Tuesday 14th of July 2020

enjoy your retirement, alan, we sure will enjoy yours...

Jones sparked outrage with his vile comments regarding former prime minister Julia Gillard.

In 2011 Jones said on his radio show that Ms Gillard should be “put in a chaff bag” and dumped at sea.

He offered a half-hearted apology later in the year after an address to the National Press Club, saying, “Sometimes in the heat of what you’re doing — you’re going at a 100 miles per hour — these things are said.
“We don’t always say things that are right, we don’t always say things that are fair, (but) we should try to.”

Jones’ most shocking insult to the ex-prime minister came a year later in 2012, not long after the sudden death of Ms Gillard’s father.

Jones joked at a private Sydney University Liberal club dinner: “Every person in the caucus of the Labor Party knows that Julia Gillard is a liar, everybody. I will come to that in a moment. The old man recently died a few weeks ago of shame. To think that he has a daughter who told lies every time she stood for parliament.”

He also suggested that Ms Gillard had benefited in the polls as a result of her emotional speech in parliament in which she paid tribute to her father, John.

“Of course she’s ahead in preferred prime minister (polls),” he said. “She cries because her father died, she’s on the news every day.”

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The Acma found Jones breached broadcasting codes for decency in his use of “violent metaphors” about New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern and accuracy in his comments about climate change. It is the latest in a litany of broadcasting breaches.

Because he had already apologised to Ardern, he only had to mention his errors on climate change. [What did he say, what did he say????]

The now-infamous August 2019 broadcast – in which Jones said of Adern “I just wonder whether Scott Morrison’s going to be fully briefed to shove a sock down her throat” – attracted more than 125 complaints to Acma, which found it “offended against generally accepted community standards of decency”.

It was this level of offence, piled on top of other offences against women over the years, in particular against Julia Gillard, that drove the social media campaign to target his advertisers.

“Every person in the caucus of the Labor party knows that Julia Gillard is a liar, everybody,” Jones said at a Sydney University Liberal club dinner. “I will come to that in a moment. The old man recently died a few weeks ago of shame. To think that he has a daughter who told lies every time she stood for parliament.”

Appalled by the slur on Ardern, a Facebook group called Mad Fucking Witches, and activist group Sleeping Giants on Twitter, hammered Jones’s advertisers through emails and on social media every time they spent money placing an ad on his breakfast show.

The rise and fall of Alan Jones, Australia's leading shock jock

By September the exodus of more than 110 brands forced 2GB management to write to advertisers promising a review of the Jones program.

But none of the remedial action, including an extra dump button, worked. While advertisers drifted back after withdrawing initially when he said Gillard’s father “died of shame”, this time they never came back.

The companies which pulled out late last year include RSL Art Unions, Bing Lee, Snooze, Bunnings, Volkswagen, Koala Mattresses, Anytime Fitness, Total Tools, AVEO, Lowes, Chemist Warehouse, Red Cross, OMG Mattresses, Hyundai, Sleeping Duck and Scali.

The station, now under the control of Nine Entertainment, was losing so much money they chose to pay out Jones’s contract to the tune of $4m rather than have him hang around.

Nine newspapers have reported the show lost as much as 50% of its revenue from the commercial backlash.

If Jones’s rhetoric was poison to the advertisers who pulled out of 2GB it didn’t seem to bother the celebrities who turned up to praise him on the way out.

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the sycophant works the room like a turd-fly...




Unfortunately, you are so right, Mark, the carbon industry cannot survive without government largess as well, and lets not mention the companies that pay no taxes in this country... Oh well less mention a couple of them:



And by the way, Mr Latham, your election to the NSW parliament was only due to the Pauline Hanson drawcard, not due to your jumping ship ability... As a stand alone you would still be "in the wilderness"(after 14 years?)... And yes, Alan Jones had an audience of working class people because he knew what outrageous rubbish to tell them... Bigoted, biased, erroneous, uncouth blabbermouth for the easy already prejudiced preys who will believe anything as long as it's loud and delivered with enough venom... Hitler could have offered him a job in the propaganda unit, except Jones had a bit of a soft heart for a few good causes.




The importance of knowing you might be wrong


We all find it difficult to admit when we might be wrong. In an increasingly polarised world, it seems as if people are becoming more convinced of their own beliefs and less willing to contemplate other points of view. But could this be to the detriment of our intelligence?

In the third part of our intelligence series we investigate the concept of intellectual humility, and whether it could actually be key to making us smarter.