All websites have their biases: there is obviously a great degree of support for NBN on say Whirlpool and some of the specialist tech sites, less so in say News Limited outlets and the Australian Financial Review. These biases often reflect their audiences. A website with a largely financial audience may find it hard to support the NBN policy as it stands both through editorial policy and the types of comments its readers make; a website with say a pro-gamer or IT industry audience will tend to the reverse.
Okay – but what about the government-owned and controlled ABC?
[Nick Ross] is the technology and games editor for ABC Online, the website of the national broadcaster and one of the most highly read sources of Australian news and analysis on the web. He is subject to a code that governs how he exercises his duties – specifically in terms of the need for balance and standards.
However, Nick has used the web platform he edits to publish article after article expressing highly personal views that advocate the ALP Government’s NBN policy and totally disparage the Opposition’s.
The Nick Ross article comparing the government and opposition positions is here. The take down is here. The real tragedy is that both sides are locked into a very expensive public infrastructure project.