The children’s crusade

I endured Q&A only because Alan Jones was on, but they left him almost entirely out of it until the last moment when they turned to climate change. So he told the story of how he had asked Tanya Plibersek the proportion of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and she had not known. How could she even begin to pontificate on such an issue without such a basic fact, he asked, at which moment he turned to Ms Workman, journalist at The Oz, and asked her the same question. AND SHE DID NOT KNOW!!!!

Great television. So here’s a prediction for the next election: global warming climate change will not be an issue. It has already crested and is now in retreat. It is heading into global moron territory.

The video, by the way, is from 2014.

MORNING UPDATE: Just wandered into the kitchen and who should they be replaying on Channel 10 but Alan Jones and the snippet on climate change from last night. And there was Kerry-Anne defending Alan Jones and saying how mad it is to ruin our economy over such an unproven bit of nonsense.

You can watch Alan Jones for yourself. The entire segment takes six minutes but Alan comes in around four minutes in.

Here is the news report where the twitter feed is taken from with this as the sub-heading: There’s always a cringeworthy moment on Q&A and it came in the form of Alan Jones trying to take on this topic. Here is how the report describes what happened.

The 2GB host then went on about how much carbon dioxide is in the atmosphere and reeled off so many numbers in a row, no one could keep up.

“It’s 0.04 per cent, and of that 0.04 of a per cent, human beings around the world create 3 per cent. And of that 3 per cent Australia creates 1.3 per cent. So for the 1.3 per cent of 3 per of 0.04 per cent we then decide to have a national economic suicide note.”

Everyone was waiting for him to get out a bag of rice (you can relive that moment in the video above), but thankfully Tony Jones stepped in after pleas from the panel to make Alan stop.

They only tried to make him stop him because they had no answers to what he said.

How does one make a complaint to ACMA?

There is a story at Andrew Bolt On the Campaign to Silence Alan Jones which is about how this body, ACMA, had censured Jones for some things he had said on air. This is from the story:

The regulator was critical of Jones’ use of exaggerated and emotive terms, such as ‘white elephant’ and ‘disaster’. ‘His delivery was emotional, the language judgemental and hyperbolic, and the statements lacking in specificity,’ ACMA said. All in all, Jones was deemed to be expressing his opinion, not fact.

Is it actually illegal to express opinion and not fact in the media? Is it wrongful conduct to use emotive terms and exaggeration? Is one not allowed to be judgmental? Well every time I head over to the ABC it seems to me that I am witness to all kinds of illegality and hadn’t even known it.

So I thought I would check out how to make a complaint myself. I don’t watch much TV but I do occasionally catch a moment or two of the 7:30 Report or Lateline and have spent a painful fifteen minutes with Q&A on occasion. But if Alan Jones can be the subject of a complaint so can all of these.

But how does one do it? And what exactly can one complain about? I went to the Making a Complaint page on the ACMA website but I must confess being no farther ahead. The people who set this page up must have taken jobs with Obama in the US because try as I might, I could not find out what exactly I am allowed to complain about.