Alan Jones, inciting racial violence and the 2GB media whores

10 04 2007

The ACMA has linked Alan Jones to the Cronulla violence. The ACMA has found that 2GB and Alan Jones have breached the Commercial Radio Code of Practice in 2006, with their broadcasts on the Cronulla riots.
The regulator has ruled that both that and other broadcasts encouraged violence and brutality and were likely to vilify people of Lebanese and Middle Eastern background on the basis of their ethnicity.
ACMA says while the issue being discussed was in the public interest, the comments were not presented reasonably or in good faith.
It has not announced what action it will take against the broadcaster.

Let’s hope that the ACMA hands out a serious monetary penalty, as well as removing the broadcasting license of 2GB. The days of media whores making money from inciting hate, violence and bigotry has to come to an end. I’d also like to see a list of advertisers who pay money to these people [Update: here it is – These messages of bigotry, violence and hatred are funded with the assistance of: Addbuild Additions, Blue Haven Pools, Dedes Restaurant, Doors Plus, Dyldam, Flying Fish, Health & Image, MBT Centre, Heart Check Medical Clinic, L.J. Hooker, Nature Bee, Nick’s Seafood Restaurant, Nimbo Fork Luxury Fly Fishing Lodge, Officespace Australia Wide, P&O Cruises, Park Trent Properties Group, Premier Cabs Pty Limited, Sam the Paving Man, Switzer Financial Services, The Eye Institute, The Gazebo and Woolooware Shores Lifestyle Village, who all buy advertising from 2GB. Corporate Social Responsibility is more than a buzzword.], they’ll all be making my “do not buy from, ever again” list.
ALAN JONES: My suggestion is to invite one of the biker gangs to be present in numbers at Cronulla railway station when these Lebanese thugs arrive. The bikie gangs have been much maligned, but they do a lot of good things.
It would be worth the price of admission to watch these cowards scurry back onto the train for the return trip to their lairs. And wouldn’t it be brilliant if the whole event was captured on TV cameras and featured on the evening news, so that we, their parents, family and friends can see who these bastards are.
Australians old and new shouldn’t have to put up with this scum.
ALAN JONES: I’ve been a police officer for 16 years. And unfortunately the only language the Middle Eastern youth understand is a good hiding. I know it’s not politically correct, but until we’re allowed to discipline them with a good smack, these problems’ll get worse.
Police are too afraid to act due to the complaints system. If we were allowed to act the way we want to we could solve a lot of problems. The way I see it is, once you break the law you use your rights to be treated with respect.
These Middle Eastern people must be treated be treated with a big stick, it’s the only thing they fear. They don’t fear fines and they laugh at the courts.
ALAN JONES: Yeah, lets not get too, lets not get too carried away Berta. They’re not, we don’t have Anglo-Saxon kids out there raping women in Western Sydney. So lets not get carried away with all this mealy-mouthed talk about there being two sides, I can tell you.
Because my correspondence here, from mums and dads, I am inundated and I don’t hear people complaining about Catholics and Protestants and Anglicans.
I’m sorry, but there’s this religious element in all of this and we’ve got to make sure that we welcome people into our community but we welcome them in on certain terms and certain standards, and those standards are not being met.

This is the crap they are supporting with their advertising money. 2GB is getting rich on the pain and suffering of others.
EMMA ALBERICI: While the Authority did find that the issue being discussed was in the public interest, it found that those comments were not presented reasonably and in good faith.
In its findings, ACMA noted that this is the third time that 2GB has been found in breach of the vilification provision of the Code in the last six months, for broadcasts in the past two years.
Announcers Malcolm Elliot and Brian Wilshire were also found to have breached Clause 1.3 of the Code, which says that a licensee must not broadcast a program which is likely to incite or perpetuate hatred against, or vilify, any person or group on the basis of a number of attributes including ethnicity.

In a separate matter, Jones is facing 12 months jail and/or a fine of up to $5500 for naming on air a child witness in a murder trial.
Hopefully Alan Jones will join the other media whore who went to prison for their contempt of the legal process, Derryn Hinch, who commented on a case before the courts, creating prejudice in a running trial.
Fines of such a low figure are ridiculous, given the purported six figure salaries earned.

“They don’t fear fines and they laugh at the courts.”

Sound familiar? Naming a child witness in a murder trial and asking bikie gangs to beat up ethnic kids at a beach is the worst kind of media rubbish. It will be interesting to see if the Today morning show continues to keep Alan Jones’s “daily editorial comment” [Update: not only did they keep him on, they let him defend himself as his daily comment]. Is John Howard going to continue to appear on Alan Jones’ show?
Read the findings – Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) MR35/2007

[Updated 21st April 2007: Well it appears crime really does pay in Australia for the media whores at 2GB – a $1000 fine and nine month good behaviour bond for Alan Jones, $3000 fine for Harbour Radio and $4000 fine for the Telegraph. Nice to see our justice system protected. I’m sure witnesses will feel secure giving evidence while under age as long as Alan Jones is on a good behaviour bond. His actions could easily have resulted in the murder of the juvenile witness in a murder trial. He’s not sorry, he’s telling regulators to get stuffed! Alan Jones needs a stint in jail, not a slap on the wrist. You’re responsible for your actions Alan Jones, take some responsibility for them like a grown man.

On another note, the following advertisers are *still* giving their money to 2GB, these messages of bigotry, violence and hatred are funded with the assistance of: Addbuild Additions, Blue Haven Pools, Dedes Restaurant, Doors Plus, Dyldam, Flying Fish, Health & Image, MBT Centre, Heart Check Medical Clinic, L.J. Hooker, Nature Bee, Nick’s Seafood Restaurant, Nimbo Fork Luxury Fly Fishing Lodge, Officespace Australia Wide, P&O Cruises, Park Trent Properties Group, Premier Cabs Pty Limited, Sam the Paving Man, Switzer Financial Services, The Eye Institute, The Gazebo and Woolooware Shores Lifestyle Village and have recently added Parklea Markets and Robemaker to their list of bigotry supporters. Do you think these two new advertisers have brought in more money than the fines took out? Way to go ACMA, you’ve sold our airwaves out, hope you’re getting a cut.]

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7 responses

22 04 2007
Laurel Papworth

I think of blogs as the talkback of written media/newspapers. Can we really expect Alan Jones to behave himself on the radio while we, in the blogging world, blithely hide behind avatars/logon IDs, defaming willynilly? Will the laws change to reflect the fact that 100’s of millions of people are now blogging/myspacing/youtubing what they want to say and do? yes I was unimpressed with what Alan Jones did (to get ratings). Just as I am unimpressed with bloggers who incite extremes (to push up the googlejuice points). It’s gonna get worse before it gets better. 😦

23 04 2007
scientaestubique

Alan Jones, other talkback radio shows and quality shows like Today Tonight have been doing this kind of stuff for a long time, most bloggers would have learned it from the MSM.

29 04 2007
TPN :: GDay World » Blog Archive » Who Pays Alan Jones?

[…] Scienta makes a good point that I hadn’t considered: should we hold 2GB responsible for keep Alan Jones on the air or should the companies that continue to support his show with their advertising dollars be held just as responsible? […]

10 05 2007
What a wonderful World …. » Youth violence and today’s world…

[…] blamed to be incited by Alan Johnson and 2GB and the transcripts of the same can be read here at this blog. This follows the aftermath of the Middle east violence. An isolated incident involving a youth of […]

24 05 2007
Anonymous

I agree with most things Alan Jones has to say. He talks, but those he talks about, act which is far worse. Isn’t freedom of speech a wonderful thing? Or does it apply just to one point of view. Keep it up Alan

24 05 2007
scientaestubique

Anonymous – Do you agree with Alan Jones naming an underage witness in a murder case currently before the court? Australia doesn’t actually have freedom of speech, America does. Read your own constitution:

http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/general/constitution/

13 06 2008
Anonymous

Freedom of speech is one thing, inciting hatred and violence is another. It is a disgrace that a public media figure and ex cop is so ignorant and hateful and hypocritical! What he said is quite frankly disgusting, and un-called for. if you want to talk about the so-called ‘acts of the groupd’ he refers too, then you better be getting your facts from somewhere other than his descriptions which are clearly ill-informed hear-say.

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