Three trumped up claims can’t beat facts

October 14th, 2014

Desktop publishing has done wonders for a generation of computer users, but one of the unfortunate side effects is the ability it gives activists to generate deliberately misleading material in their ongoing efforts to obfuscate, scare and engender fear in communities.

In this post, we take a closer look at a triumvirate of trumped up claims:

  1. A recent foray into newspaper advertising by the Conservation Council of Western Australia ended badly after the Australia Petroleum Production & Exploration Association complained to West Australian newspapers about the accuracy of the advertisement, and the newspaper group upheld the complaint, finding that each of the statements made by the Council were misleading and deceptive.
  2. The Australian Greens recently circulated a meme showing a drilling rig in close proximity to one of Australia’s best known landmarks, Uluru in the Northern Territory, asking the ominous question ‘Is nothing sacred?’ The answer appears to be that the truth certainly isn’t, because the closest exploration to Uluru is occurring almost 200 kilometres away. A closer examination of the photo shows that the drill rig appears to be hovering just above the ground, which means that unless levitating drill rigs are now a thing, then it’s straight back to graphic design school for whoever assembled this misleading meme.
  3. And lastly, a graphic doing the rounds on social media that contains so many inaccuracies that it’s hard to know where to start. With no less than nine separate misrepresentations in the graphic, we’ve compiled a helpful ready reckoner of the fractivist falsehoods contained within. You can download our Fractivist Factcheck here.

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