Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Cyclone misogyny: deja vu journalism

Where have I seen this before?

Yes, it's the same statistically debunked "research" on hurricane names in the USA dredged up and recycled again by an "award winning" ABC journalist in Darwin almost eighteen (18) months after its first run around the media circuit, which had also included the ABC.

This "research" was statistically annihilated by Paul Fritjers from UQ at Club Troppo: How to lie with statistics: the case of female hurricanes. Which I then posted on at Loose Change: How to lie with statistics: the case of female hurricanes.

Never mind. La Canna has sent it off to the BOM and elicited a gotcha response for a headline:
"We will have to get someone onto it," Mr Sharp said.
Probably best not to waste scarce funds on this one Sharpie! Hopefully we will hear nothing further on it from the BOM but there is plenty of scope for another trot around the media circuit.

Probably shouldn't be too tough on La Canna. Must be difficult as an ABC journo in Darwin trying to compete with the now officially PM sanctioned NT News.

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