Do you remember the tirade Julia Gillard received from Alan Jones (and the community at large) for being 10 minutes late for an interview? Here’s some of the transcript, which appears tame in comparison to the sting that was heard in the shock jock’s voice:
The interview had started poorly, with the Prime Minister arriving about 10 minutes late for her 7.10am slot.
“Ten past 7 is 10 past 7 isn’t it?” Jones said to Ms Gillard.
“I can understand you may not want to come on or you can’t come on but surely courtesy has to be part of the way in which the public are treated,” he said
To those who can remember hearing the now famous outburst, I’m sure you can recall the vile filth Jones lashed at the then PM. You may remember too, the lashings she received from the right-wing cheer squad who added her unforgivable tardiness to their long list of reasons why she was the most evil being on planet Earth.
Well I wonder what they’d have to say, including Jones, to Abbott being 20 minutes late to his first APEC meeting:
Arriving noticeably late to the first session of the APEC leaders meeting in Bali yesterday – where 21 world leaders gathered to talk about important matters – Mr Abbott appeared to be snubbed by the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
And don’t you just love news.com, where that story is from? Tony Abbott was noticeably late; no mention that it was a whole 20 minutes. Tony Abbott was snubbed; yes, the headline to the story was “Did Russian President Vladimir Putin snub our Prime Minister Tony Abbott?” Of course, Putin is the bad guy.
But wait, there are more bad guys:
Explaining his tardiness to journalists this morning Mr Abbott blamed officials for not alerting him to the start of the meeting.
Yep, I guess that lets Tony of the hook. After all, he’s not well known for being able to fend for himself.
Meanwhile, do you remember when Julia Gillard was late for an interview with Alan Jones? Do you also remember the outcry?
Do I detect the stench of double standards from our media?