Dec 23, 2016

Sorry, ‘fake news’ isn’t information you don’t like

The concept of "fake news" distracts from the more serious challenge of quality journalism at time when there are fewer journalists, editors and producers to provide it.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Like an elderly relative forwarding a joke long after it has already done the rounds, far-right LNP senator Matt Canavan has discovered “fake news”. Yesterday the Queensland minister, best known for his support for anti-abortion picketers, accused the ABC of reporting “fake news” that Adani, the Indian company behind the beleaguered Carmichael, was the subject of corruption investigations by the Indian government.


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6 thoughts on “Sorry, ‘fake news’ isn’t information you don’t like

  1. old greybearded one

    Well Canavan is full of fake news eh? Honestly Adani has a bloody awful reputation and never mind the Indian government, look at where the “Australian” ventures are registered. Cayman Islands, Singapore! We will be lucky if we ever see a dollar of revenue from these shonks.

  2. Decorum

    Why did Crikey pursue the University of Sydney about the tweets of one of its employees, Tim Anderson?

  3. klewso

    Meanwhile – in Qld; – our “selectively-edited/pretend news” Curry or Maul is ripping it up the ABC for having the temerity to broadcast anything negative about their Limited News Party coal-ition.

  4. GideonPolya

    Increasingly insistent yet dubious Mainstream assertions about Mainstream “truthiness” and Alternative “fake news’, etc miss the biggest lie of all – lying by omission that is entrenched in Mainstream media. Thus Western Mainstream media have largely whitewashed the WW2 Bengali Holocaust in which 6-7 million Indians were deliberately starved to death with racist White Australia complicit by withholding food from its huge wartime grain stores from starving India see Gideon Polya, “UK Zionist Historian Sir Martin Gilbert (1936-2015) Variously Ignored Or Minimized WW2 Bengali Holocaust”, Countercurrents, 19 February, 2015: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya190215.htm ; Gideon Polya (2008), “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History. Colonial rapacity, holocaust denial and the crisis in biological sustainability” (G.M. Polya, Melbourne, 2008 edition that is now available for free perusal on the web: http://janeaustenand.blogspot.com/ ; “Bengali Holocaust (WW2 Bengal Famine) writings of Gideon Polya”, Gideon Polya: https://sites.google.com/site/drgideonpolya/bengali-holocaust ).

    Australian Mainstream media are involved in massive lying by omission re the horrendous consequences of climate change to which racist White Australia is a disproportionately high contributor. Thus climate criminals (notably the Australian Lib-Labs) are disproportionately complicit in the mass murder of about 10 million people each year by climate change or air pollution. Air pollution kills 7 million people per year, this including 10,000 Australians and 75,000 people dying each year from the long-term effects of pollutants from the burning of Australian coal export. Adani coal will kill 13,000 people each year and over 0.5 million from life-time operation of the Carmichael coal mine. The climate criminals are massively deadly neoliberal state terrorists, corporate terrorists, carbon terrorists and climate terrorists as compared to the vile, US imperialism-aiding, Muslim-origin non-state terrorists who merely kill 18,000 people each year and must be stripped of all assets and subject to life imprisonment with hard labour (see Gideon Polya, “Humanity Must Pledge Inescapable Dispossession And Custodial Retribution For Climate Criminals”, Countercurrents, 20 December 2016: http://www.countercurrents.org/2016/12/20/humanity-must-pledge-inescapable-dispossession-and-custodial-retribution-for-climate-criminals/ and Gideon Polya, “Judicially arraign, try and punish climate criminals for 10 million deaths pa”, Bellaciao, 22 December, 2016: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article23567 ).

  5. AR

    Well put BK. As you note, this is not new… er… news – religion anyone?
    I forget who said, however apocryphally, “when you consider the power of radio & TV to inform and educate , we are so lucky that they don’t” but it was mid 20thC so this problem has been noted previously, hence the Office of the Censor or even the risible Comic Code Approval in amerika which was worried about Superman replacing churchgoing amongst the lumpen.
    When the current pontificators began getting their collective knickers knotted this year my first thought was “How can one distinguish?”.
    Crikey is not untainted – apart from the idiocies of Essential it still hosts the tendentious taqiya mendacity of Irfan Yusuf, Shakira Hussein and the unhinged MzRaz.

  6. Aussie4real

    Hopefully we all want to know the truth of a matter or at least have information that can be analysed and debated! We should all support good media outlets for they are still the Fourth Estate and are necessary to ‘keep the bastards honest’!!! It sometimes fills me with despair when academics think that the average joe is stupid. Assad has learnt well from his father before him-he was brutal and determined to keep power at any cost.

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