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By: Lagoonboy Tue, 20 Mar 2012 08:59:07 +0000 For brilliant reportage, with many chilling, and also encouraging, photographs, see: ater/

Sadly your hasty post was misjudged – thanks for re-visiting it.

By: globalamerican Mon, 25 Apr 2011 04:48:08 +0000 And you didn’t even say you were sorry.

By: globalamerican Mon, 25 Apr 2011 04:45:08 +0000 Felix, your follow-up to the original article is weak and self-serving. You state that the article was written while rushing between panels of SXSW(a music festival)…

While you were rushing at SXSW the Japanese people were rushing to save their lives and find their lost loved ones.

As a professional journalist, your excuse was sad, but clearly all you could come up with.

Your headline was shameful and irresponsible as was your statement that Japan is a rich country and didn’t need help.

You were misunderstood? No Felix,as a professional writer your ability to communicate a topic well is all you have. And under the banner of Reuters your obligation for clarity and integrity is a requirement.

I didn’t find your article on Facebook, I found it on CNN. So your message wasn’t “lost”…

Having trusted Reuters for as long as I could read the news, you, Mr. Salmon have created doubt in their ability present a topic objectively and with clarity.

By: Motojiro Wed, 06 Apr 2011 20:43:08 +0000 I am from South (aka West) Japan.

I am sending his original article to Japan newspapers and make sure this is known.

Media can be a wonderful tool for the public – making our lives fuller, interesting, informed. But when it is used with irresponsible acts by those who can make a big impact to the audience, it produces a panic, even impossible to function as humans (thus not helping others).

This has happened in Japan.

If Felix wants to be so famous, be our guest.

By: ScottRP Mon, 28 Mar 2011 17:33:20 +0000 Wow, are there ever a lot of self-important people commenting on this, and the previous, article.

To paraphrase an earlier poster: Yes, it does sound insane for Americans to send Japan shoes, or socks (as Mr. Salmon referenced in an update of his earlier piece) that were made in China, imported overseas to the U.S., sold in the U.S. at an inflated price, and shipped back across the Pacific at an inflated cost. Yes, that sounds insane… until you realize that it’s a heck of a lot better than doing nothing at all.

People want to help in a tangible way. They want to lift the spirits of those affected in a tangible way. Yes, it may be economically inefficient at best or “insane” at worst to do so, but how people in Japan have you helped today, commenters?

Sending socks and what not has already brought a lot of joy to a lot of people. How much joy have your comments and talk brought to those affected? Stop talking and start acting. If there’s indeed a better way, then do something about it.

By: kryptonik Fri, 25 Mar 2011 21:14:50 +0000 Felix-

Stick to your guns. The article was fantastic. The points you made were spot on. There needs to be more questioning of aid in general.

Your audience and fan base are not made up of the people denigrating you, while having failed to spend the 3 minutes necessary to read your piece. There are many thousands of lazy people on Facebook who will jump on anything worth jumping on if they’re bored. Don’t worry about that.

By: MerrillGrinch Thu, 24 Mar 2011 23:53:06 +0000 “that’s entirely consistent with 99% of my readers understanding exactly what I was trying to say”

That’s pretty presumptuous of you. I think 1% got angry, 1% agree with you, and the other 98% think you are a clown (like I do).

Oh, you’re SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much smarter than the rest of us, Mr. Salmon! Wish I could get a job writing senseless drivel about whatever pops into my mind.

By: jmdesp Thu, 24 Mar 2011 08:43:58 +0000 Felix, I think there’s one important thing here which is :
Do you have a double standard ?

If the answer is no, you treat all disasters fairly wherever they occur, then the important question becomes :
Can you tell us where is your former blog post where you told people coldly and unemotionally to *not* give for the Katrina victims because it would be inefficient ?

And if no such post exists, then maybe you should make a soul inspection and reconsider whether or not you have a double standard.