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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Alan Jones canceled by Australian media, but Australian tribune will not be silenced

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After the third goodbye to their large audience in less than three years, Alan Jones’s enemies are as premature in their glee as ever.

The voice of this tribune of the people will not cease.

However, its large and growing fan base cannot help but wonder why those who run Australian media seem unable to provide an adequate platform for the country’s most influential commentator.

Of course, they believe, the free market will ensure that Alan Jones’ voice continues to be heard.

So why did Alan Jones give up on these important outlets? There are three important factors.

First, by doing what is so widely denied, resonating with his audience, he is extraordinarily effective, frankly more than many in the media want.

Once the ultimate control of the media was vested in the owners, the tycoons, but boards of professional directors increasingly leave such control to management that does not necessarily depend on ratings. Below I will talk about what can affect them.

The truth is, Alan Jones’s influence and need to hear him cannot be overstated.

I first met Alan during the 1999 referendum. In the vast majority of the Australian media, press and radio broadcasting, he was the only major voice to oppose a vote in a referendum for Australia to become a republic. And this despite the fact that we have long been one crowned republic.

It was proposed to create a republic of politicians, the only one in history in which the prime minister could fire a puppet president without notice, without reason and without the right to appeal.

Alan’s short answer to those who were undecided on the phone became one of the successful slogans of the NO case: “If you don’t know, vote NO.” The result ran sharply against the combined desire of most politicians, the mainstream media of the day, and all other elites — a crushing defeat.

The No case won nationally, in every state and 72 percent of the electorate.

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Alan Jones addresses the media during the Wallabies & Barbarians presentation at Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia, October 13, 2017 (Matt King / Getty Images)

One of Alan’s famous problem-solving tricks was to ask one characteristic question: “Does he pass the test in the pub?”

His interviews and editorials are consistently based on careful personal research, guided by traditional values, and presented with the incomparable common sense, technique and style that appeal to ordinary people outside of Australia.

Add to that his powerful presence and rhetoric, which leaves many politicians and other elites shuddering at the thought of meeting him. As a result, some will simply not show up, although it will give them access to a large audience.

The second factor is his refusal to support the prevailing radical views that have become mandatory.

Most of them have a common origin. But, as the great American television personality and prolific writer Mark Levin has shown in his book on the subject, these radical views invariably come from or through this monster – American Marxism.

And unlike many leaders of the nation, in politics, big business and academia, Alan Jones is not inferior to and does not obey the current elite fashion, but remains, as always, a proud heretic.

The third factor is that he has no fear. Imbued with a love of art, the courage of an athlete and a passion for politics, he is like a certain prince of the Renaissance, who cannot be silenced and who will not correspond to the latest empty orthodox views.

But what motivates those who control the media, but do not own them?

First, they get scared all too easily when some bewildered group of social terrorists – such as the Sleeping Giants and the Mad Witches – use algorithms as weapons to mimic non-existent widespread outrage and destabilize the weakest and least brave of advertising executives.

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Instead of exposing them, media executives are all too willing to see the way out in censoring their boldest voices.

Secondly, they too easily accept the dictates of social networks in their various proposals to control not only the political life of the country, but also the thinking itself.

Instead of looking for new and alternative platforms, they cowardly agree that some fundamental issues are now non-negotiable.

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President Donald Trump’s suspended Twitter account will appear on iPhone in San Anselmo, California on January 8, 2021. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

Accordingly, they too readily agreed with the instructions that there should be no or little discussion of the efficacy and side effects of the Wuhan virus vaccines, which are still experimental. Likewise, there should be no discussion about whether politicians must use vaccines to keep people in control rather than to save them, or whether compulsory vaccinations are the only way to protect the vulnerable. And let’s not forget that we cannot have a simple mention of therapeutic therapies for which there is scientific support and are allowed in other jurisdictions, with the exception of the expensive products of the Big Pharmacy.

The problem is that in a democracy, all of these issues should remain open for discussion and debate both live and on air.

And finally, thirdly, some also do not want to tolerate or tolerate many views that contradict their current editorial line, which they promote not only in the comments, but also in the news.

Take, for example, the main problem at present – the hypothesis of global warming caused by human activity. Since it is now clear that the main beneficiaries of this are the genocidal billionaires in Beijing, too many carpet packers have jumped on the train.

Is it time for the media to dissuade them from the broadest discussion of theory?

Those rushing to silence Alan Jones forget that the world has changed technologically, and most likely it will continue. What was impossible until recently is now possible and becomes more accessible every day.

Let’s take just one example. The blatant censorship of social and mainstream media that took place during the 2020 US presidential election censoring important information about Joe Biden’s family may well be a thing of the past, especially during the next election.

Alan Jones only recently moved to social media, but very soon became the most visible voice among Australian commentators. Those media outlets that tried to shut him down may well have actually shot themselves in the foot.

And there are so many new forums where he already has a strong voice, which means the freed Alan Jones must now attract a new and truly wider audience in Australia and around the world.

So, I say again that attempts to silence Alan Jones, the tribune of the people, will fail and fail.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

David Flint

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David Flint is Professor Emeritus of Law, renowned for his leadership of Australians for constitutional monarchy and for his tenure as head of the Australian Broadcasting Authority. He is also the former chairman of the Australian Press Council and World Press Council Association.


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