Black Thursday: Lessons from the Bonfire of History

Are the legacy media in Australia, particularly the taxpayer-funded national broadcasters, damned liars or merely astonishingly ignorant? It’s perhaps more generous, though not by much, to assume that they are simply as obtuse and woefully uneducated as they must be, to repeat the same, stupid lies, every summer when large bushfires erupt. The Big Lie …

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Snopes: How to Lose a Reputation in One Easy Step

When I was in high school, there was a joke that went thus: why is virginity like a balloon? One prick, and it’s gone forever. As schoolyard wit goes, that scarcely rises above even the low bar of its kind, nonetheless it contains a kind of rough truism: some things, when lost, are gone for …

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Principled Media Stand or Last Gasp of Hypocrisy?

Recently, Australia’s newspapers took the unprecedented collective action of publishing their front pages entirely redacted. This, they say, is a united call for greater media freedom following a sustained attack on the rights of journalists to hold governments to account and report the truth to the Australian public. Are the nation’s newspapers really taking such …

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Some Inconvenient Truths for the Climate Kids

In a way, you almost have to admire Al Gore’s chutzpah in titling his mockumentary which did so much to snowball the global warming panic, An inconvenient truth. Because there’s bugger-all truth in it. In fact, a British judge ruled that the film couldn’t be shown to schoolchildren without a disclaimer acknowledging its factual errors. …

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What is terrorism? Why words matter

Terrorism is distinguished by the particular heinousness of its acts. Picture: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard. Every new terrorism outrage inevitably provokes furious debate, particularly of the “But what about…?” kind. Such arguments are a common response to reports of Islamic terrorism – or indeed, any report of terrorism – but they are also a depressingly fallacious and …

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