It's really hard to say if he lies on purpose or if he sensationalizes a story to such a degree that it seems that way when it's not his intent.
What happens is he jumps all over a story before he takes the time to fact check and look into his sources and I'll give you an excellent example!
Lately he's been on this "Internet 2 is going to destroy the world" kick and his primary source is this guy who says he's a contributer to Time
Magazine and has inside sources at Telus and Bell Canada. Telus, he clams, is where an early roll out is beginning to take shape and will manifest
itself over the coming 2-3 months in Canada. The full roll out he says isn't until 2010 for Canada and 2012 for the US. He goes into a very detailed
story involving censorship, complete loss of privacy, massive cost increases via a pay per site outside your network policy and corporatization of all
Problems with this include:
1. First he claims Telus is owned by Verizon which is painfully false. Verizon isn't even a player in Canada's telecom market and they certainly
don't own Telus. Huge factual error in the first few sentences which proves he did zero fact checking.
2. I've got a family member that works at Telus in upper management dealing directly with network infrastructure, he's told me the furthest they've
progressed with Internet 2, is sending a tiny handful engineers to concept demonstrations where they watch power point presentations
; there are
no working models outside select universities and those are very basic. Alex is talking about beginning a roll out in a few months.
3. The underlying infrastructure currently doesn't exist in the US or Canada to handle an Internet 2 based network configuration as it's planned
now. Estimates are 5-10 years out and no funds have been approved. None.
4. The writer of the original article that Alex quotes from isn't a regular contributer to Time, Dylon Pattyn, in fact has never written for Time at
5. Pattyn has since retracted most of his ridiculous claims, admitted to not doing enough research and regretted allowing this farce to get out of
hand. However, even after his source jumps ship, Alex is intent to go down with it.
There's going to be a concept test next month sometime I believe, in Europe, but it's a test of transfer protocols. No content, no nothing, yet
watch his reaction when it takes place.
The story itself is meaningless, it's his sensationalizing of issues he clearly has no knowledge about at all and is willing to take the word of some
nameless blogger and pretend like he's found a world exclusive.