You may be right about that, hinge, I couldn't say for sure ...
The extreme reaction on social media (& mainstream media, too), could be seen as being about just that one
"dying of shame" comment.
But I doubt it.
Perhaps it is more about a mass expression of revulsion to ongoing hate broadcasting
, not just by Jones, but by others of his ilk, too?
Which might well include "respectable" political commentators who have bought into the irrational & over-the-top hate expressions against Julia Gillard by given them credence, too? (I could give you quite a few examples. Including in the Fairfax press. )
And which might also include the politicians who have (oh so innocently!) benefited from lunatic fringe commentators like Jones.
My most positive reaction to all this is outpouring of disgust is that ordinary people have finally had an opportunity, some focal point, for saying "enough is enough. This type of commentary disgusts us. And does not influence us."
What happens from here-on is anyone's guess.
Jones might continue broadcasting & his advertisers might return to him in droves.
BUT, I think that anything that destroys the deluded view that he is some sort of major influence
on Australian politics has got to be a good thing.
He isn't. His "fans" are a minority who hold the same views as he does.
Once the broader Oz political media "analysts" get this, they might cease paying any attention to the fringe cranks like Jones & we might actually get some real political commentary, for a bit of a change!
Now wouldn't that be something?