ALAN JONES RAL­LIES THE TROOPS

GQ (Australia) - - MEN OF THE YEAR -

Af­ter a series of bait­ing state­ments in which he la­belled Lebanese Mus­lims “ver­min” who “rape and pil­lage a na­tion who’s taken them in”, the in­flu­en­tial broad­caster called for “a rally, a street march, call it what you will. A com­mu­nity show of force.” Those most sus­cep­ti­ble to this tune danced like the mas­ter ma­nip­u­la­tor knew they would. Not on their watch. Not be­neath their South­ern Cross. The fo­cal point was to be Cronulla Beach in Syd­ney where bloody bat­tles be­tween lo­cals and any­one per­ceived as oth­er­wise made global news in De­cem­ber 2005. The for­mer fre­quently draped in Aus­tralian flags and daubed with slo­gans such as “save Nulla, fuck Al­lah”. Jones was later found guilty of “in­cit­ing ha­tred, se­ri­ous con­tempt and se­vere ridicule of Lebanese Mus­lims” by the New South Wales Ad­min­is­tra­tive De­ci­sions Tri­bunal.

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