Dr Karl - Misleading and Wrong Information
We have seen lots of “Fake News” from various media and online sources over the last few years. Now the Australian trusted public radio station the ABC has created “Fake Information”. Dr Karl, the ABCs trusted science communicator, has made several recent pronouncements on ABC radio station JJJ. Dr Karl has claimed that concerns that are being raised about an untested 5G rollout are ‘hysteria’. part 1 and part 2.
Dr Karl’s talks begin with a clear and correct explanation of the EMF spectrum, but then goes on to make incorrect and misleading statements. He declares that only the very high non-ionising frequencies can cause cancer. This statement has been falsified by the recent NTP study.
One of our members, Dr Richard Cullen, who has a PhD in electrical engineering, with many years of experience in IT has evaluated Dr Karl’s recent pronouncements. We have edited transcripts below.
From his analysis of the transcripts, Richard has found that the following articles of the ABC’s Code of Practice have been breached: 2.1, 2.2, 4.1, 4.4, 4.5, and 5.4
Questions: Who is being advantaged by the spread of such misinformation? Why would the ABC be supporting this industry and risking human health to achieve that outcome?
A quick look into the science of lies reveals several different tactics at play here.
Fortunately, the majority of Australians and ABC listeners are well educated and have a good sense about what is the truth and what is not. I suggest all Australians who are appalled with this spread of misinformation by the ABC put in an official letter of complaint. Consultations are generally open for four to six weeks so we have about a week to register the complaint with the ACMA
ORSAA has previously written to Channel 10 on the False comment by Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki (Dr Karl) on ‘The Project’ Risks Health of Australians and breaches the commercial television industry code of practice (Accuracy and Fairness (Section 3.3); see letter below. Project 10's reply letter is also included below for your interest. Within the letter the Project 10 regulatory officer pointed out Dr Karl was invited on the program to talk about his book. The EMR comment might have been done off subject topic but was done for a reason and was anything but a throw-away line. The ARPANSA (ICNIRP) thermal acute heating standard is not really applicable to RF-EMR that we are all exposed to on a 24/7 daily basis, this is why other countries in the world have selected a more protective standard for their citizens. There is a reason why 26,000 scientists around the world signed a petition to oppose 5G. A balanced and accurate view of the science is all we are calling for at ORSAA, that we take a precautionary approach especially when so much is now known about non-thermal effects of this radiation and its long-term effects on insects, birds and human life on this planet. We are being irradiated without consent and 5G takes this exposure to a new high.
The ICNIRP standard is anything but a balanced view of the evidence and is the product of a closed club of scientists who believe that thermal effects are the only health effects of consequence so concepts that we have for low dose ionising radiation exposure like "As Low As Reasonably Achievable" (ALARA) are completely absent.
Is Dr Karl just a showman who is prepared to distort the evidence to entertain and the facts don’t really matter?
On other subjects unfamiliar to me, one has to ask the question, “Is anything Dr Karl says factual?”
It would appear that trusted ‘experts’ are being used by vested interests to mislead the public. The ABC appears to be compromised on this issue of EMF research and health.
A much deeper problem in the selection of experts.
The Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC) as a source of information on 5G
As stated on their website:
The Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC) supports the accurate reporting of science in the media and has occupied this critical space at the front-line since 2005.
The not-for-profit Centre works with around 1,600 journalists and 5,000 scientists and has no agenda other than to support the accurate reporting of science in the media for the benefit of the Australian public.
As an independent service for journalists, we help media outlets cover some of the biggest stories in the news - from climate, energy and natural disasters to diet, health, technology and space.
It is emphasised here that the AusSMC is doing an impressive job of providing expert advice on a wide range of vital issues today and is providing an essential service with the ABC as a top foundation supporter. In this regard, it stands to reason that an ABC presenter, such as Dr. Karl, would rely on the scientific advice from the relevant expert at the AusSMC.
However, one issue of concern is the possibility of undue scientific advice bias if a financial supporter of the AusSMC is also an active supporter of an industry that is in question over possible hazards from its activities. The issue of possible financial bias was recognised by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors when they state (in part):
Financial relationships … are the most easily identifiable conflicts of interest and the most likely to undermine the credibility of the journal, the authors, and of science itself.
In relation to the source of Dr. Karl’s viewpoint over 5G technology, it is of concern that one of the supporters of the AusSMC is the telecommunications industry trade association, the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) which is actively promoting the rollout of 5G in Australia.
For more on the possibility of inherent bias on the business model of Science Media Centres see
“The UK’s Science Media Centre model of science communication An uncensored history"