The drawing: Keeping up with the Jones.
SMH: “Broadcaster Alan Jones says his advertisers have become the victims of “cyberbullying” and online campaigns like the one that has stripped him of sponsors should be illegal.”
Er, it’s probably what the boycott-protestors call freedom of speech. Even, and up to, including this remark, by Professor Bunyip, blogging on that arch defender of wet-lefty views, the John Howard-approved Quadrant:
“Of all Australia’s many shames, few can rival the disgrace of being forced to share the continent with the likes of Alan Jones, who quite clearly needs to be silenced, ruined financially and shunned by all decent people and former advertisers.” (Though you must read to the end to enjoy the editor’s resiling.)
Macquarie Radio: “The avalanche of telephone, email and Facebook demands to our advertisers to “boycott” the Alan Jones Breakfast Show, and the threats to destroy their businesses if they don’t comply, are coming almost entirely from people who do not listen to Alan Jones, or 2GB, at all, probably never have done and never will … What we are seeing here is 21st-century censorship, via cyber-bullying.”
But they are true altrusists, the Macquarie folk: “The decision (to suspend advertising) is an insignificant price to pay for our audience to be able to listen to what they choose to listen to, and for Australian companies to advertise where they choose to advertise.” (It’s all very odd: how is suspending advertising allowing companies to advertise where they choose?)
Then again, as the ad man says: “Advertisers are very savvy. They have their people go on social media to say ‘We’re pulling our advertising’ but that’s code for ‘We’re pulling our advertising until this blows over…’ ”
But how will Jonesy sweep around town now that his $250K sponsored Mercedes-Benz has been repoed: “We want the car back, the deal is cancelled, it is over. We were appalled and shocked…”