I was especially piqued by Nicola Roxon's comment on Sky yesterday that she wouldn't rule out appearing on Alan Jones' program in the future in spite of the fact that she thought 2GB should consider taking Jones off air. She mused that this might be seen as punishing Alan Jones listeners. It wouldn't, Ms Roxon, really it wouldn't. Aside from relying on the profusion of outrage, fulmination, etc, politicians do seem to suffer from the delusion that when they appear on air to mutter about the latest legislative such and such and the ongoing political so and so, they are doing it as a special treat for the public.
Amongst all of this scandal crisis drama hoo ha what not I don't think Jones will have lost any sleep. Jones must be well aware of his core demographic by now - people who like to tune into the radio to hear an angry man shouting at things. And I'm pretty sure he'll continue to satisfy this need for an angry man shouting at things for many years to come. So, I suppose, in his own little way Jones is making his unique contribution to the ongoing need for outrage, fulmination, etc. Could it be, perhaps, that the endlessly outraged and Alan Jones - need one another, do you think?
UPDATE! - But, on the other hand, this.