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March 4, 2021

Jones to be pitied

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Like many Australians, I was outraged at the vitriolic comments by Alan Jones regarding the passing of Julia Gillard’s father. His subsequent convoluted and insincere ‘apology’, as well as the defence of all his actions, was just as lamentable.

But then it dawned on me. Could Alan Jones actually be unaware of the harm he does to people through his broadcasts and his words in general? And even more poignant, could he actually be unaware of the harm he consequently does to himself?

The answer to these questions is clearly ‘yes’. Alan Jones is, therefore, to be pitied, not reviled. I hope his conduct does not become a rallying call for others, of any persuasion, wanting to spew forth their own venomous sentiments.

 

 


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