Japan, This Week's Christiane Amanpour and Clarissa Ward reported from the air and ground to bring us these heartbreaking snapshots of Sendai, ground zero for the disaster.
Lieberman: Put the Brakes on Nuclear Plants
Unlike Sen. Mitch McConnell, who refuses to connect domestic policy to the tragedy in Japan, Sen. Joe Lieberman is calling for the U.S. to "put the brakes" on building new nuclear power plants until the crisis is fully understood. Of the 104 nuclear power plants in America, Lieberman noted on Face the Nation, about 23 of them are built according to designs similar to those in Japan.
O'Keefe: Journalist or Prankster?
On Reliable Sources Howard Kurtz spoke to conservative activist and hidden camera-aficionado James O'Keefe, the man behind the sting that took a direct hit on NPR. Is this an action of real investigative reporting or a glorified version of MTV's Punk'd? O'Keefe thinks it's a form of "guerrilla theater" and that journalists in America tend to do a lot of "stenography." Burn.
McConnell: Let's Focus on Japan
Now is not the time to ask Sen. Mitch McConnell about his support of nuclear power plants in the U.S. On Fox News Sunday, McConnell, visibly irritated with the question, said that we should be focusing our efforts on helping Japan and not American domestic policy.
Prime Minister's Spokesman: Death Count Will Increase Quickly
Nori Shikata, the spokesman for the prime minister of Japan, told Christiane Amanpour via phone on This Week, that while only 1,000 deaths have been confirmed so far, they expect the number to rise rapidly in the coming days. A definitive number, however, will be hard to determine because of the catastrophic effects of the tsunami.
Japanese Ambassador Defends Tsunami Warning
State of the Union's Candy Crowley sat down with Ichirio Fujisaki, Japanese ambassador to the U.S., and asked a question that may be on the minds of many after the initial chaos of the earthquake passes: Did the warning of the tsunami come soon enough? "The warning system of tsunami, I have to say, in Japan, is better than any country," he said.
Daniels Calls for "Truce"
Does Indiana governor and GOP hopeful Mitch Daniels regret his call for a Republican "truce" on social issues? Speaking on Meet the Press, Daniels asked whether people are more concerned with results or rhetoric. ""I don't sit around calculating the political pluses and minuses of every word I utter," Daniels said. Will this spell defeat in Iowa and South Carolina?