For some time now I’ve watched with growing dismay as our once superlative public broadcaster is slowly gutted and made over as a cheap copy of commercial stations. There are many lies told as the rationale for this slow bleeding out of Aunty, and probably the biggest and simplest is that the ABC should, or […]
I’ve posted very little for some time now, not been because there’s been nothing to say, but rather because there has been so much to say I’ve been speechless. I’m speechless at the hypocrisy of the current government. I’m speechless at their casual, brutal disregard for the truth. I’m speechless at the sneering, arrogant cynicism […]
This is about bad journalism. Yes, I know, pot – meet kettle. Specifically, it’s about bad science journalism, and the harm it does – to scientists, to Science, and to the community.
From Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell, broadcast 26/2/14. “We also owe you an apology. Yet again the ABC has been guilty of broadcasting unsubstantiated allegations. The allegations made by Immigration Minister Scott Morrison were that most of the rioting on Manus Island occurred outside the detention centre. The ABC now accepts that we were wrong […]
Ms. Alcorn’s entire article in The Age “Dominant ABC hurting the commercial sector” is based on an unstated premise that a publicly funded broadcaster, operating within a publicly defined and transparently managed charter to provide unbiassed news and information, is somehow “competing” on the same playing field as commercial organisations whose ultimate goal always is to […]
Taken directly from the Liberal Party website. Apparently it’s a time-honoured tradition that the Prime Minister lambasts the Press, and the Leader of the Opposition vigorously defends it. This is only embarrassing when you have occupied both roles. Here’s what he said when he was leader of the Opposition. TONY ABBOTT: I think that it’s important […]
Read this. And weep. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-30/documents-suggest-fawad-ahmed-asylum-case-was-borderline/5225808 The implications of this story should be painfully obvious, but public debate these days is so polarised and facts so irrelevant that perhaps I’ll just list a few. Both sides of politics have displayed breathtaking hypocrisy in their treatment of asylum seekers. Both sides. Luckily there are more than two […]
One-term and Rupert taking it in turns to kick the old lady. This molestation is so brazen, it’s like watching an old woman being indecently dealt with in the middle of the CBD in lunch hour, while the police smile on indulgently. In the past they’d have some kind of stalking horse, or at least […]