Ruling class bully Alan Jones and his radio station 2 GB are complaining about cyber-bullying. Consumers like you and me have been telling advertisers not to advertise on his show after his ‘Julia Gillard’s dad died of shame’ comments.
Many companies have withdrawn, and 2GB decided to pre-empt the rot by making Jones’s morning show ad free. In doing so the head of the station and Jones both said this was a case of cyber-bullying.
Bullying? Here’s some examples, all from Jones.
“The old man recently died a few weeks ago of shame” because his daughter “told lies every time she stood for parliament.”
“She (the Prime Minister) said that we know societies only reach their full potential if women are politically participating. Women are destroying the joint – Christine Nixon in Melbourne, Clover Moore here. Honestly.”
“The woman (Julia Gillard) is off her tree – and quite frankly they should shove her and Bob Brown in a chaff bag and take them out as far to sea as they can – and tell her to swim home”.
This was one of five times that Jones suggested this method of disposal for the Prime Minister in 2011.
In response to a listener’s criticism of Gillard, Jones replied “Yeah, that’s it. Bring back the guillotine”.
Five years ago Jones, in the lead-up to the Cronulla riot, said: “This Sunday every Aussie in the Shire get down to North Cronulla to support the Leb and wog bashing day …”
The idea that Jones is victim rather than bully is laughable. Here is man who earns $4 m a year for his racist and sexist comments and for his anti-Labor vitriol. jones is toxic and now he has become toxic to advertisers.
His role is first to reflect the anger and despair of the lower middle classes, small business, retirees, and the more backward and usually non-unionised sectors of the workforce.
This banshee of reaction howls at the moon – the moon of Labor, of refugees, of Muslims, whatever the latest target is to take focus away from the real issue – capitalism.
But Jones performs another function. He gives reaction focus and direction. His audience joins in the baying. They feel better for having shouted in the dark. Their economic position, their uncertainty caught as they are between big business and unions, or the fear of becoming workers or unemployed, hasn’t changed but their emotions for a short while have improved.
That is why Alan Jones has a radio program and I don’t. He sells the story of capitalism through hate and vitriol against its victims. He mobilises one section of potential victims against another set of worse of victims.
While boycott campaigns might work for a while, in the long run they don’t challenge the system that produces Jones and his ilk across Australian radio.
We’d be more effective in the long run arguing and agitating for the politics that could overthrow the rotten system that breeds the Alan Jones of the world.