November 16, 2011
Terrorgraph spins up big lies in new Carbon Tax terror rant
Well this is sad, as it demonstrates how low News Ltd has sunk in its demolition of journalism, but also funny in its over the top bias. The Sydney Terrorgraph has turned a fair and reasonable warning to businesses to not exploit consumers into “another layer of red tape”:
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has warned small businesses they must quiz suppliers, analyse bills and make mathematical calculations before blaming the carbon tax for soaring costs, adding a new layer of red tape for companies already overburdened by paperwork.
A journalist wrote that? Hmmm. The ACCC is simply saying that they will be looking out for unreasonable price rises deliberately hidden under the “carbon tax made me do it” banner. If businesses make the claim – as with any product-related claim – they must be able to prove it. Which is a warning to opportunists – and not red-tape at all. It’s obvious. But not to the Terrorgraph.
It’s unbalanced, distorted reporting, surely? Oh sure, the ACCC gets its say later, but not before the “real” story is trampled over, beaten up and the distortion writ large. But wait, the really funny bit comes next when the (obviously unbiased!) Chamber of Commerce and Industry spokesperson claims that businesses were being coerced into “lying” by the ACCC (as the government’s stooge, apparently). So rather than being warned not to lie and make unsupported, unjustified comments (as per the ACCC’s statement) instead the business community is being unfairly asked to lie to cover up real carbon tax costs. Huh? So doing the math that you really have to do anyway and simply telling the truth is now tantamount to lying?
What an odd world.
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s director of economics Greg Evans claimed businesses were being coerced into lying.