Facebook “fact-checker” RMIT accused of misconduct, criticized for spreading misinformation about energy
04/03/2024 // News Editors // Views

RMIT ABC Fact Check – a collaboration between RMIT University and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation – is continuing to lose whatever credibility it had left after a series of previous scandals.

(Article by Didi Rankovic republished from ReclaimTheNet.org)

And, this case once again sheds negative light on the phenomenon that is the fact-checking industry, one of the by-products of the censorship and information control that’s dominated the media over the past years.

The latest scandal saw businessman Dick Smith directly accusing RMIT of being the actual spreader of misinformation and lies – after the group came out with its “fact-check” of his remarks related to nuclear and renewable energy.

And despite RMIT at first attempting to stick to its guns, maintaining that its assertions were accurate, Smith yesterday received an apology from the ABC, which also had to correct its original report, which is now described as “riddled with errors” thanks to RMIT’s “fact-checking.”

It all started several days earlier when Smith spoke for a Sydney radio station, refuting a claim made by Australia’s government agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), which said it is possible for an entire country to depend solely on solar and wind energy.

That is “simply a lie (…) they (CSIRO) are telling lies” said the businessman, adding that since there is no example anywhere of a country managing to sustain itself, energy-wise, on renewables – “we should be making a decision to go nuclear now.”

This “activated” RMIT ABC Fact Check, that quickly came out with a report supposedly proving that Smith was wrong by making what turned out to be a false claim that Nepal (and three others) is an example of a country which uses 100 percent renewable energy sources.

What possessed RMIT to pick Nepal of all places as an example remains unknown, since reports say the country is “highly reliant on the debilitating burning of bio-fuel.” But it did provide Smith with another opportunity to call out liars.

“I’m angry. The whole document is full of misinformation and lies, it’s designed to discredit me. Absolutely disgusting,” Smith said.

“They (RMIT) say on the document… this is your inoculation against misinformation and their document is just completely misinformation because the left at the ABC have to be against nuclear, so they just make up every lie they can to distort anyone who says we have to move to nuclear,” he added.

Smith also said that the three other countries mentioned by RMIT – Albania, Bhutan and Paraguay – also all use fossil fuel.

Elon Musk was quick to support Smith’s comments, responding to journalist Michael Shellenberger by writing, “Having government ‘fact-checkers’ is a giant leap in the direction of tyranny.”

Previously, even Facebook had to cut ties with RMIT after the group was accused of hijacking its fact-checking program and behaving as an activist.

Read more at: ReclaimTheNet.org

Take Action:
Support Natural News by linking to this article from your website.
Permalink to this article:
Embed article link:
Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use is permitted with credit to NaturalNews.com (including a clickable link).
Please contact us for more information.
Free Email Alerts
Get independent news alerts on natural cures, food lab tests, cannabis medicine, science, robotics, drones, privacy and more.
App Store
Android App
eTrust Pro Certified

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2022 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

This site uses cookies
Natural News uses cookies to improve your experience on our site. By using this site, you agree to our privacy policy.
Learn More
Get 100% real, uncensored news delivered straight to your inbox
You can unsubscribe at any time. Your email privacy is completely protected.