The Alan Jones Saga

 Who is he?

 

An overly opinionated ABC broadcaster for the 2GB morning show.

 

Whats the fuss?

 

Jones stated that the death of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s father was because he had ‘died of shame’ over ‘her lies’. Ouch. Even Liberal leader Tony Abbott thought this crossed the line.

 

The Aftermath

 

Jones has since publicly apologized for the remarks that he made at a Sydney University Liberal Club dinner explaining that his he was simply repeating a remark that he had heard at a children’s birthday party. He had likened the remark to a ‘black-humoured’ comment made in the Gallipoli trenches and though this was an apt comparison. Go Figure.

 

Like any social figure that makes outlandish statements the media storm surrounding this issue has erupted. Jones has been tormented by what he describes as a backlash of ’21st century cyber bullies’ who have been threatening him on social media. On his morning programme Jones told his listeners such trolling will make modern Australia ‘a dark place’. He also noted that “The radio station has conducted research over the past weekend and it’s clear that the great majority of listeners to this program acknowledge my apology and have not changed their attitudes”. On his morning programme Jones told his listeners such trolling will make modern Australia ‘a dark place’.

 

“As I said, if it happened anywhere else in society, this kind of bullying or harassment or intimidation or threatening conduct, the police would be called in. If it happened at a rugby league grand final, if it happened at a restaurant, or a picture theatre, this behaviour would not be condoned.”

 

He also noted that “The radio station has conducted research over the past weekend and it’s clear that the great majority of listeners to this program acknowledge my apology and have not changed their attitudes”.

 

While it seems Macquarie Radio Network will stand beside Jones and his programme (ala Kyle Sandilands style). Now a fortnight on many big name advertisers have pulled their commercials in light of the comments made. So far, Honda Australia, Hyundai, Telstra, IMG Direct, and Mercedes Benz have withdrawn their advertisements. The companies have followed the shunning hosted by Change. Org which called for advertisers of the 2GB programme to boycott the radio show in an effort to get him off the offline.

 

Do you think we will see Alan Jones sent packing his bags anytime soon? Should he be sent packing?

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