I realize this sounds callous, but TV is devoting too much coverage to Japan.
There’s no denying the monumental scope of the calamity is big news. But once reporters inevitably begin interviewing other reporters and the same information (and footage) is repeated over and over, then news outlets are just running in place, filling airtime
It seems to me that TV news used to be more balanced. Certainly a natural disaster on the scale of Japan’s would lead off the broadcast but it wouldn’t be the only thing covered.
Recently the network and cable news divisions have grown obsessive. They will devote all their resources – and all their airtime – to a single story to the exclusion of all other topics. We saw this with the unrest in the Mideast and the Haiti quake. Important stories all. But the rest of the universe does not stop.