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Last updated on August 6th, 2017 at 05:41 am
Media Watch catches Alan Jones:
“Now I’m going to check this today with Mal Brough because I think the Commonwealth is a bit of a nigger in the woodpile here.” – 2GB, Alan Jones Show, 22nd February, 2007
Wicked Alan! Media Watch host Monica Attard wasn’t pleased:
A few years ago ABC Newsradio listeners were appalled when presenter David Lord used the same expression – a nigger in the woodpile.
He had to apologise.
But Alan Jones has his own set of standards.
And Media Watch has its own standards, too. See, it’s bad when conservative Jones or crusty old sports presenter Lord use the n-word, as the Newsradio host did in 2002. But Attard failed to mention a more recent case of n-word deployment:
An ABC listener complained that Margot Kingston used the term “nigger in the woodpile” on Late Night Live, and that Philip Adamshad appeared to be amused by this incident. The ABC agreed that the use of this term transgressed the ABC’s Code of Practice.
No demand from Media Watch that lefties Phil and Margo apologise following their 2003 n-word moment. In fact, then-Media Watch executive producer Peter McEvoy actually defended them:
Media Watch is a program about the media and journalism that promotes a number of principles, including free speech. The phrase “nigger in the woodpile” is a colloquialism, which means a hidden or unacknowledged problem. Some people may feel it’s in bad taste, but we wouldn’t pick up someone for using the term in context.
I’d love to know what he meant by “in context”. Media Watch has form when it comes to different rulings for identical crimes; take this case, also from 2003, in which conservative columnist Miranda Devine was criticised for describing people (terrorists, in fact) as “cockroaches”. Media Watchwas shocked by Miranda’s insensitivity. But just a few years earlier, and to bring this item to a neat circular conclusion, Media Watch itself had described people as cockroaches.
Among the so-described was … Alan Jones.
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