ABC gets a bit rood

Just last week our Media Glass House teams took ABC News Online to task for using acres instead of hectares in a story about a redevelopment on a former caravan park site in Brisbane.

This week they’re at it again with an item that talks about hydroponic-based “microfarming” technologies including a vegetable growing project in an inner-city Hobart backyard that cultivates the equivalent of “two acres” of farmland. (pictured)

Is it so difficult to calculate hectares from acres? No, it’s not. The rest of Australia has been able to cope with metric measures for the past half-century.

What next, will the ABC revert to giving us measurements in roods, chains, links, or leagues?


Maybe the ABC could borrow a metric conversion ready-reckoner from a more youthful news website like The Guardian Australia.

In exchange the ABC might give The Guardian a dictionary.

That way The Guardian might have avoided using the US spelling for “kerb” in a story about New Zealand PM Jacinda Arden’s recent run-in, literally, with anti-vax protesters. (pictured)

The word “curb” was used not once but twice in The Guardian’s yarn.


Our MGH teams were quite surprised when they saw the latest full-page advertisements for Sky News in News Crap Australia turdbloids. (pictured)

They are accustomed to seeing big ads for the Murdoch-related subscription TV outfit in Murdoch papers.

But what was most interesting about these new ads was what, at first glance, appeared to be an instruction to readers to “demand more real news, honest views”.

Now wouldn’t that be an achievement if that happened and Sky News reacted accordingly?


Speaking of Rupert’s turdbloids and his national broadshit The Australian running ads for his other business interests, we were somewhat saddened when recently considering a random edition of the regional daily, the Gold Coast Bulletin.

A glance through the 32-page paper revealed presumably paid advertising content consisting entirely of a single half-page display advertisement for a retirement village and a handful of classified ads.

Any other ad was for subscriptions to the paper itself or for a related News Crap Australia entity, such as the Sky News full-pager mentioned above. (pictured)

The Gold Coast paper survive the last widespread cull of Murdoch hard-copy papers across the nation, but how much longer can it last?