Apr 19, 2013

Yes Alan, do think very seriously about student numbers

Yes, Alan Jones should think very seriously about international students, writes Meld editor-in-chief Karen Poh. And the damage his words do to our reputation overseas.

Oh, Alan Jones …

If it weren’t a stretch of the imagination enough to suggest that the Boston Marathon bombings were linked to “left-wing radical students”, he took it a step further, pointing an accusing finger at Australia’s international student community. Jones told Sunrise from his 2GB studio:

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33 thoughts on “Yes Alan, do think very seriously about student numbers

  1. rhwombat

    Perhaps Mr Jones would like to opine on who was responsible for the Reichstag arson? It would be as enlightening.

  2. teecha

    “… his views are not representative of the majority of the Australian community and should simply be ignored.”

    Like as in this article, for example?

  3. rhwombat

    teecha: “You boy! Yes, you! Now do you see what sleeping through Mr Jones’ grammar classes does to you? And how do you spell teacher? Go and see Mr Jones after class! And this time knock first! Right! Which one of you reptiles taught the parrot to say “Pieces of hate”?.”

  4. David Hand

    As more shootings, explosions and arrests develop around the Massachusetts Istitute of Technology, it’s got to be dang awkward, doesn’t it Karen?

    Is the the Parrot’s first musing, that the Boston Marathon bombings might be perpetrated by students domiciled there, looking a bit likely? I think the words you used were “a stretch of the imagination”. It doesn’t look so stretched this afternoon.

  5. Recalcitrant.Rick

    David Hand…When it comes to American homegrown terrorism, from my understanding it’s the “Right Wing” nutjobs that cause the most damage. Were the Oklahoma bombings “Left Wing”? Was the Unabomber “Left Wing”? And in Norway of course you had Andre Brevik, a real nut but certainly not “Left Wing” Why don’t to try thinking instead of parroting your “Right Wing” Masters.

  6. Sean Tisme

    Lefties shooting their mouths off too early perhaps?

    Watch tonights news. Alan Jones was right.

  7. Recalcitrant.Rick

    Once any of us found out that the search was focussed around MIT it doesn’t require to much intelligence to figure out that possibly someone involved with the Institute MAY be involved, but “Left Wing” is just a stupid guess! Of course if you believe that Alan Jones is always “Right” then your probably “Right” as well.
    But remember, two “Rights” can often be “WRONG”!

  8. AR

    Ms Poh, there was NO “spate of violent attacks against indian students“. It was a tabloid beat-up, utilising what you cited, “bad news travels” despite/because lacking veracity.
    Interesting that Crikey has only noted his TV vapourings when his radio audience, aka Eternity’s Waiting Room, cops this krap, daily. Somehjow it is the PM’s fault that O/S students clamour to enroll at our tertiary institutions.

  9. Easy Monet

    It looks like Alan was correct about it being radical students. So he was at least 2/3 correct, their political leanings are yet to determined.
    I think his point was that large numbers of international students are the problem regardless of whether you call the left or right or whatever.
    Karen Poh should admit that Alan had a valid point.

  10. Sean Tisme

    All Alan Jones said(if you actually watch the video) was that they were most likely foreign students and Australia needs to be very careful who they let in on student visas(aka double check for terrorist links).

    Nothing wrong with that in my opinion.

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