The unsackable Alberici

No matter what happens in the economy because of COVID-19, you can be sure that Emma Alberici will never get the boot from the ABC.

Emma Alberici has quite a history of cocking up basic reports, whether it’s not understanding what a surplus is when interviewing Jim Chalmers, botching a report into corporate tax that had nine fundamental errors, or her latest, a tweet about the JobKeeper package.

Here’s the tweet that went out to Alberici’s 126,000 Twitter followers and then Caro’s 112,000.

So much anger. So few facts.

So, is she right?

Let’s look at the PM’s very basic, easily readable press statement:

Full time and part time employees, including stood down employees, would be eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment.  Where a casual employee has been with their employer for at least the previous 12 months they will also be eligible for the Payment.  An employee will only be eligible to receive this payment from one employer.

This is pretty important:

It’s important for a few reasons.

First, it affirms, yet again, the bias of the ABC. It should have admitted the error. She should have apologised.

It also highlights that when the media talks about the lack of trust in politicians and our institutions, they should first look to themselves.

But they won’t. Ever.

Last night, Andrew Bolt ran this tweet (annoyingly, after the research here, but great minds, eh?), and Blt presented this from 25 March:

Choose love over hate?

At 3:20 am this morning, the SMH reported this:

Italy has reached another grim milestone, with total fatalities from coronavirus passing 12,000 since the outbreak came to light on February 21.

The world’s worst-hit country recorded 837 new deaths in 24 hours taking the overall toll to 12,428.

But the number of new infections was broadly steady, growing by 4053 against 4050 the day prior, bringing total infections to 105,792.

With 5217 new cases registered on Sunday and 5974 on Saturday, the data suggests the growth curve of new infections is flattening.

The daily tally of deaths in Lombardy, the worst-affected region, declined sharply, and new infections were also down for at least the third day running, suggesting the situation is improving there faster than elsewhere in the country.

Dangerous fool.

May the WHO isn’t taking this as seriously as they’re pretending to

For the love of God, this is true:

LGBT+ icon Lady Gaga recently delayed the release of her long-awaited sixth studio album, Chromatica, but it appears she’s had more important things to deal with.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), announced on Twitter that he had been on the phone with the ‘Stupid Love’ singer to discuss the coronavirus pandemic.

Ghebreyesus wrote: “A very good call with Lady Gaga. I thanked her for her continuing efforts to show compassion and kindness to the world.

“She is ready to support WHO in any way possible in the fight against COVID-19. Together!”

The day they spoke was actually Lady Gaga’s 34th birthday, so the WHO director followed up with a second message: “And happy birthday Lady Gaga

It’s actually real.

1984 was a warning, not a textbook you fascists

Yes you have a right to be angry, no your anger will produce nothing

We need China more than China needs us so there’s nothing we can do about this but stew. Sorry.

A former Chinese military officer worked with Chinese Communist Party agencies and a group with links to organised crime to export tonnes of Australian medical supplies to Wuhan at the height of the coronavirus epidemic there.

The former officer, Kuang Yuanping, is now planning to bring medical equipment to Australia given the peak of the COVID-19 crisis in China appears to have passed.

People familiar with his plans said he wanted to help Australia’s efforts to contain the virus and assist China’s soft power and political influence goals in this country through charitable activity.

This isn’t how soft power is meant to work.