Sunday, October 07, 2012

Jones, sans ads

I just love how this Alan Jones business is playing out. I was one of those who was coined a 'Howard Hater'. But never in my wildest dreams did I imagine him being put in a chaff bag and thrown out sea, as Jones suggested should happen to Australia's PM Gillard.

Those appalling types who listen to 2GB apparently have no respect for Australia and the office of the Prime Minister of our country.

Maybe one day, social media will go all wrong and vent itself on you or me, but I am seriously liking the way social media is heading, in calling matters like Jones to account. I hope this is the way of the future, that is when someone as abominable as Jones goes overboard, decent people can take effective action via social media.

Lol at the point that those who are protesting against Jones, don't listen to him. Yes, that is quite correct. Why would we? His devotees are old and comfortably off people who probably don't get out much and have a scant connection with the real world. And some could be real rednecks (there, rednecks is another useful word from the US)

I am starting  to like PM Gillard. She did not engage in the debate and apart from saying she will not appear on Jones' radio show, she maintained a dignified silence, in spite of Jones suggesting that her father died of shame about his daughter's political lies.

I am a little troubled though. Don't our newspapers, The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, own McQuarie Radio who owns 2GB? Did Fairfax sell off McQuarie? As for The Age being owned by Fairfax and not David Syme, how did that happen?

To put it ever so bluntly about Jones, I think we are observing a piece of shit being scraped off a shoe.

12 comments:

  1. The Age is no longer The Age, and hasn't been for a very long time.

    And while I admire Julia Gillard for treating Jones with the contempt he deserves, I am still appalled by ongoing suggestions that the government ought to have any kind of power to make the press accountable, over and above any laws we already have regarding label, inciting hatred or whatever.

    As for Jones, good riddance.

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    1. FC, in both size and quality. We have the Press Council and government orgs to deal with matters of the media, often toothless as they are. Rules are already in place. I think you are right in that we don't need more and I don't believe what Jones said 'this time' is a matter for anyone but him and the public.

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  2. That comment has really gotta be the lowest of the low i've heard in a long time. He is even to arrogant to say sorry and deserves everything he gets from now on.

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    1. Windsmoke, he and his supporters keep saying he has said sorry. Not once have I heard the word sorry.

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  3. Post Script: In this morning's Age is a report that Jones has share options in 2GB. Goodo. And while some advertisers have 12 month contracts locked in and will gradually drift back to sponsoring the show, it has nonetheless cost them a bucket in advertising to distance themselves from his remarks.

    As he struggles to get around with his BMW or Merc or whatever it is, it will surely hit his hip pocket nerve somehow.

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  4. FC, I tuned in for an unbearable five minutes this morning. Now he is upset for the Aussie battler companies that advertise with him. He also thinks very few people signed the petition. Those few signed multiple times. The man is ugly inside.

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  5. Eliza1:58 pm

    You call listeners of 2GB "appalling types" and you tuned in for an "unbearable five minutes" this morning, does this mean you are only slightly an "appalling type"?...Regardless of my views on Alan Jones I find your name calling offensive - surely people are free to listen to what they wish without being labelled....For God's sake what happened to decency?

    Just for the record, I believe Alan Jones' remark about Mr. Gillard was absolutely disgraceful!

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    1. Eliza, thanks for your comment. Normally I don't get personal, but he and his supporters are just beyond the pale.

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  6. @FruitCake; Jones' Mercedes has been taken away from him by the company he hired it from. They've cancelled his contract and all advertising on 2GB as well. Makes me like Mercedes even more.

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    1. River, it is coming across the MB is very cross with him and won't be back to advertise there anymore.

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  7. I wonder what happened to him to make him such an ugly man inside and out!

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    1. Who knows. I think his inside has bled to his outside.

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