What Jones means is, he is not sorry for having berated a woman in power on air, he is only sorry about the impact it had on some people. He admits he was tough regarding the NSW Racing’s apparent right to advertise on the Sydney Opera House because it was important to him. But why is this issue so inflammatory? Advertising gambling of all things on the Opera House is surely not as important as other issues like human rights. So the reason why Jones felt so strongly about it doesn’t add up. Or at least the level of outrage expressed by him surely doesn’t match the issue at hand.
When Julia Gillard’s father died, he suggested that he had “died of shame” and then later apologised (like he did with Herron). Jones will keep bullying and harassing women in power because there is no consequence to his behaviour. Jones keeps his job.
Don Burke kept his job. Kyle Sandilands kept his job after asking Erin Molan (Footy Show presenter) whether she had breast surgery and suggested that no one is listening to her segment. Australia tolerates misogyny as long as these men are still in jobs. It is embedded in our culture. The second cultural cringe is our appetite for gambling, especially in NSW.