Self-interested inconsistencies at the RMIT-ABC Fact Check unit

Two years ago the opposition was pushing a the-government-has-cut-funding line for aged care. It was a lie, of course, and, to their credit, the RMIT-ABC Fact Check unit called it (well “misleading” anyway).

The overall level of Commonwealth funding provided for aged care has increased on an annual basis for at least the past decade.

As experts noted, this result is hardly surprising, with Australia’s ageing population leading to growing numbers of aged care recipients, increased care requirements, and higher care costs.

Analysis by RMIT ABC Fact Check shows funding has increased across a range of measures: in nominal dollar amounts, in real terms (after adjusting for inflation), as a proportion of total expenses, and as a dollar amount per aged care resident per day.

As some experts contacted by Fact Check suggested, rather than representing a cut, the decision to carve out $1.2 billion of “efficiencies” could rather be characterised as an attempt to better target aged care funding, with spending continuing to rise in real terms.

Fact Check deems that an adjustment to future spending does not represent a “cut” when the overall level of spending continues to rise.

(Emphasis added).

But wait, there is more. The same outfit now look at their ABC funding.

After the ABC announced the loss of 250 jobs in its five year plan, the state of its funding was once again thrust into the national debate.

Communications Minister Paul Fletcher dismissed allegations of cuts to the budget of the national broadcaster in a press conference with Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

He said the ABC’s funding is laid out in the budget papers, and is increasing every year.

If you look at the numbers in the budget papers, the ABC’s funding is rising. It’s all laid out in the budget papers.”

Is the ABC’s funding rising every year? RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates.

So – let’s go to the Budget Papers. Luckily Paul Fletcher has a handy tweet.

To be clear – as far as I can see all those numbers are going up. But what does the RMIT-ABC Fact Check unit say?

However, when Mr Fletcher referred to what was “laid out in the budget papers” he neglected to mention that ABC funding is projected to decline in nominal terms in 2022-23, at the beginning of the next cycle.

I would hope so – I would have them “projected to decline” to zero, but that’s just me.

But what has the RMIT-ABC Fact Check unit done? It has pulled numbers and decisions that are yet to be made out of its own backside. No doubt sometime in the future cuts could be made. The fact is, right now, cuts have not been made. Then we have a long cock and bull story about the costs of transmission. Like the ABC expects to be able to transmit its anti-Australian propaganda for free.

Long story short – the RMIT-ABC Fact Check unit very quickly changed its story. Increased funding for aged care is not a spending cut, but increased funding for the ABC is a spending cut.

For completeness – the journalist who wrote the fact check, Matt Martino, is an ABC employee and not an RMIT employee. So an ABC employee has fact checked a true statement – finding it “Misleading” – on behalf of his own employer and then passed it off as being “independent”.

Chris Berg and my book Against Public Broadcasting: Why and how we should privatise the ABC still available for purchase.

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11 Responses to Self-interested inconsistencies at the RMIT-ABC Fact Check unit

  1. Their ABC is the best campaigner the Liberal Party has got, its agitprop gets non-socialists so worked up.

  2. Why don’t you present a counter statement suggesting that Their ABC funding will be doubled ‘in nominal terms in 2022-23, at the beginning of the next cycle.’ You would be as accurate as Their ABC’s Fact Check Unit.

  3. Tom Atkinson

    The RMIT “Fact Check” is a biased as the ABC. Remember their “flawed” verdict on Craig Kelly’s rainfall statement?

    Kelly’s statement (“rainfall has increased”) was demonstrably correct, but that didn’t fit the ABC’s “climate change” narrative, of course, so it had to be adjudicated as “flawed”. I wrote several emails to them, requesting more information on their verdict, but they never answered. Never even acknowledged any of my emails.

  4. Tom

    It’s worth keeping in mind that the unwritten mission statement of every “fact-check” unit in the world is to lie like a singing bird on behalf of the leftist tribe and, if straight-out bald-faced lying is not possible because it has already been identified as such by the adults, to obfuscate so hard it makes flat-out lying look like a second-rate option.

    Subverting the dominant paradigm is not possible without virtuoso lying by subverters of dominant paradigms.

  5. H B Bear

    Is the fact check unit still headed by Mr Vitrioli?

  6. It’s worth keeping in mind that the unwritten mission statement of every “fact-check” unit in the world is to lie like a singing bird…

    Any organisation saying they have a ‘Fact Check’ unit is like a government saying it has a ‘Ministry of Truth’.

  7. Lee

    Is the fact check unit still headed by Mr Vitrioli?

    I was just wondering that myself, and isn’t it a conflict of interest?

  8. Neil

    These people are moaning about funding cuts which never happened when the private sector is getting hit by the shutdown

  9. Squirrel

    Surely in ABC Land, anything less than what they think they would get from a Labor/Green government is a cut.

    On matters of detail, I assume the big drop in “Revenues from other independent sources” is due to falling sales of Midsomer Murders DVDs through the online ABC Shop……

  10. Neil

    Surely in ABC Land, anything less than what they think they would get from a Labor/Green government is a cut.

    Exactly. Lots of newspapers have been recently closing down because they cannot survive because they rely on sales. The ABC would not survive one minute if govt funding was cut.

    During this current shutdown it shows what the ABC is like because they are moaning when people in private industry are losing their jobs

  11. John A

    Tom #3516360, posted on July 17, 2020, at 4:07 pm

    It’s worth keeping in mind that the unwritten mission statement of every “fact-check” unit in the world is to lie like a singing bird on behalf of the leftist tribe …

    Fact-checking units are part of the fifth column marching through the institutions to infiltrate SJWs into positions of influence (where they can deflect questions of accountability) rather than positions of direct power (which usually goes with accountability).

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