Three things I hate most in this world is hypocrisy, adults behaving like children, and being treated like a fool. I hate victim blaming and I hate it when people are deliberately inflammatory, divisive yet in the same breath say they are worried about the state of humanity. I hate it even more when our politicians and media broadcasters are guilty of these things.
From the day our children are born we take on the role of teaching our children how to speak, conduct themselves in public, empathy, sincerity, basically how to be a descent member of the family, community and society at large.
If one of your children remarked that they’d like to put someone in a chaff bag and throw them out to sea, do you think you’d step in and explain to said child that a comment like that is probably unwarranted. Right?
I’m not going to go on about Alan Jones’ latest foolish comment because honestly I expect nothing less from this particular shock jock. What I’m extremely annoyed about is that he expressed this comment in front of, what is essentially going to be, tomorrow’s leaders.
When I went to uni I learnt to think critically. And I mean really think critically. When someone says something I take into consideration their motivation, their background, their political alliances, their religious affiliations, their education etc. All that lends weight to what someone has to say.
As does the tone in which someone says something. You know when one of your children is forced to apologise and they put on that whiny voice…. “sorryyy”, they say. You know they don’t mean it. And you try to teach them that this is not the way to apologise.
We have had media commentators both condemn and applaud Alan Jones’ apology. But for me, if people aren’t convinced then the question needs to be asked why? Not dismissed. You want to know why? Because that adds weight to the next time a contentious issue arises and explanations are sought. If people don’t believe you now, they won’t believe you next time.
This is what I try to teach my kids.
And I take issue with Christopher Pyne who tried to distract us with his language that Alan Jones’ comments are a beltway issue. No they are not Mr Pyne. Please don’t try and distract the Australian public with your rhetoric that the average Australian isn’t concerned about Jones’ comments; that they are only worried about their household bills. Last time I looked, these weren’t mutually exclusive topics. You are not a Jedi Master Mr Pyne. Simply telling me I’m not concerned about Jones’ comments doesn’t make it so.
I take issue with Kelly O’Dwyer’s “handbag hit squad”
I take issue with Miranda Devine’s “doctor’s wives crowd”
These terms are demeaning; and both O’Dwyer and Devine must know it.
Jones has argued that the very same people who condemn him for being contemptuous have wished his cancer return and cause him much ill harm. You know what people, no-one wears hypocrisy well. No-one. Don’t do it. It undermines what you say now, and what you say in the future.
An article in Monday’s The Daily Telegraph says that the fallout of Jones’ comments is excessive. Perhaps; but they do come on the back of some other nasty comments that Jones has made. This outburst isn’t because of one comment; it’s because of his chaff bag, guillotine and women “destroying the joint” comments.
On Monday night’s episode of Q & A, Former Labor Minister Lindsay Tanner, Christopher Pyne MP and News Limited Columnist Piers Akerman continuously interrupted Kate Ellis MP.
Read Ben Pobjie’s post “Ugh” for a rundown of Monday night’s events.
Honestly, you wouldn’t put up with this rubbish from children; why do we stand for it from our adults?
Basically I’m sick of reading news that is inflammatory, broadcasters that are divisive. Want to know why? It doesn’t help. Name me one place, one time where a divided community, society, country has prospered?
I am a little disillusioned with the world. Shock jocks are by nature meant to be shocking and inflammatory. They say they add to the debate but they don’t really. Alan Jones, when he speaks on his radio program, is speaking to the converted. He doesn’t add anything to the debate. Balanced views are not his modus operandi. And those, like me, who don’t like his rhetoric, simply don’t listen.
That’s democracy. I’m all for democracy and for freedom on speech and expression. But in Australia it is not a right, as it is in the United States. Here in Australia it is a privilege.
But Mr Jones when you say that you don’t hate bad politicians, just bad policy then why attack Ms Gillard and say you want to put her in a chaff bag? Or speak ill of her recently deceased father? These are personal attacks. If you can’t tell the difference, then you shouldn’t be on the air.
And to round all this off yesterday Prime Minister Gillard lambasted Opposition Leader Mr Abbott for his hypocritical ways in putting forward a motion to have Speaker Peter Slipper dismissed for sexist text messages sent my Mr Slipper.
I don’t think you’ll find anyone who will disagree that Peter Slipper should go.
And for Mr Abbott to foolishly use the phrase “died of shame”. Was he foolish? Or deliberately trying to get under the skin of Prime Minister Gillard? I think either a yes to either question leads back to a lack of judgement from someone who wants to hold the highest office in this country.
But listen up kids, credibility goes a long way in this world. And yesterday credibility is what Tony Abbot lacked when put forward the motion that Mr Slipper should be dismissed on the grounds of sexism.
I’ll let Prime Minister Gillard explain.
Knowledge is power. Language is key. Tone is everything.