Silence Alan Jones? No! Imagine him in government
The latest attempt to silence Alan Jones is both sinister and dangerous.
If it were successful, the damage to media freedom would be significant.
It is not the first attempt.
When James Packer decided he did not want to be a media mogul, Channel 9 canned the one segment of its breakfast show which brought farmers in from their field, interrupted breakfast chat around the nation, and was a pivot around transport to schools and workplaces.
They believed Jones would reveal to them stories which might not make the news or present views close to their own – views often diametrically opposed to those of the political class, including the gallery.
Why do this to your ratings? Why shoot yourself in the foot?
And why did the ABC underwrite Chris Masters’ pseudo psychoanalysis, Jonestown?
In it Masters claimed Jones’ constant flaying of the rich and powerful was no public service. It was a repression of his sexuality aggravated by a personality disorder, a kind of schizophrenia. His repression led to pain, which was alleviated on air as a self medicating advice.
He came to robust talk back as a “virus in search of a host.”
This failed to put Jones off the air.
And now why is there such obviously contrived and manufactured outrage over an unwise and indeed unworthy comment made at a private function and so clearly taken out of its raucous context?
Imagine if every dinner party aside by those same outraged elites made the Sunday papers. With this slim justification, the elites are hoping to silence Jones, and that as a result the rest of the media – and especially all talkback will fall into line.
They want them to do what the gallery does best – repackage government press releases and spin, endorsing their prevailing fashionable view of the world.
Those who say this is paranoid have repressed any recall of what happened last year when some brave souls dared examine Julia Gillard’s role in setting up for her boyfriend an incorporated association in the name of her other client the AWU. But the AWU had not authorised this. Nor did she let the authorities know what she believed its object was to be a “slush fund” for the re-election of AWU officials.
This was not just about the PM’s role. It fell square into the current burning issue of the protection of union officials from proper scrutiny and the scandals about this which were being exposed almost every day.
When the pressure was on, the media chiefs went to water.
Michael Smith and Glen Milne lost their jobs. Andrew Bolt was warned off and seriously considered resigning.
Then the media were threatened with draconian regulation because of an entirely unrelated phone hacking scandal in Britain.
To the tsunami of “he would say that wouldn’t he” reactions orchestrated by the battalion of taxpayer funded spin doctors, Jones is no stooge for the Coalition – as anybody who actually listened to him would know.
It may come as a surprise to them that he is as totally opposed to the death penalty as any of them. He shows no interest in the swathe of moral issues which so exercise the religious right. His views coincide with many of the old Country Party, the DLP and those old time Labor leaders like Curtin and Chifley – the ones who did not leave office as millionaires intent on accumulating even more.
Not so long ago he irritated some of his listeners by the warmth and understanding he gave to a forever giggling education minister, that is until she reneged on her election promise not to impose a carbon dioxide tax.
He enthusiastically greeted the election of Barack Obama when many conservatives expressed strong reservations about his past career and especially his far left links.
Jones speaks for a constituency ignored and at times despised by much of the media and the political class, a modern version of Menzies’ forgotten people.
They are the farmers, small business people, the carers and the volunteers, the self funded retirees – in brief all of those in “struggle street”.
Add to them the athletes, the sports lovers, the racing world and musicians – Jones’ interests are as wide as they are deep.
Jones’ supporters know of and do not begrudge him his wealth. They also know of – but never from him – his many acts of generosity.
He puts the core of his energy into what he believes to be the national interest.
Were he in government, dams would be built once more, water harvested, and industries such as cattle exports and fishing encouraged rather than threatened.
The quarantine would not have been abandoned, wind farms and CSG would not be laying waste to prime agricultural land, and people’s land not be stolen by rendering it useless.
Bureaucracy would not kill initiative, monopolists would not target and destroy small business, migrants would be chosen on merit and their ability to assimilate and multiculturalism replaced with a multi-racial endorsement of traditional Australian values.
In the meantime, woe betide any politician, however mighty, who is elected on such an agenda, and does nothing in office.
And those who support the battlers’ agenda – from any party – gain his enthusiastic approval.
His door is always open, but few among his enemies would dare come on to his programme.
The fact is Alan Jones remains in touch with his vast constituency.
And they are many times the size of those elites who have persuaded some of the more gullible advertisers that they actually listen to commercial radio and are interested in their products. They wouldn’t be seen dead listening to 2GB or in a Bing Lee store.
Jones is far too tough to fall for these threats and his listeners far too loyal not to remember those advertisers who took their business but ran off at the very first shot.
One thing is certain. This latest sally by the elites and their taxpayer funded spin doctors to silence Jones – and all the recalcitrant commentators – will not be the last.
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