Fake Conroy abuses Telstra boss Bradlow

Fake Conroy abuses Telstra boss Bradlow

Summary: Fake Stephen Conroy satirist Leslie Nassar has launched an abusive blog assault on the Telstra boss of his division, chief technology officer Hugh Bradlow, ending the post by telling him to "go f*** yourself".

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Fake Stephen Conroy satirist Leslie Nassar has launched an abusive blog assault on the Telstra boss of his division, chief technology officer Hugh Bradlow, ending the post by telling him to "go f*** yourself".

Leslie Nassar

Leslie Nassar
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Nassar this morning claimed he had been sacked by Telstra due to his online satirical efforts, a claim Telstra quickly denied, with Bradlow writing on the telco's Now We Are Talking website that Nassar would be subject to disciplinary action but not fired.

"Leslie is subject to disciplinary action not because he Twittered as the Fake Stephen Conroy, but because of his ongoing unauthorised public statements about Telstra, including abusive comments towards a colleague," wrote Bradlow. "There was never any consideration on my part of Leslie losing his job over the Fake Stephen Conroy matter."

"It's good to see you speaking publicly about this," Nassar wrote in response to Bradlow's post. "Of course, you didn't speak to me privately about it until 8:30am this morning; 10 days after the story broke, but whatever. You're a busy man."

Nassar wrote he had requested a written order from Bradlow that he stop blogging and Twittering as Fake Stephen Conroy; a request, he wrote, that Bradlow refused.

The satirist then claimed he had been a victim of a "smear campaign" by Telstra's public policy and communications arm and social media chief Mick Hickinbotham, who had attempted to provide Telstra's view of Nassar's hidden identity on the Now We Are Talking (NWAT) site.

You didn't speak to me privately about it until 8:30am this morning; 10 days after the story broke, but whatever. You're a busy man.

Leslie Nassar

Hickinbotham had initially written that Telstra had not asked Nassar to stop using the Fake Stephen Conroy persona, but later updated his post with further information from within the company to note that Nassar's managers had in fact done so.

"On Hickinbotham, I believe him when he said nobody told him when he posted that piece on NWAT," wrote Nassar, however, he claimed that he sent Hickinbotham messages about the halt order from his managers, without result. That situation, he wrote, led Nassar to comment publicly about what he saw as Telstra's falsehood.

Nassar said it was a recent satirical blog post on his Department of Internets site that had led to the disciplinary action, but said that others within Telstra, such as public policy and communications staffer Jeremy Mitchell, enjoyed his work and had wanted to discuss the possibility of Nassar writing for NWAT in future.

"Finally, and just so there's no confusion, I do get annoyed when I'm maligned. Even more annoyed when I'm just flat-out lied about by a company that demands an employee's absolute loyalty, but is utterly unwilling to reciprocate. Sometimes that annoyance leads to harsh words, so here are some for you; go f*** yourself," Nassar concluded.

A Telstra spokesperson had not yet responded to a request for comment.

Topics: Telcos, Telstra, Social Enterprise

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  • He just got too full of himself

    Bloody hell, is this still a news story?!

    Nassar was totally within his rights to have published his mediocre satire, but I wouldn't expect to keep my job if I publicly swore at my boss like he did.

    He genuinley held the moral high ground once he was "outed" and represented an interesting test case in how a company should handle social media, but he blew it by losing his rag and abusing his colleagues in public.

    This gave Telstra the easy way out of just firing him for unacceptable behaviour.

    Seems like the media attention got to his head and fuelled his view of himself as fighting against "the man" and he made the silly mistake of dropping the humour and turning aggressive.
    anonymous
  • Unbelieveable and outrageous.

    Yes, this guy is a dead set loose cannon. No idea of decency or giving his employer a fair go. Telstra will be better off without him if his actions are an indication of his operational attitude.
    anonymous
  • Exactly.

    I agree Sydney. As I ahve said in another thread here, anyone that knocks the p!ss out of their boss and expects to keep their job needs their head read. I just fail to see this bloke's methodology working no matter whether the boss happens to be Telstra or any other company.

    I wish him well with getting another job.
    anonymous
  • Play fair.

    So do I Mel as long as he did not want to work for me.
    anonymous
  • Not even liking him anymore.

    Sorry, but he's just isn't sexy nor charming enough to be a celebrity.


    He might end up in Big Brother or some crappy reality show, but that's pretty much it...
    anonymous
  • Give a man enough rope..........

    Seems to me that this bloke is your typical twit/blog/facebook etc type.

    They think that they can say and do anything in cyberspace and be free from any responsibility.

    We need to educate our children (he is one of those) that everything we say or do reflects on us and we have a social responsibility to ourselves.

    I really dont care if they sack him or not - plenty of peiople swear at their bosses and their bosses are to weak to take them on because of the stupid labour laws in Australia.

    If I worked with him, I wouldnt be talking to him or leaving anything on my desk he could "accidentally" look at.
    anonymous
  • lessons

    regardless of what Leslie did, I certainly will not be teaching my children to submissevly do whatever the boss says M0tt. I will also teach them to be a bit more adult, than to not talk to someone simply because of something that other person said, which had nothing to do with me personally.

    good thing the previous generations had a bit more intestinal fortitude than you. otherwise we'd still be working 50 hours per week, no leave, bending over when the boss says and of course not talking to half our workmates becasue of something they said about someone else.

    better teach yourself the facts of life and grow up a bit before you teach anyone else.
    anonymous
  • Loyalty

    Yes Sydney I agree with you this time. I think these days loyalty does not exist to your employer. Whilst I do not privately agree with many things that Telstra do, provided it is legal, then you should perform your duties as directed. No comments should be made publicly as this is usually the domain of Corporate Affairs. Ultimately it is the board that is responsible if things go awry.
    anonymous
  • Whats rights do Telstra have about your non-paid time

    Even though Nassar did over step the mark, the principal that Nassar was using an alias in his own time to write his own satire has nothing to do with Telstra.

    The fact that he chose to write satire (at the time) about a Telstra and Conroy is the only link to his employer given his alias is "Fake Conroy" not "Fake Telstra Exec". Telstra as should any other employer tread very carefully if the volunteered efforts of a satirist are to be punished because of what is said or done in your own time. Maybe these companies will start pursuing stand-up comedians as well.

    Unless these companies are paying for the satirists efforts and therefore have rights to what is being said or done, BACK OFF.
    anonymous
  • That is what is being said

    I don't think there are too many legitimate arguments against the point that he was totally within his rights to publish the Fake Conroy posts. However he has seemingly got himself fired for his public comments made since his "outing."

    Whether he was going to get the boot anyway we will never know, because he pretty much guaranteed his sacking by his ill-advised later blog posts.
    anonymous
  • Consistency

    Ok. so the key is consistency.. I could give you at least 8 managers names that have verbally abused and ridiculed multiple amounts of staff members with ill intent.. Where do I post?
    anonymous
  • easy on cobba :P

    Hey anon,

    Really have to say that if your going to sit there and hurl shit at your boss, you really have to expect to get fired.

    Im not talking about just Telstra, im talking about any job and workplace.

    You don't have to be meek and submissive, but you don't get anywhere in life by being just plain rude and obnoxious.

    Sure, if your boss is being a twit, you may have to say something and certainly if theyre trying to make you do something unethical or illegal I believe it is your obligation to stand up to them, however abuse just isnt on.

    having "intestinal fortitude" im assuming doesn't equate to being a rude loudmouthed lout.

    If your going to have a whack at a boss, at least use some tact and have some facts to back you up instead of just saying "fuck you"
    anonymous
  • Action comes from Action

    Hey mate,

    Fair enough, you need to be consistent. But I can tell you for a fact as a worker at Telstra, that if my boss was to verbally abuse me, he'd be on a written warning the moment I called HR to complain about it.

    Having worked at a couple of large companies I can tell you that this is the case for all of them as they all know about their "duty of care" and HR are just as happy to apply the boot to a general manager or call centre manager as they are to an employee who has been abusing people.

    If they don't, they leave themselves open to legal action.

    So basically, cool, list whatever you want really, but its pretty pointless unless your claiming that the people abused have actually reported and complained about their behaviour to the appropriate area, in this case the company HR department.

    If they have, and they have it documented, and the behaviour continued, they should be seeing a lawyer.

    'nough said really.
    anonymous
  • Nasser go what he deserved.

    Anyone acting the way Nasser did, legally or illegally, should expect to be shown the door sooner than later ! Who would want to have a goose like that working for them. His comments remind me of a cantankerous galoot that posts regularly on this site.
    anonymous
  • Almost Ill Inside

    I can't believe it. Sydney's said something that I agree with. Mel's said something about agreeing with Sydney. Hell must be freezing over. The only difference I see here is that this wasn't a news story the first time. This out-&-out wally is given his 15 minutes of fame for being a dork. He has no credibility, has publically hurt someone's career, someone who has so far done nothing to deserve what this dork has done to him. He's as bad as those creeps who wait outside celebs homes trying to get a pic of them naked.

    The sooner this creep is ignored the better.
    anonymous