blog You wouldn’t believe the number of outraged readers who’ve contacted me today encouraging me to take The Australian newspaper to town for its controversially headlined story in this morning’s edition, entitled “A billion Chinese to get an NBN for a third of the cost of ours”. Well, I could have knocked this one on its head, but Crikey correspondent Bernard Keane has already done an admirable job ahead of me. Keane writes (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“China isn’t getting an NBN, and it doesn’t cost a third of ours, regardless of what The Australian claims. I want to say something that will shock you: a story in The Australian about the NBN is rubbish. I know. I know. I’ll just wait a few minutes while you pick yourselves up off the floor, dust yourselves off and get over the shock.”
I don’t think many Delimiter readers would take what News Ltd publications have to say about the NBN that seriously at this point, but just in case you were getting a bit worried about this one, rest easy. The good Bernard’s got your back. Journalistic sanity has been restored. Of course, it wasn’t precisely hard. All Bernard had to do was prove that you couldn’t actually roll out a similar fibre NBN to the whole of China for ~ $12 billion. Not precisely the hardest task, given the size of the country and its population. But then, this kind of maths is beyond many people.
While we’re at it, we should also point out that this article in The Age this week was also of concern, falsely associating layoffs with the National Broadband Network. But not to worry — telco commentator Michael Wyres has thoroughly debunked that one as well. Honestly. This is almost like playing whack-a-mole, with the moles being mainstream media and the hammer being the independent upstarts who dare write shameful, shameful truth on their own websites. Mainstream media: 0. “Bloggers”: 2. Next!