By Philip Ewing - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Aug 13, 2008 13:41:34 EDT
The editor of a Washington defense trade publication appeared Friday on Fox News to downplay reports that a nuclear submarine leaked tiny amounts of radiation across the Pacific Ocean for two years. What the editor didn’t say was that he’s also a Navy Reserve public affairs officer.
Reserve Lt. Cmdr. John Robinson, who is editor of Defense Daily in his civilian job, told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer that the radiation leak of the fast-attack submarine Houston was “not serious” and a “non-story from many angles.” Robinson repeated a point, which had been part of earlier messages from Navy spokespeople, that the Houston had released about as much radiation as would be found in a household smoke detector.
“The Navy has such extremely high standards for safety when there’s any sort of infirmity or anything that’s at least a little bit out of line,” he said. “But clearly no one was ever in any danger.”