From time to time, a journalist makes such a shoddy contribution to their noble profession that we at Crikey feel it cannot go unmarked and unrewarded. And so it is that ABC News gets its very own Wankley Award for a report from Alice Springs that aired on Sunday night's 7pm bulletins.

As the colour story kicker at the end of the bulletin, reporter James Dean brought viewers the story of an international delegation from the UAE visiting Alice Springs to promote the practice of "earthing". Earthing, or grounding, is a pseudoscience practised by chef Pete Evans and mocked by the ABC's comedy The Weekly last year, and described by the delegation's doctor Mohamad Asmin from the Euro Arabian Hospital in the ABC story like this: