Category Archives: Shut it down. Fire them all.

ABC Fact Check: Error-ridden and misleading The fisking edition

The RMIT-ABC Fact Check unit did a fact check on Chris Berg and my claim in our recent book Against Public Broadcasting: Why and how we should privatise the ABC and repeated in an article in The Spectator and on Sky … Continue reading

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ABC Fact Check: Error-ridden and misleading IV

So let’s have a look at the quality control practiced at the RMIT-ABC Fact Check unit. This is how they self-describe their quality control: Once the director approves a claim, one of our researchers contacts experts in the field to … Continue reading

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ABC Fact Check: Error-ridden and misleading III

In this third installment (I and II) of the RMIT-ABC Fact Check analysis of Chris and my comment: A 2013 survey revealed that ABC journalists are almost 5 times more likely to be Greens voters than the average voter and … Continue reading

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ABC Fact Check: Error-ridden and misleading II

As Cats know the RMIT-ABC Fact Check unit did a “fact check” on Chris and my statement: A 2013 survey revealed that ABC journalists are almost 5 times more likely to be Greens voters than the average voter and twice … Continue reading

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ABC Fact Check: Error-ridden and misleading I

Cats will recall that Chris Berg and I recently calculated that ABC journos are nearly 5 times (precisely: 4.74 times) more likely to vote Greens than the general Australian population. I wrote about it recently here at the Cat. To … Continue reading

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ABC chairman thinking of the children

The ABC’s chairman, Justin Milne, gave a speech today justifying the expense that is the ABC. That, and Michelle Guthrie’s speech last month, is a gift that will give for some time. Today I want to focus on his “dear-god-will-nobody-think-of-the-children” ploy. … Continue reading

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What they said: You can trust the ABC edition

ABC Chairman Justin Milne: Trust is what we do at the ABC. ABC employee: … We’re talking about ease of storytelling … … I accept you might have written the book on the RMIT payroll but that’s immaterial to viewers … … that’s not … Continue reading

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ABC is deliberately misleading

There has been a great hullabaloo surrounding Chris Berg and my book Against Public Broadcasting:  Why and how we should privatise the ABC.  Even before it was published The Guardian and Senator Kristina Keneally began pushing the line that this book was … Continue reading

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ABC journos and opinion

Hamish MacDonald tells us that ABC journalists are not allowed to express opinions: In an aggressive interview with senator Eric Abetz on Wednesday, Radio National Breakfast presenter Hamish Macdonald declared “at the ABC we’re not allowed to express opinions as hosts of … Continue reading

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Maintain the rage

Facebook reminds me that today is the fifth anniversary of Margaret Thatcher‘s death. Here is how the ABC covered the news.

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