Whirlpool more accurate than AFR, says Conroy

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has delivered a fiery tirade against the media for constantly repeating misconceptions about Labor’s National Broadband Network project, singling out the Financial Review newspaper for particular ridicule and recommending that those interested in accuracy read broadband forum Whirlpool.

The Labor Senator opened a press conference held in Sydney yesterday to release NBN Co’s latest corporate plan by speaking in detail about what he said were a series of “misconceptions” regularly repeated in the media with respect to the NBN.

You often think if Malcolm Turnbull put out a press release saying ‘Cost blowout in the NBN due to the Earth being flat’, it’d probably lead the front page of the Fin Review lately, Conroy told the audience, which was composed of technology journalists from mainstream publications such as The Australian, The Financial Review and technology vertical outlets such as Communications Day, ZDNet and iTNews.

For those that are interested in a comprehensive discussion of these issues, I can recommend to you the Whirlpool website, particularly the thread entitled ‘fighting the FUD’, Conroy added. It is a very informative thread, and I would encourage you to take a look at it. because it does address quite a few of the issues which we debate regularly — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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