Alan Jones; broadcaster, journo, lobbyist, propagandist or spin doctor?

Jones.jpgA few weeks back, Trev Cook highlighted Sydney shock jock Alan Jones’ interviewing technique. Now, research by University of Queensland academic Graeme Turner spotlights how AJ’s particular style – including message and sound bite repetition, memorable mnemonics and tactics bordering on propaganda dissemination – show there’s at least as much spin as substance in Jones’ broadcasts. Tarred and marred by earlier implications in ‘cash-for-comment’ rows, the study again calls into question the role of media personalities like Alan Jones as spinners/spruikers; makes a change from PRs, I suppose.

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