Mar 11, 2013

Alan Jones warns Labor pollies: ignore me at your peril

The advertisers may have returned to Alan Jones' program, but Labor MPs have not. The veteran broadcaster tells Crikey why he couldn't care less.

Matthew Knott

Former Crikey media reporter

Alan Jones isn’t perturbed that Labor politicians appear to be boycotting his top-rating talkback program, the controversial shock jock insists to Crikey. They’re doing his listeners — and his ratings — a favour.


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41 thoughts on “Alan Jones warns Labor pollies: ignore me at your peril

  1. bluepoppy

    Alan Jones is a commentator not an elected representative. What does he expect given his previous extremist behaviour. Would any person re-visit someone who acted so callously and rudely for a dose of he same. You’d have to be a bit doolally. When shock jock media upstarts start calling the shots as to who should or who should not speak to them, then we know our democracy is doomed.

  2. drmick

    Jones has lost it. In his dreamworld he thinks he runs the show. His “listeners” or 00.0153% of the population of rusted on old, taxi driving, white, raci$t, hillbilly lynch mob throwbacks, including the convoy of the incontinent, will not be able to comprehend any answers that may happen to get through anyway.
    Best they all vote for the other redhead with the fish shop that they know and trust despite Abbo getting her jailed to stop them voting for her last time

  3. Scott

    It’s great to stand up for principle, but we are talking about politics. For better or for worse, Alan Jones is hugely influential in the west of Sydney; talking to him is the equivalent of 100 Rooty Hill RSL missions.
    Politically, you ignore him at your peril.

  4. klewso

    “Economical with the truth”? ….. as adjudicated by Jones, with his history of being “comical” (at best) with it?

  5. klewso

    Does anyone really listen to Jones to have their jaundiced prejudices challenged?

    [….anyway, who listens to the radio, that’s what I’d like to know…]

  6. Mike Flanagan

    I doubt his audience is that relevant to the ALP. Apart from the fact his audience figures are no more than a Saturday Age or SMH and declining at a similar rate,and his influence is directed at died in the wool rednecks,I doubt his influence on an ALP vote in the electorate at large.
    Why Crikey could be bothered giving the subject this space is what confuses me.
    Perhaps Brendan Bahen observation “the only bad publicity you may endure is your own epitaph” is relevant.

  7. zut alors

    Clearly, Jones is being denied oxygen.

    I doubt a single vote would be gained by any Labor MP being interviewed on his radio programme.

    But it’s likely that substantial votes would be at risk if the Opposition Leader was sufficiently brave to be interviewed on ABC TV by Jones, Alberici or Sales.

  8. Suzanne Blake

    Labor Ministers and MP boycott any media that asks hard questions. They flock to wimp journalists who dont ask Labor / Greens hard questions like on the ABC. Simple really

  9. Hamis Hill

    If Jones achieves his aim of eliminating the Labor Party what will he have left to complain about?
    He’ll turn on the Liberals?
    Could start practising now to show us what that might sound like.
    Simple really.

  10. mikehilliard

    The only “hard’ part about Jones level of question is listening to it.

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