Friday, 13 April 2007

The double standards and hypocrisy of Politicians

Have a read of the below article, it is another classic example of the double standards, hypocrisy and racism of Australian Politicians. Now don't misunderstand me here I am not a supporter of the thick Sheikh Taj al-Din al-Hilali, but what Jones has done is wrong offensive and in fact in my view in breach of any number of laws and regulations of this country. He conducts his affairs with a deliberate and well planned out strategy. The thick Sheikh just makes off the cuff remarks, there is a big difference in audience numbers between the two men as well. Hilali was condemned by Australian Politicians but so should Jones.

However, the politicians are afraid of the mighty power the likes of Jones wields, they are afraid that they may soon become the target of Jones’s vindictiveness, and his use of what has been described as "Their strategy is fear and their tactics are a combination of ridicule, sometimes of the most savage personal kind....The media deal in lies and worse, "finely calibrated half-truths"; they fuse fact and opinion," That is what the Politicians are all too well aware of and scared to death of. Hilali on the other hand is an easy target.

Have a look at a comment made by Jones and I quote from the below article, "We don't have Anglo-Saxon kids out there raping women in Western Sydney" NO MR JONES MOST OF THEM ARE IN JAIL. What an idiot, the jails throughout Australia are full of Anglo Saxon males convicted of rape, not only rape but also Murder. Look at the offenders in relation to the following victims; Anita Cobby, Janine Balding, The Granny Killer Glover in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney, The Snow Town Murders in SA, The Bernies serial rapists of WA, should I go on?? Jones you are an idiot, you need therapy for that particular comment you made, you are only playing a populist tune attempting to incite racial hatred.

Read the below and see the difference


One rule for muftis, another for shock jocks
Elisabeth Lopez 13 April, 2007

LEADERS from both sides of politics have united to condemn Sydney radio shock jock Alan Jones after he was found by the communications and media regulator to have broadcast material likely to have incited racial violence during the Cronulla riots.

Alexander Downer, Foreign Minister: "This man just stumbles from one absurdity to another, he stumbles from one absurdity to another, and he is humiliating the Australian community."

Kevin Andrews, Immigration Minister: "Basically, the Australian people are sick and tired of what Alan Jones has been saying. The man ought to decide whether he wants to be an Australian, live in Australia and be part of this community, or go and live in Alabama."

Alexander Downer, Foreign Minister: "Alan Jones is not only an embarrassment but Alan Jones is damaging the standing of the Australian community here and in the Middle East."

Kevin Rudd: "2GB should not be taking any decision which allows someone like Alan Jones, who's given oxygen to listener emails urging biker gangs to meet "Lebanese thugs" at Cronulla station, and said "We don't have Anglo-Saxon kids out there raping women in Western Sydney", to be given a platform for his views, even if it's for another three months'."

All these statements were uttered but the names and other minor details have been changed. Our political leaders were, of course, talking not about Alan Jones, but about Sheikh Taj al-Din al-Hilali.

Jones appeared on his usual spot on the Nine Network on Wednesday morning after the Australian Communications and Media Authority delivered its finding. Business as usual.

Even the ABC's flagship morning current affairs program AM devoted more airtime on Wednesday morning to a US shock jock, Don Imus, and his racial slur against a group of African-American female basketballers than to the Jones finding — both were stories from the day before. Imus said: "I feel embarrassed that I did the wrong thing." And even he got suspended for two weeks.

No such pressure here on Jones.

It seems few in politics or the media are even questioning whether this hate-monger should continue to have unrivalled access to the airwaves. Communications Minister Helen Coonan announced in a press release that it's time for an overhaul of the commercial radio code of conduct (it's due in September anyway) and urged industry to get involved if it's unhappy with the status quo. Why she felt the need to announce this straight after the Jones finding her office won't explain, and she's turned down at least one morning radio invitation.
Rudd has confirmed he will still appear on Jones' program. He says he hasn't seen the media authority's report, but if he needs this to convince him Jones' comments were beyond the pale, perhaps he has — as Prime Minister John Howard is fond of saying — a judgement issue.

Howard's own chumminess with Jones is well documented. "I don't think he's a person who encourages prejudice in the Australian community, not for one moment. But he is a person who articulates what a lot of people think." This must make it right, then, but does this reasoning stand up when the shoe is on the other foot?

Hilali was also articulating what a lot of people think when he allegedly said the September 11 attacks were the work of God.

Perhaps we need a parliamentary register of politicians who get letters of demand from Jones, and who holiday at his farm, and one on Crikey for journalists who do the same.

The authority may issue fines, or demand training or mediation for its broadcasters. It could also suspend 2GB's licence, but then so too could pigs fly.

Just imagine this former rugby coach in mediation. Give me a rampaging soccer mum any day.

If it's good enough for a hate-mongering sheikh to be issued vague threats about his future in this country by Australia's entire political establishment, what does this say about the relative silence with which the media authority's findings on Jones have been greeted? Few if any calls for Jones to quit, re-examine his behaviour, or even take a breather. No rap over the knuckles. Let alone an offer of a one-way ticket to Nauru. 2GB must be cracking out the champagne still.

Hilali compares uncovered women with meat; Jones' 2GB colleague Brian Wilshire says Lebanese people are inbred and have low IQs.

There's a difference?

Kevin Rudd told ABC radio's Jon Faine on Wednesday morning: "This guy hasn't emerged from the 7th century, in my view. You can be silent about them (his views) or stand up and be counted."


But was he talking about Jones or Hilali?
Elisabeth Lopez is a Melbourne writer