Chris Masters' grab for cash and fame (letter)by Margaret MenzelNews Weekly
, November 11, 2006
In a world that obsessively seeks to reduce us all to clones of one another while espousing individuality, Chris Masters in his book on Sydney broadcaster Alan Jones, Jonestown
, releases yet another attack on an individual who dares to stand out from the pack.
When any individual achieves success, or nurtures and encourages achievement in others, inevitably he will attract the envy and distorted criticisms of those desperate to reach the summit themselves, seemingly through any means.
It seems to me that Alan Jones has long recognised that in supporting and encouraging the hopes and aspirations of others, one then shares in their successes and achievements.
Chris Masters' recognition of the effectiveness and influence of Alan Jones may point to the real purpose behind his "book". Masters recognises that consistently hurling enough suggestion and inference, no matter the lack of evidential information, will produce the same effect on a decent individual's reputation as a proven scandal would.
Sadly, there is no evidence of good journalism here.Margaret Menzel,
Ayr, North Qld.