Journalism

The ABC shows its shocking political bias

The ABC loves to say it has no political bias. Yet one of its leading journalists posted this tweet essentially encouraging people to vote Labor or Greens to ensure they get more funding.

As CM wrote at the start of the month, the ABC’s own internal staff survey showed how poorly run the corporation is. It doesn’t need more funding but better managers to improve efficiencies. Moreso the staff satisfaction is below 50%. Read on…

The ABC conducted its second Corporation-wide employee engagement survey in late 2017. The previous survey was conducted in November 2015, with outcomes reported in the 2016 Annual Report.

The overall employee engagement score from the 2017 survey was 46%, down six points from the 2015 results. 6% down!!!!

This moved the ABC from the median to the bottom quartile when benchmarked with other Australian and New Zealand organisations. Bottom quartile!!! 

Employees expressed the need for improvement in several areas, including:

• that the ABC Leadership Team needs to be more visible, accessible and communicate more openly.

 that the ABC needs to do a better job of managing poor performance. Even the staff want to move duds on. A commercial spirit among the staff?

• that employees want to know what action is being taken to address feedback received in the survey.

The ABC management (no longer with us) conducted sessions on the back of the survey.

Three key priorities were identified from these sessions:

1. The way in which the ABC recruits, contracts, inducts, develops and manages its people needs a huge amount of work. Inefficiency!!!

2. More communication is needed between teams – employees want to know what other teams are doing, and want less top-down, hierarchical communication. Bureaucracy!!!

3. Many of the ABC’s processes, tools and technology don’t work effectively for its people. Obsolescence!!!

So instead of giving the ABC more money, perhaps an efficiency drive driven by a change manager could achieve the same outcomes desired by the market for far less cost. This reads like an organization that has too much fat.

To that effect, the annual report also noted:

Bureaucracy Stop was launched in March 2018 with the aim of creating a working environment with less bureaucracy and red tape. The program wrapped up three months later with 147 ideas on simplification of processes, 55 of which were resolved by the end of the financial year.Where a simplification solution wasn’t available in response to an idea, an explanation was provided as to why that process needed to remain.

What were the dollar savings for these 55 improvements?

Maybe the government should say to ABC management for every dollar saved, the ABC keeps 50c? For a broadcaster with over $1.1bn in funding, 10% of savings would mean they keep c.$60m. Morrison’s $44mn is easily covered.

Digging a bit deeper into the stats of the ABC reveals a big need for overhaul. Comparing 2017/18 and 2015/16 we see that TV audience reach for metro fell from 55.2% to 49.7% and regional slumped from 60.3% to 54.0%. If we go back to 2007/8 the figures were 60.1% and 62.4% respectively. For the 2017/18 period, the ABC targets a 50% reach. Hardly a stretch.

Since 2008, the average salary of ABC’s staff has risen 18% from $86,908 to $105,219. Total staff numbers have risen from 4499 to 4939. Therefore salaries as a percentage of the ABC revenues have risen from 37.1% of the budget to 50%. The ABC’s ability to generate sales from content has fallen from A$140mn in 2015/16 to A$46mn last fiscal year.

It is a breach of charter for the ABC to be using taxpayer dollars to advertise political messages for its own purposes. If it was managed properly it could comfortably do more with less rather than ignore the realities that improvement is required across the scale rather than chucking more money at it.

Shorten dodges but can Morrison prosecute?

Opposition leader Bill Shorten dodged a legitimate question numerous times on how much his climate policies would cost to implement and the impacts to GDP. Either he doesn’t know or he does know and reckons the public will not buy what he is selling.

The question is can PM Scott Morrison prosecute all these free hits? What a lay up to have a key policy platform with no costings or benefits to speak of.

One reason Boston Globe hasn’t won a Pulitzer since 2016

At what point do mainstream media outlets reach peak Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS)? When will editorial departments seek common sense? The Boston Globe pulled down an opinion article that suggested waiters tamper with Trump officials’ food. Apart from encouraging staff to breach food safety laws, they show themselves to be juvenile in the extreme. Journalistic integrity? Hardly.

If the liberal left media truly believe they represent mainstream America in moral and societal values, which all of the crazy Trump supporters need to follow, tampering with food is not a great benchmark.

If you want a laugh, take a look at the Boston Globe’s stated values! What a surprise it hasn’t won a Pulitzer since 2016!

Netanyahu heads for 5th term

It looks as though Bibi Netanyahu is set to take a 5th term as Israel’s PM. Despite a gallant charge from the centre left’s Blue & White Party leader Benny Gantz, Netanyahu managed to put all of the scandals behind him to win.

Perhaps more telling in his victory is that despite the relentless negative media coverage (where have we seen this before) pointing to corruption he has still managed to retain power.

Whatever one might think of Netanyahu’s character or ethics, voters have made their decision with all of that knowledge in mind. Clearly many think his policy platform is better for the country even with the (alleged) scandals than the opposition without.

Jim Jefferies – what goes around comes around

Aussie comedian Jim Jefferies shot to stardom on the back of his “gun control’ skit post the Parkland school shooting last year. He now has a regular slot on US TV.

Comedy cuts across almost limitless bounds. It triggers some and makes others convulse with laughter. We should accept that. To give Jefferies his due, he can be very funny. Usually vulgar but pointed.

However Jefferies deliberate misrepresentation of Jewish vlogger, Avi Yemini, was reprehensible. Yemini’s responses were edited and cut in ways to answer totally different questions that were asked in an attempt to smear him. It was unethical on every level.

The irony of the “hidden recording” taken by Yemini was that Jeffries himself was exposed for the very anti-Islamic remarks he accused his guest of. He even scribbled a mock drawing of Mohammed and agreed with much of what he criticized Yemini for. Hypocrite. How ironic that the comedian who thought he was interviewing a total dummy now looks the fool.

Regardless of whether one likes Yemini or who he represents or not, it does not give anyone, even a comedian, the right to smear in such a duplicitous and sanctimonious manner. Yemini warned Jefferies he may invite death threats for his blasphemous actions.

Serves him right. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

Revoke Article 50 petition – fraudulent figures of 5.3mn

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For the record. CM is a “No Deal” Brexit man. CM respects democracy. The EU has no moral authority and treats the Brits like a country forced to sign an unconditional surrender. Yet how accurate is this number of 5.3mn signatures on a petition wishing to revoke Article 50 so the UK can remain inside the EU?

If you log into the site to sign the petition there is nothing to stop one doing it an infinite number of times. One merely has to click “UK Citizen”, provide a name (bogus or not), use the same or different email addresses each time with a postcode and country of residence. Done. Endless opportunities to cheat.

See CM’s email inbox below. It shows the vote isn’t counted until you click the link but as a beta test, the same email address worked twice to lodge a signature. Is that not the most basic of flaws in an electronic system to guard against our government officials acting on false information? Clearly not.

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CM hoped the petition would reject the same email address for the sake of robustness but no, no, no.  It’s game on for anyone who wants to have a say in British democracy. Just click UK citizen, even if you aren’t and go for it.  Pick a postcode in the UK and pretend. Shouldn’t a passport or proper ID be required to sign a petition to force government to act? So much for Remainers looking to defend democratic process. Typical.

Unfortunately the media will be looking at 5.3mn people demanding revocation of Article 50 as unchallenged fact. CM has proved that it is an utterly false number. The administrators of UK petitions should be utterly ashamed of themselves to allow such a rudimentary safeguard go unchecked.

CM has British citizenship. CM has every legal right to vote. Yet this petition is a flagrant distortion of the truth. Sit back and observe how many times this figure gets bandied about as a true reflection of the mood of overzealous bots and cheaters by a salivating biased media.

Utterly disgraceful.