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Sunday, July 27, 2003
 
MINISTER ALSTON "CAN'T TAKE A JOKE", or a trick.

"The ABC isn't biased: Richard Alston's just saying that 'cause he's a right-wing pig rooter" editorialised Radio JJJ's breakfast announcer last Friday.

The comment may be no funnier than the Radio National AM programme's commentary, of which the Minister complained, and it is certainly no less commentary.

The JJJ announcer Wil Anderson claims the comment was a joke.

The comedian [sic] said both his Triple J managers thought the joke was funny and in context. According to Henny Herald's page 3, unwebbed, story yesterday.

"It's not a joke about Richard Alston, it's a joke about the left-wing cardigan wearing complainers at the ABC" according to Anderson, pursuing his line in ground-penetrating logic.

Anderson is one of those comics who thinks crudeness is automatically funny, and if it's about politicians it must be satire.

Looks like Alston's proposed outside review panel will succeed.