In a week when Julia Gillard declared her intention to play the gender card by telling parliament “Misogynist Tony is back”, and her intention to lift journalistic standards who do you think she would call first to discuss her re-election as Labor leader?
Leading female anchor Leigh Sales? Or a PC male journalist like Jon Faine from her home town Melbourne? Or?
The list is almost endless, but no matter how endless, you would think it would have ended well before it got to over-the-top misogynist and serial gender offender and mugger of community and press standards – Kyle Sandilands
This is the shock jock whose mind is rarely above his jocks and who’s been taken off air a number of times because his behaviour fails to conform to community standards.
The same Kyle Sandilands who used his radio show to call Newscorp journalist Alison Stephens “a fat slag” and a “bullshit artist” who should be fired from her job. Who went on to say: “Your hair’s very ’90s. And your blouse. You haven’t got that much titty to be having that low cut a blouse. Watch your mouth or I’ll hunt you down.”
That was in October 2011. By November that year acting on a complaint ACMA made a finding that “Sandilands has breached decency standards and his comments made last year about a journalist were deeply derogatory and offensive”.
Then there were his 2009 comments about Magda Szubanski who had just lost 25 kilos.
You put her in a concentration camp and you watch the weight fall off … like she could be skinny.
And there was his stunt later that year when he strapped a 14 year old girl on a lie detector, and amongst other things asked her about her sexual experiences after she admitted to having been raped.
Exactly how does this guy even qualify for a Prime Ministerial interview, let alone an exclusive just after one of the biggest days of her life?
And how does she square it against her charge that Tony Abbott is not suitable as prime minister because she alleges he is a misogynist? Or that the Murdoch Press needs to be reined in?
Is it that a higher standard has to apply to prospective PMs and live broadcast is different from print, or just that her only standard is what suits her at the time?
Perhaps she was just after the demographic that listens to Kyle and Jackie O, seeing as she’s lost just about every other one. But why would she think that their demographic would be interested in anything she has to say, given they’re obviously comfortable with Kyle’s Neanderthal level of hormonally charged repartee?
And how could she add to the revenues of the gutter broadcasters by appearing on their program? In the past advertisers have withdrawn their support from the program, but the PM has now made advertising spots just a tiny little bit more valuable.
Or perhaps she thinks enough time has elapsed for Sandilands to be forgiven, in which case perhaps her next momentous moment will be shared with Alan Jones.
I’m not sure why this incident hasn’t drawn more attention to itself. Perhaps it’s just a case that after the last week in parliament, most journalists are thinking she couldn’t top them. Well, I think she just has.
If you want to check out the full depths to which Sandilands has sunk, his Wikipedia entry (from which I drew details of these examples) is pretty good. If you want to check out the full depths to which the Prime Minister will go, just keep watching the news.
(Added 24/3/13 at 6:45 pm) And just when you think it can’t get worse, it does. Who hosted the Kyle and Jackie O Show’s Easter Egg Hunt at Kirribili House? Don’t need to answer that one really. Photo below is from the PM’s twitter feed. A couple of bunnies for Easter.