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Alan Jones in Desperate Bid to Win Back Sponsors with “People Skills!”

October 8, 2012

Controversial broadcaster Alan Jones has gone into damage control this morning appearing on his first ever commercial-free edition of his long-running breakfast radio show on the Macquarie Radio Network’s 2GB station.

The Network’s management last week made the startling revelation that it would be suspending all advertising on the Alan Jones Show after a mass exodus of advertisers dumped the show in the wake of comments made by Mr Jones that Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s father had “died of shame” because his daughter “lied in Parliament.”

Mercedes-Benz, one of the most prestigeous brands associated with the show, announced last week that it has cut ties with the controversial shock jock and will never advertise on the show again.

A spokesman for the European car manufacturer also announced that it will be “repossessing” the complimentary Mercedes-Benz  S-Class Sedan it provides for Mr Jones’ personal use effective immediately.

Jones in Desperate Bid to Salvage Relationship with Sponsors

The Daily Trash understands that Mr Jones spent most of the weekend behind closed doors with Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott in a desperate bid to woo back sponsors.

“You’ve got people-skills Tony,” said Alan, according to our sources, “what should I do…?”

“It’s important to appear to admit you’ve made mistakes Alan…..” said Tony.

“Appear contrite, remorseful,” he added.

“Sponsors will return if you reach out to them and explain how much you value their support and contribution.”

With this in mind, Mr Jones took to the airwaves this morning with this message for the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Communications Manager, David McCarthy:

“Now this bloke McCarthy has big noted himself on behalf of Mercedes-Benz and said: ‘We’ll we want the car back straight away and if we don’t we’ll get over there and we’ll repossess it and we’ll take it away from him.’

“You big hero Mr McCarthy. How many phone calls did you make to me, you absolutely gutless wonder. None, none!!”

‘It’s easy to shoot your mouth off. The honourable thing you can do is to hand in your resignation today!”

Nothing like calling your sponsor a “gutless wonder” to repair the relationship.

Jones then launched an eight-minute diatribe about the “21st century cyber bullies” who were making the threats on social media websites.

Jones said if the bullies were allowed to continue, modern Australia could become a “dark place”.

“If this is the new Australia, then we are all at risk,” he said.

What nonsense.
Free speech means Jones has the right to offend. The price for this is that those he offends also have the right to campaign against him.

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60 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2012 11:10 am

    Fuck him.

    I just signed onto those links.

    The dismal conservative megaphone has no sense of irony at all when you start to witness him accusing others of bullying.
    He’s currently finding out that he isn’t always preaching to the choir…& more people loathe what he says & does than agree with him.

    I think it’s a mistake that these types (Jones, Bolt et al) often make. They’ve got such slavish followers who hang on their every word that they end up thinking that those who hold the same ugly opinions as them are in a majority. Far fkn from it!

  2. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    October 8, 2012 11:23 am

    I found the termination of the Woolworths PR guy a little distasteful, though his own actions may have been distasteful too.

    I think there are a range of union officials around who make far more outrageous remarks about politicians, and manage to retain their jobs.

    The action of Woolworths reeks of political correctness as the basis for employment.

  3. October 8, 2012 11:39 am

    ‘Cyber-bullying’ of loudmouth rightwing shepherds.

    There should be more of it!

    The rightards are more than welcome to instigate similar campaigns against public figures who court outrage.
    For all of the clamour about Marieke Hardy & others, long a fetish of Bolt, there is no gigantic public groundswell of indignation to pressure her to cease & desist.
    Could it be because the only people who see her as ‘influential’ are Boltian Arselickers?…yes, indeed.

  4. TB Queensland permalink
    October 8, 2012 12:17 pm

    The action of Woolworths reeks of political correctness as the basis for employment.

    Simon Berger (“a prominent Liberal Party Member”) made himself the target … Woolies wants to sell stuff to EVERYBODY no matter how they vote!

    Alan Jones was trying to be political and had no idea that most of us have good manners and sensitivity to other families losses …

    … Mr Berger like all the other nincompoops at the “AJ poor taste show” said nothing …

    … people are angry at AJ, NOT because of politics but because of poor taste and a lack of human sensitivity!

    The termination of Berger’s employment was the action of a responsible management team to remove the possibility of a business crisis.

  5. TB Queensland permalink
    October 8, 2012 12:19 pm

    In Alan Jones’ case it was not cyber bullying it was FEEDBACK … he either learns from it (that I doubt) or falls …

  6. Tony permalink
    October 8, 2012 12:53 pm

    “The rightards are more than welcome to instigate similar campaigns against public figures who court outrage. For all of the clamour about Marieke Hardy & others, long a fetish of Bolt, there is no gigantic public groundswell of indignation to pressure her to cease & desist.”

    The right’s natural inclination is to allow their opponents to speak, then argue against their case. The left’s natural inclination is to silence dissidents.

  7. el gordo permalink
    October 8, 2012 1:06 pm

    I agree with Tony.

  8. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    October 8, 2012 1:18 pm

    Woolworths offloaded an employee because of their political affiliation, not because of their behaviour.

    True TB, it was a commercial decision, but quite outrageous. They must have coughed up plenty, because there are plenty of ambulance chasing lawyers around who extract big $ for that type of dismissal. Advese action is probably available.

  9. TB Queensland permalink
    October 8, 2012 1:35 pm

    The right’s natural inclination is to allow their opponents to speak, then argue against their case. The left’s natural inclination is to silence dissidents.

    Yeah, ToSY, I noticed that a lot throughout my working career — but you’ve got it arse about face – as usual … born to rule persons certainly don’t want to be talked about by the masses!

    They must have coughed up plenty, doubt it very much … he showed poor public relations competence … it’s as simple as that … here’s your month’s pay “your services are no longer required” … I’ve never come a cross an ambulance chasing lawyer yet … most are defnding the ones who can’t afford to defend themselves … the others defending those who can …

    BTW, what’s that sitting on your shoulder?

    What qaint worlds you guys imhabit …

    Winter is coming …

  10. October 8, 2012 2:18 pm

    “The right’s natural inclination is to allow their opponents to speak, then argue against their case. The left’s natural inclination is to silence dissidents.”

    No inherent bias on display in that opinion at all. 🙄

    The right cares about freedom of speech (that it likes) so much that Bolt is currently mounting a counter offensive to silence the public backlash against Jones.
    His campaigns against Hardy & others predate the Jones stupidity by years.

    Selectively indignant.

  11. Tony permalink
    October 8, 2012 2:42 pm

    “so much that Bolt is currently mounting a counter offensive to silence the public backlash against Jones.”

    Yeah, I just had a look at what Bolt has written on the subject. It appears he is calling for a reverse boycott of Merecedes-Benz. (Not something I’d personally endorse, but it is exactly what happened in the US when Rush Limbaugh’s listeners boycotted the businesses that boycotted Limbaugh. In fact, this whole affair is a carbon-copy of the Limbaugh-Fluke controversy.) I don’t see Bolt calling for anyone to be silenced or sacked. If that changes you’ll be sure to let me know.

  12. Tom R permalink
    October 8, 2012 2:53 pm

    I wonder what actual victims of cyber bullying think about jones claiming to be a ‘victim’ of cyber bullying?

  13. Tom R permalink
    October 8, 2012 2:55 pm

    The right’s natural inclination is to allow their opponents to speak, then argue against their case

    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/opinion/political-news/leigh-slams-abbotts-comment-on-hurt-feelings-test-20120806-23pub.html

    😯

  14. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    October 8, 2012 3:07 pm

    As I said, i tuned into Jones this morning.

    I don’t recall him saying he was a victim of cyber bullying, I think he said the businesses that advertised on his program were.

    **Posted in the interests of non verballing**

  15. Tony permalink
    October 8, 2012 3:07 pm

    “A ‘hurt feelings’ test is impossible to comply with while maintaining the fearless pursuit of truth which should be the hallmark of a society such as ours,” Mr Abbott told the Institute of Public Affairs.”

    Thanks for reminding us of that, Tom R. A good test as to whether a person is a free-speech loving rightard or a speech-silencing leftoid might be whether or not they agree with that statement.

  16. Tom R permalink
    October 8, 2012 3:13 pm

    A ‘hurt feelings’ test

    So, do you think that there is truth in the statement that jones made about the PM’s father?

  17. Tom R permalink
    October 8, 2012 3:16 pm

    I don’t recall him saying he was a victim of cyber bullying

    You need to listen more closely 😉

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-08/alan-jones-claims-of-cyber-bulling-and-cyber/4301350?section=business

  18. Tom R permalink
    October 8, 2012 3:17 pm

    Mind you, you could argue he is claiming the sponsors are the victims. 😉

    Cos it’s never about jones, is it 😯

  19. Tony permalink
    October 8, 2012 4:58 pm

    “So, do you think that there is truth in the statement that jones made about the PM’s father?”

    No. What’s your point?

  20. October 8, 2012 5:24 pm

    The usa Presi-dunce, uk and au prime`meddlers claimed at the time of the destruction of Iraq that, Financiers of easter-bunny, tooth-fairy, imaginary terrorists are Legitimate political targets.
    +
    Advertisers, the Financiers of Jones Political Hate-Speech, are equally Legitimate Political Targets. Suck it up, Princess.

  21. TB Queensland permalink
    October 8, 2012 5:53 pm

    😆 No. What’s your point?

    Whoops there goes another one … I think you missed it completely … and having to explain it won’t help … unless you really are a teenager? 😯 And even then I doubt you’d get it …

    (Noice analogy, TomR)

  22. TB Queensland permalink
    October 8, 2012 5:58 pm

    And as, sreb, states in the thread header …

    Free speech means Jones has the right to offend. The price for this is that those he offends also have the right to campaign against him.

    I might also add that what many people forget these days is that with every “right” comes “responsibilities” … AJ was irresponsible and copped the good hiding that he should have had in the past …

    I might also remind … Australia does not have the right to free speech enshrined in law as they do in the good ol’ USof A … our laws are different … thankfully …

    Winter is coming!

  23. Tony permalink
    October 8, 2012 6:00 pm

    “even then I doubt you’d get it …”

    Try me.

  24. TB Queensland permalink
    October 8, 2012 6:08 pm

    “Try me.”

    “So, do you think that there is truth in the statement that jones made about the PM’s father?”

    So why did Jones even think it? Let alone say it?

  25. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    October 8, 2012 6:55 pm

    The government and their barrackers are working up a strategy that seeks to label criticism of Gillard as anti women or misogynist.

    Pathetic.
    —————–
    Is Nicola Roxon a “private school bully”?

  26. October 8, 2012 6:56 pm

    “The government and their barrackers are working up a strategy that seeks to label criticism of Gillard as anti women or misogynist.”

    Really…………….???

  27. TB Queensland permalink
    October 8, 2012 6:57 pm

    So why did Jones even think it? Let alone say it?

    C’mon, ToSY, you know why …

  28. TB Queensland permalink
    October 8, 2012 6:58 pm

    The government and their barrackers are working up a strategy that seeks to label criticism of Gillard as anti women or misogynist.

    Ya don’t suppose some of it is … without working a strategy … 🙄

  29. Tom R permalink
    October 8, 2012 6:59 pm

    Really…………….???

    Well, the anti women or misogynist criticisms anyway 😉

  30. Beats me permalink
    October 8, 2012 7:02 pm

    “C’mon, ToSY, you know why …”

    Oh, I thought that was a rhetorical question – since I can’t possibly know Jones’s motives or motivations.

  31. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    October 8, 2012 7:07 pm

    I don’t see much evidence of “women hating”.

    For example I suspect people labelled “misogynist” such as Larry Pickering, would fawn over Julie Bishop.

    It isn’t simply women they hate, it’s specifically Julia Gillard.

  32. TB Queensland permalink
    October 8, 2012 7:09 pm

    Oh, I thought that was a rhetorical question – since I can’t possibly know Jones’s motives or motivations.

    See, I said you wouldn’t “get it” … slippery, very slippery … wondered why it took you so long … 🙄

  33. FMD permalink
    October 8, 2012 7:13 pm

    “wondered why it took you so long …”

    Because I was driving. 🙄

  34. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    October 8, 2012 7:13 pm

    Does Alan Jones suck up to Bishop? Was he as sever in his criticism of Rudd?

    2 x yes

  35. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    October 8, 2012 7:13 pm

    severe

  36. TB Queensland permalink
    October 8, 2012 7:23 pm

    Because I was driving.

    Well done …

    I’m off to a meeting … see ya …

  37. October 8, 2012 7:30 pm

    ” Mr Abbott told the Institute of Public Affairs. ”
    *
    ROFL .. After much Looking concerned and sincere,
    dear old Hendo would have agreed with Mr-Rabbit.

  38. public toilet permalink
    October 8, 2012 9:38 pm

    I’m flat out for a couple of days, but after that I’ll return to Bolt’s squealing denunciations of public pressure, censure & rancor against Jones.

    He is selectively indignant…& his lickspittles follow his lead with aplomb.

  39. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    October 8, 2012 10:23 pm

    Lindsay Tanner on Q&A again shows why he is a loss to parliament, and here’s a photo Kate Ellis winning a ministry on her ability alone.

  40. Tom R permalink
    October 9, 2012 8:14 am

    Apparently all of the blokes were pathetic on Q&A last night. Tanner appears to be losing the plot since he left the Parliament.

  41. TB Queensland permalink
    October 9, 2012 8:21 am

    Ackerman is no better than, Jones … he always reminds me of a Toad … and acts like one … slimy, poisonous and unwanted …

  42. October 9, 2012 8:44 am

    You don’t actually need to watch Q&A to know that Pyne will be a hyperactive smartypants, Ackerman a lugubrious old Tory and that both of them will pile on to the most gifted and intelligent woman in Australian politics. Perspicacious and profound, sparkling and scintillating, Ellis is an affront to their ingrained chauvinism.

  43. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    October 9, 2012 9:05 am

    Predictably a former ALP politician who starts to make reasonable and balanced comments attracts criticism from barrackers.

    According to the barrackers former ALP politicians only remain intelligent if they read from Gillard’s script.

    Tanner is just the latest example.
    ———————–
    Ellis is an underperformer, she’s really not particularly smart or articulate, does anyone think she’s in the ministry on her ability?

  44. Splatterbottom permalink
    October 9, 2012 9:12 am

    Even ALP hypocrisy, monumental though it is, cannot possibly extend to protecting Slipper. It is time for deputy speaker Anna Burke to “mussel up” and take the top job.

  45. October 9, 2012 9:19 am

    “muscle up?”

  46. Splatterbottom permalink
    October 9, 2012 9:23 am

    Just a tacky pun: “Mr Slipper allegedly described female genitalia as “shell-less mussels”

  47. October 9, 2012 10:35 am

    Oh I see! 🙂

  48. TB Queensland permalink
    October 9, 2012 11:20 am

    Tacky alright …

  49. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    October 9, 2012 12:13 pm

    Just reading the Slipper texts in the AFR, what will Roxon say about them? Surely he has to relinquish his job and his seat if he has any decency.

    But clearly he has none.

    This is the man Gillard relies on to remain PM, the man she elevated so that she could knife Wilkie.

    Nice work.

  50. Tom R permalink
    October 9, 2012 12:46 pm

    I AGREE!!

    If Slipper is found to have said/txted those things, the ALP should cut him loose. He is after all only a rolled gold Liberal used to shore up votes 😉

    I wonder if the opposition will do the same with their misogynists (chair-things)?

  51. TB Queensland permalink
    October 9, 2012 12:58 pm

    I agree too …

    The difference between ALP supporters is that we don’t support the Slippers of this world … nor the Ashbys …

  52. Ol' Sancty permalink
    October 9, 2012 1:38 pm

    The difference between ALP supporters is that we don’t support the Slippers of this world … nor the Ashbys …

    Could have fooled me…..

  53. Splatterbottom permalink
    October 9, 2012 1:42 pm

    I agree too. ALP pollies have more form when it comes to Unionland sleaze and corruption, not to mention pedophilia.

  54. October 9, 2012 9:16 pm

    Minipiglo is full of crap. You do need to watch QandaLand, catch-up on iview. Mr-Poodle is needed to counter Mr-Tanner`s Lack of `mincing`. Mr-Toad is needed to counter Ms-Ellis`s intelligence and `hot-ness`. It is called media balance Minipiglo, mussel-up princess.

  55. October 16, 2012 9:20 am

    abc1 breakfast news says
    ” 2gb has said alan jones advertising will resume, “

  56. October 18, 2012 11:21 am

    BREAKING NEWS!!!!

    Alan Jones is to undergo basic journalism training focussing on fact checking and differing points of view in ruling by ACMA.

  57. October 18, 2012 11:24 am

    “Does that mean that each and every one of us who just make shit up for a living have to get a fact checker now?”

    ~ from First Dog on the Moon via twitter

  58. October 18, 2012 11:32 am

    “Alan Jones’ new porkies test: fact-checker for shock jock”

    http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/10/18/alan-jones-new-porkies-test-fact-checker-for-shock-jock/

  59. TB Queensland permalink
    October 18, 2012 12:42 pm

    LOL! ToM and James, are in REALLY in deep $#!t! 😆

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