The media’s specifications for an Australian PM

First, it must be understood that it is the media who will shape the Prime Minister of this nation.  It is to the media that he or she must answer.  It will decide which of the contenders should be elected, and how the one so crowned should govern.  If the public can understand that, everything else makes sense.

So it is appropriate that those who might aspire to that highest of high offices understand what attributes they must exhibit, what the media requires of them, and how they must behave – in other words their job specification.  Go along compliantly and success is assured.

The media’s news’ specifications

As the controlling influence in matters of political discourse and action, the media’s news and current affairs requirements head the list of specifications. 

The media insist on the following:

The Prime Minister must be available to the media whenever it demands.  News and current affairs programmes need constant feeding.  So doorstops, calls for interviews, and requests for press statements must be complied with immediately – the media has no time to waste.

Although the media has created the feeding frenzy of the daily media cycle and requires it to be satiated hour by hour, it reserves the right to lampoon the PM for complying with that cycle and will indict him for ‘obsession with the media cycle’, and if the PM actually seeks out the media, it will assume he is in ‘panic mode’.

The PM must be ready to answer any question, no matter how obstruce, no matter how rudely put, no matter how irrelevant to the matter in hand.

The PM must never ‘lose his cool’, refuse to answer a question, challenge the interviewer, answer back the interrogator or suggest that a question is stupid, even if it is.  Otherwise the media will retaliate by accusing the PM of ‘a meltdown’, ‘losing it’, or ‘unable to take the heat’.

Questions that require a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer must receive them without delay, without preamble, and without obfuscation. 

‘Will you guarantee’ questions must be answered ‘yes’ or ‘no’ without equivocation.  The media needs these on record so they can be quoted back at the PM at any time.

No questions will be permitted to be ‘taken on notice’.  The PM must be fully familiar with all matters at all times, no matter how trivial, no matter how complex, no matter how recent, and be able to deliver cogent answers immediately.

The answer to questions must be brief yet detailed enough for even the most ignorant to understand.  On no account must the PM bore the audience with prolixity; repetitive phrases such as ‘working families’, ‘in the national interest’ and ‘for the future’ must be avoided no matter how relevant to the subject, and replies must fit into the media’s need for short grabs.  However, snappy phrases such as ‘great big new tax’ are permissible provided they come from the Opposition.

Colloquialisms or phrases such as ‘you know something’, or ‘the overwhelming majority of mainstream voters’ or ‘I’m damned if I do and damned if I don’t’, and obscure, antediluvian phrases such as ‘fair shake of the sauce bottle’, are such anathema to journalists they must be avoided.  If repeated often enough they will result in extreme distress and annoyance to them, and for the obsessive among them, a counting frenzy. Journalists are under enough stress; they must not be subjected to such gross and unnecessary mental trauma.

If questions are not being answered to the satisfaction of the journalist, the answer will be interrupted, rudely if necessary, to get the answer the interviewer wants and needs for his media outlet.  The interviewer’s ego has to be protected and his need for a scoop respected.

Should the PM refuse to answer as required by the media, the most uncomplimentary photos or video clips of him will be used to accompany any reportage of the event.  With rapid-fire or video cameras it is easy to produce appalling images, which can be stored in perpetuity for later use, even if not actually taken at the event being reported.

Interviews should be held in conditions congenial to the media at a time suitable to journalists, be of a correct duration for the journalists, and concluding in good time for the media’s deadlines.  Announcements after the close of play, such as on Friday evenings or at weekends are taboo and will be interpreted by the media as a cynical attempt to 'cover up' unpleasant news.

Interviews in front of churches or religious places must be avoided, but those in sporting precincts, on beaches or in cycling contests are permissible as they are in tune with this country’s sporting orientation, provided of course that the media does not categorize them as ‘flagrant photo opportunities’ seized by the PM for political purposes.

The PM must not repeat the same ‘message of the day’ on different outlets or for different audiences, as the media has the capacity to juxtapose these utterances into a collage that will be used to mock the PM for repetitiveness.  Nor must ministers do likewise, or the media will castigate the Government for being in the thrall of its media advisers, otherwise known as ‘junior woodchucks’.

The PM has no right to challenge the accuracy of journalists’ reporting of media events – they are professionals who know how to get the story right. Such challenges will be ignored, and in the unlikely event they are valid, any apology, if considered appropriate at all, will be placed where few will see or hear it.

The media’s image building of the PM

The media require a certain type of person as PM.

He/she must comply with the following:

The PM must be acceptable in appearance: preferably a George Clooney or 007 clone, with the bearing of Clint Eastwood, or of Julie Andrews solidity or Angelina Jolie beauty.  Resemblance to a dentist, wearing square glasses, a nerdy look, a cartoon character look-alike, bushy eyebrows or a protruding lower lip, a bald scalp or too much hair, while the delight of cartoonists, are not what is required of the leader of a rugged nation.

The PM must avoid any language that any citizen might find unpleasant, yet still portray the ‘where the bloody hell are you’ image.  Any instance of bad language will be archived for repetitive use.

The PM must have an impeccable past history with no trace of misdemeanor, especially visiting undesirable places or associating with undesirable individuals. Any such instances will be raised as often as necessary to demean the PM, as is the media’s right.

The PM must paint a stunning vision of the nation’s future, express that in a compelling policy narrative, announce it with soaring oratory, and carry out all moves towards that vision with assurance, determination, meticulous planning and with careful use of scarce resources, and deliver it in full, on time and on budget, and with no administrative stuff-ups on the way, no matter what exigencies complicate the process.  The PM must stick to policy; to do otherwise will properly evoke the accusation that it is another instance of him putting ‘politics ahead of policy’, although the media’s interest is really in the former.  The media will always decide which is which.

The PM must express unequivocally ‘what he stands for’, but the media reserves the right to discount that, lambaste him should he abandon any of what he says he stands for, yet criticize him as stubborn or ill advised if he sticks determinedly to it.  Any deviation from what he stands for will be attributed to defects in his ‘character’.

The PM must never make promises that cannot with utmost certainty be honoured. Even if stated only as intentions they will be interpreted by the media as promises since the media needs as many ‘broken promises’ as it can muster to flesh out its stories.

The PM must never change his mind about anything, no matter how much circumstances have changed.   The media will label any change of mind or direction, no matter how justified by the prevailing situation, as a ‘back flip’ with or without double pike, a ‘turn-about’, an ‘about-face’, a ‘U-turn’, and of course a ‘broken promise’. Whatever the PM says will happen, must happen, and even in the event a change of mind or direction is the sensible thing to do, the media reserves the right to lambast the PM for not changing, for being stubborn, not listening to the public clamor, or being blind to reality.

The PM must tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth at all times – truth being defined as what the media deems to be true.  No matter how important it may be to keep confidences of national importance or those arising from cabinet discussions or confidential documents, the PM must not avoid answers or deflect questions or tell a porkie.  Be sure, the media keeps very careful records of every word uttered or written by a PM, and will quote them back at him when it suits its purpose.  However, the media is under no obligation to verify the truth of anything it reports that emanates from third parties.

The PM must accept any and all criticism of his intentions, actions and achievements with equanimity, recognizing it is the media’s right, indeed responsibility to hold the PM to account at all times over all matters, and that any citizen, no matter how ill-informed, is entitled to criticize the one elected to hold the highest office in the nation and be quoted in the media.

The PM must accept that criticisms are warranted for any defect in policy implementation no matter how outstanding and worthy the accomplishments of the policy are.  The media reserves the right to repeatedly apply to such defects descriptors such as ‘flawed’, ‘bungled’, ‘debacle’, and the like.

The PM must not overwork or sacrifice sleep– it should be possible to govern a country of 22 million people during regular working hours, with plenty of time for sport, relaxation and a cold beer.

A PM must never do his block at staff even when they stuff up.  Anger and bad language is taboo, but copious quantities of political passion are essential.

He must never overwork his staff, who are entitled to a decent night’s sleep and seeing their kids occasionally, yet not employ too many and willfully waste the country’s money.  The business of government should be achievable at a leisurely pace with minimal staff – what can’t be done today can wait until tomorrow.  Nonetheless the PM must fulfill the expectations of all interest groups in the community, even if they are in conflict, and all citizens generally. 

In meeting the diverse needs of the community, the PM must not show signs of populism or indulge in pork barreling; every move must be justifiable in the court of public opinion and of course to the media, which governs public opinion.

The PM, no matter how well endowed intellectually, must not exhibit this, as it will be seen as conceit.  A ‘too-smart-by-far’ aura or ‘the smartest person in the room who can solve any problem’ air is particularly taboo.  A knock-about sporting image is to be preferred.

As the media has journalists of great experience, unlimited wisdom and penetrating insight into all matters political, even among its junior contingent, it reserves the right to criticize any government initiative, point out its obvious flaws, suggest more appropriate alternatives and recommend to the PM how he should proceed on any matter.  These opinions will be expressed with the assurance of always being right.

The PM must be careful when writing in the media not to express beliefs, attitudes, conclusions and intentions, as this is pretentious.  It is particularly ostentatious to cite a role model, especially if that person comes from a religious background.  Such writings will be subject to scrutiny, criticism and ridicule by the experts who write in the media, whose understandings surpass any understanding a PM might have.  With a few notable exceptions, the media’s economics correspondents, despite their consistent inability to agree on almost anything, will make their assessments in condemnatory terms should the PM trespass onto their sacred turf.

The PM must be able to explain even the most complex matters with crystal clarity and searing simplicity that will inform and convince even the most ignorant, disinterested and biased members of the community.

The PM must be able to negotiate brilliantly and swiftly with any group in the community, no matter how self interested they are, no matter how well-heeled and able to throw vast resources into the negotiation, no matter how complicated the issue, and come up with solutions acceptable to all, so there are winners all round.

The PM must use existing media outlets to promulgate Government messages.  The use of new-fangled social networks is to be deplored.  Ads are the lifeblood of the print and electronic media and should be used liberally, no matter what spurious arguments are advanced by do-gooders to restrict Government advertising.  Without ads, print media will die, all the editorial wisdom it offers will be lost, and media empires that gainfully employ so many will collapse – to use a common expression, ‘thousands of jobs will be lost’.  Notwithstanding this, the media reserves the right to severely criticize Government attempts to inform the public about its policies at taxpayers’ expense, and will condemn such attempts as ‘flagrant advertising’.

The media’s right to determine the next Government

Since it is the media, so much better informed than the electorate, that determines who will be the next PM and the next Government, what it says must be addressed.  The media, in its role of kingmaker, must be listened to carefully and followed without question.

It is the right of the media to dredge up any matter repeatedly, no matter how remote, no matter how inconsequential, to put down the person is does not want as PM and the right to foster the media-preferred candidate no matter how politically unsuitable or how poorly supported by political colleagues.

The media is entitled to mount any campaign, no matter how disingenuous, it deems necessary to denigrate, diminish and eventually dismiss the current PM in favour of a preferred successor.  No limits will be imposed on the rhetoric, the evidence used, the past history raked up, to achieve this aim.  Persistent leadership speculation, which is a tried and true media method for destabilizing a leader the media wishes to replace, will be used unremittingly.

The media will use polling data that its outlets generate to prosecute its case for dismissing a PM and installing another.  Such data are powerful if used as a heavy weapon to diminish an incumbent, and will be used relentlessly until the desired outcome is achieved.

The media is entitled, indeed has the responsibility, to kill off politically any PM it deems no longer suitable for its purpose.  By doing so the media knows it will have served the community well, while of course carefully looking after its own vested interests.

The media’s rights and responsibilities

All of the above is premised on the media’s unalienable right to determine who is best qualified to lead this nation, who is most likely to fulfill the media’s agenda, who is most likely to comply with the media’s requirements.  It is based on the concept of the media and its journalists being the story rather than the events that the media report. Its purpose is to maintain its influence over the hearts and minds of the people.

The pen is mightier than the sword.  The media reigns supreme!

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john

14/06/2010If only we could put them to the sword.

Hillbilly Skeleton

14/06/2010Unless it's been done on purpose, AA, I think your Office Doc program has a glitch in it that is reducing the spacings between many of your words. :)

Sally

14/06/2010HS Oddly this is exactly how your piece displayed on my mobile phone a few days ago. Next time I looked it was fine. A web display problem rather than an Office problem? Not that I know anything about such things but I'm certain someone else will.

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14/06/2010HS, Sally For reasons that I have yet to discover, each time I have uploaded a piece recently, the space between many words has been lost. So I have to go back into edit mode and put the spaces in, which incidentally were there when I uploaded. I hope my IT son-in-law will be able to sort this out. It might have something to do with my switch to an iMac and Apple programming. I can see that I'll have to upload late at night when most have gone to bed.

NormanK

14/06/2010Ad astra Don't you dare blame your Mac.

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14/06/2010NormanK I certainly hope it's not my new 27 inch iMac, which I'm enjoying so much. If you have any suggestions as to what the problem might be, please email me. Anyway, I think I've now fixed all the spacing problems.

Hillbilly Skeleton

14/06/2010Sally, You were spot on! All spaces restored after refreshing. :)

Hillbilly Skeleton

14/06/2010Brilliant as per usual, AA, and so concise! Thank goodness your way with words and an argument is on the side of the angels. :) I think Clive Hamilton nailed it with one word today when he referred to the overarching theme of the conspiracy between the Resources Industry, News Corp., and the parties of the entrenched economic interests in this country, the Liberal and National Parties, as being akin to a plutocracy. Mercantilism gone mad, I like to think of it as. With the Austrian/Rand Economic Gospel as their Bible, they fight tooth and nail in order to make manifest the ethos of the Survival of the Economic Fittest. By fair means and foul, but mostly foul, with their ciphers and pamphleteers in the Yellow press that they own, fighting on their behalf for a few pieces of Silver, and preferment by the Boss, which comes with the exalted opportunity to be called to attend one of the company's Private and off-limits to the Press(ironic, huh?), Annual Conferences, where you get to bask in the reflected glory of the great man himself, whom you are an avowed acolyte of, and brainstorm and strategise with the boss how to advance his aims for the year ahead. Of course, any government who is standing in the way of making you wealthier and more powerful has to be destroyed and delegitimised, ipso facto. A tawdry tale, but oh so true, and one we should be afraid of, very afraid of, if they manage, between them, these self-interested special, vested interest groups, to destabilise and defeat our democratically-elected government. For therein lies 'The Road to Serfdom'.

Michael

14/06/2010The standard of our political media? Comes from thrashing around in a very small pond. Straya, innit?

Lyn

14/06/2010Hi Ad Thankyou for another fantastic, enjoyable piece, what would we do without you. [i][quote]The media is entitled, indeed has the responsibility, to kill off politically any PM it deems no longer suitable for its purpose. [/quote][/i] That's right the Media don't care about the Country or the Government, they don't need Policies to bother about, just Budgie Smugglers they make an interesting photo. Just wondering Ad I don't think Phoney Tony meets one of those Media requirements that you have set out, so you see Budgie has failed their criteria, how come they all think Tones is wonderful. As [b]Stop Murdoch [/b]blogg said: [quote]The Rudd Government clearly have no plans to do anything about the shocking level of Murdoch control and influence of Australian media, let alone criticise it: Link on next comment.

Lyn

14/06/2010[b]TODAY'S LINKS PART 2[/b] [i]Is The Australian running The Country?, Reb, Gutter Trash[/i]More unsubstantiated "reporting" from The Australian http://guttertrash.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/are-the-mainstream-media-running-the-country/#comment-29566 [i]Ostracise and ridicule, STOP MURDOCH [/i]The Rudd Government clearly have no plans to do anything about the shocking level of Murdoch control and influence of Australian media, let alone criticise it: http://stopmurdoch.blogspot.com/2010/06/ostracise-and-ridicule.html [i]WHAT KEVIN NEEDS: A RUDDY GOOD POLL, PETER BRENT, MUMBLE[/i] Sadly for Kevin Rudd, this Queen’s birthday weekend means no Newspoll until next week, so last week’s 47 to 53 Nielsen http://mumble.com.au/

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14/06/2010HS Thank you for your kind remarks. You paint a frightening picture of the emerging plutocracy that is engulfing this country. It brings back memories of the wealthy aristocracy running Britain in bygone days. [i]The Oz[/i] seems hell-bent on reducing Kevin Rudd and his government to rubble. This is not imagination or overblown hyperbole – it is happening before our eyes. Just now my wife drew my attention to an article by Michael Lewis in Bloomberg.com that was linked to a Business Spectator article, which reported that hundreds of students at the Harvard Business School had taken something called the M.B.A. Oath. Reduced to a single sentence it reads: [i]“Wherever I face a choice between my self-interest, and the interests of the wider world, I pledge to act in the interests of the wider world.” [/i] What a difference it would make if enterprises in this country followed that commitment. Clearly, many key industries, currently the mining sector, has chosen self-interest. The article is worth reading for a laugh at the end where 'Oaths' are attributed (tongue in cheek) to a number of US financial institutions. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&sid=aDqGneoy9vj8

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14/06/2010Lyn Thank you too for your complimentary comments. It is good to see that the ‘Stop Murdoch’ blog is active. There are many signs, pointed out in several pieces on [i]TPS[/i], of the pernicious influence of Murdoch and his empire on political discourse in this country. How can we counter it? Blogs such as [i]TPS[/i] and similar sites, and comments on commercial blog sites may slow the invasion of hearts and minds by this all-pervasive influence. I’ll add your new links now.

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14/06/2010LYN'S DAILY LINKS updated: http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/page/Lyns-Daily-Links.aspx

Sally

14/06/2010AA, Thanks for such a humorous article. We need it - and the essential truth it contains - at present. I think I tend to agree with the ‘Stop Murdoch’ blog piece today that advises ‘ostracise and ridicule’ (for me it will probably be mostly the former but HS and others are sublimely talented at the latter). I agree with you entirely that Murdoch’s influence is ‘pernicious’, I would add plain evil. I’m actually quite terrified of his influence in the Aus media, particularly on those who buy and read tabloids or watch and listen to the televised equivalent of the tabloid press. Do you really think blog sites make a difference? I’m not sure. They are immensely gratifying to small numbers of pretty committed people and critics of current political/media malaise, and they are eminently accessible to anyone with a computer, some basic computer skills, a modicum of intelligence, and an interest in politics. But I live in a very rural area. Most of my neighbours and all of the tradespeople we have employed in the last 12 months wouldn’t even know what a ‘blog’ was, let alone read one. It’s a pretty conservative area although a federal and state Labor seat at present (that may change at the next election). I hope you are right and that the blogs aren’t purely a trawling ground for middle class, educated individuals looking for similarly minded people. The Drum was once in that category. Now, thanks to a new editorial policy and the new Unleashed, it’s as sensational as the puerile nonsense on MSM blogs. I guess where I agree with you most is the notion of putting comments on commercial (and ABC) websites knowing full well that you will probably be trashed like Lyn by a rented crowd of bullies and tips without icebergs (acknowledgement to P Keating). Sometimes I can’t even be bothered doing that given the degree of censorship going on that I’ve read about in fear on other blogs. Indeed when I asked my highly IT literate other half whether it was possible to censor/filter comments on the basis of an IP address (suggested on the Daily Bludge) his reply was an unequivocal yes. Paranoia? Or is this what is really going on? Cheers and thanks

Kersebleptes

14/06/2010Good article. Some might call the wit a bit trenchant & heavy-handed. But then, you're intentionally following in others' shallow, boofy literary footsteps, aren't you? With our media, you can have your head done in knowingly or unknowingly. I try to stay in the former group as much as possible, and it is definitely more painful than being in the latter. However, looking at members of the latter group, the unknowing option does seem to cause a lot more actual mental damage. And they have to answer their childrens' important questions about the world just as we do. Terrifying...

Agnes Mack

14/06/2010"No questions will be permitted to be ‘taken on notice’. The PM must be fully familiar with all matters at all times, no matter how trivial, no matter how complex, no matter how recent, and be able to deliver cogent answers immediately" Hi Ad, you could have continued.." However no way must you and your ministers receive early morning briefings from your crack-of-dawn-rising staff on the questions preoccupying the media that day. Far better that you are unprepared for the 7 am media onslaught. How else can we write stories about PM/Minister not on top of job/chaos reigning etc?" Enjoyed this frighteningly accurate piece. If you want to reinforce your despair visit Grog on related topic at http://grogsgamut.blogspot.com/2010/06/media-paradox-take-your-time-and-do-it.html

Hillbilly Skeleton

14/06/2010sally, I'd like to think I was 'sublimely talented' at ridiculing the Right Wing oiks on The Australian blogs. It doesn't really take much effort or imagination as they are so predictably loyal to the company line, and they're not even being paid to do it! Some are a bit more cunning, being able to twist the latest Murdoch line into some seemingly-convincing arguments, but they can usually be deconstructed pretty easily, if you can be bothered. However, I guess that's the key to the whole Press Gallery paradigm, they know that most people are too time poor to be able to take the time to deconstruct their lies and inconsistencies, and just go along for the ride with them.

NormanK

14/06/2010Ad astra I'm glad you sorted out the spacing problems. Mad keen on my Mac but a little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing so I did a Tony Abbott on answering your request for assistance. "I'm a wimp. I'm sorry". Thanks for your article - humour (satire in particular) is a valuable tool in pointing out foibles. As a newcommer to your fireside, may I humbly suggest that either you or Lyn repost the link to your "Groupthink" essay. Taking politicians to task over things they may have said years ago is a very ungracious activity. Revisiting a commentators thoughts which were written in the prevailing climate of the time and asking "what did he get right?", "what did he get wrong?" and "what has changed in the intervening years?" can prove to be a useful exercise. Your groupthink essay is a case in point - very illuminating. Thanks. Sally As a junior novice in the blogosphere,I am sceptical of all that I read and where possible try to follow it up with a little research. I have just spent several hours each day over this long weekend trying to lodge comments on Murdoch news sites. It ain't science, but my experience to date has been that you get 24 hours grace where you can comment as often as you like but when you return later - nothing goes through. Here, I am speaking of comments which do not contain inflammatory remarks, no swearing, no personal attacks but that do run contrary to the much-talked-about "narrative". In plain English, if you don't bag Kevin Rudd and his government then you don't get published. If IP blacklisting is true, then it would go a long way to explaining the disproportionate number of unfavourable postings. If you are feeling brave, try it. It might be interesting to make your first couple of contributions anti-government and then switch tack. It would be interesting to see how long you last. Use another name if visitors with baseball bats worry you. My next experiment will be to try the reverse of that. See if I can get published from this IP address with a bit of Rudd-sledging.

Sally

14/06/2010NormanK, I've thought up another strategy but because I am now totally paranoid about filtering/monitoring etc, I'm going to keep it close to my chest until I utilise it. THEN I'll report back here. Re the 24hrs grace, with regard to the ABC, that Hewson piece on Unleashed is still purportedly open for comments. But just have a look at the number of comments that have been posted each day since it was initially posted. Miniscule. It would take a lot to convince me that filtering isn't in operation on that particular article where only about 150 comments have been posted over the last 4/5 days yet over 300 on others posted at a similar time. And it's a contentious article so either the hundreds of commentators on other articles (most of which are brief and often nasty whereas here they are longer and more thoughtful overall) have been edited out, OR, they haven't commented on Hewson the individual. Either way it's troubling.

john

14/06/2010Could the govt. get away with banning foreign media ownership, do you think?

Sally

14/06/2010TPS people, Have a quick look at these two sites just to prove how easy it is to record your ISP and have it recognised immediately, AND, more importantly, how to possibly overcome it. There are also freebie sites but I don't know anything about any of them including the ones I'm sending. Just for general info. I'll pursue in greater depth. http://www.hide-my-ip-address.com/hideip/?pu=false http://www.torproject.org/overview.html.en

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14/06/2010Sally I don’t know how we can ascertain what influence we have in the blogosphere. I can only report that traffic this year is well over three times what it was last year, and is increasing steadily. But of course it is nowhere near Andrew Bolt’s boast of a ‘million hits a month’. Visitors here have expressed the view that journalists do visit the site and I know that is true of at least one prominent one who emailed me about one of the pieces. So I guess we just battle on in hope that apart from the visitors whom we know, there are amongst the anonymous numbers who don’t leave a comment a sprinkling of journalists. As [i]Crikey[/i] has picked up on several articles on [i]TPS[/i] there must be some trawling going on of blog sites. [i]TPS[/i] is linked from about ten other sites including Possum’s [i]Pollytics[/i]. It is good that like-minded people can converse, and even if that was all that is happening on [i]TPS[/i] that would be worthwhile. But we need also to invade other blogs, especially the commercial ones, with our point of view. The fact that we get nasty replies means someone is listening even if not believing.

Sally

14/06/2010AA Good news (re the journalist) and otherwise agreed. On the other issue I just posted, the IPS site is for Firefox users (of which I am one) but I'm sure there is other software for Macs. If anyone can be bothered or wants to look.

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14/06/2010Kersebleptes My comments are heavy-handed if not jack-book intense. I am very angry about the way the media plays us for suckers. As you say, it is preferable, although more painful, to be knowingly done over than unknowingly, which I suspect is the case for most. That the media can exercise such influence over our future and that of generations to come is what makes it so dangerous to our society. Agnes Mack Thank you for your comments. You’re right, Grog’s comment of last night is great reading and in tune with the theme of this piece. For those who haven’t seen it, the link to [i]The Media Paradox. Take your time and do it now[/i] is: http://grogsgamut.blogspot.com/2010/06/media-paradox-take-your-time-and-do-it.html

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14/06/2010NormanK I have posted the link to [i]Is the media in Australia suffering from groupthink?[/i] on LYN’S DAILY LINKS: http://thepossumbox.wordpress.com/2008/06/14/is-the-media-in-australia-suffering-from-groupthink/

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14/06/2010NormanK We should all keep a record of prognostications of our learned journalists so we can quote them back to them when, as is so often the case, they are wrong. There was a beautiful record of this type about Peter van Onselen’s predictions on Vex News http://www.vexnews.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/Wisdom-of-van-Onselen.pdf

Open Minded

14/06/2010Long-time lurker, first time poster. Thank you Ad astra for a blog not weighed down by an abundance of denigrating posts, but of mostly well-thought out opinion and reporting. With regards to The Australian, and their obvious agenda, would it be a reasonable suggestion for the periphery players associated with the ALP (say the Hawkers, Howes etc.) to 'ridicule' The Autralian and in-turn those 'journalists' (and I use that term loosely) who quote that paper as 'talking points' without the necessary research to actually validate such quotes? Maybe it's agitating an already agressive snake, but can The Australian get any worse? I recall the PM and other ministers referring to The Australian (and sometimes it's contributors - can't call them journos - i.e. Milne a while ago before his dumping) in a negative way, but to me, it's not enough. To actively stop, or perhaps slow down the use of The Australian as the be-all-and-end-all, more active solutions are required. Perhaps Government members, but definitely those with ALP 'assocation' when interviewed need to make it known loud and clear that the information obtained from The Australian is rubbish and treat it with the disdain it so rightly deserves. i.e. say it's rubbish and don't entertain any further tangential questions. Maybe the interviewers will get the message as the 'bootstrapping', as Bushfire Bill so rightly suggested, is absolutely rampant. Thanks again Ad astra and posters for many hours of enjoyable reading, Open Minded

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14/06/2010Sally Thank you for investigating the filtering issue and for the links to site that purport to counter it. That will please NormanK.

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14/06/2010John That sounds like a neat solution, but if the RSPT was anathema to the miners, could you imagine the uproar if the Government tried to ban overseas ownership of media outlets?

Lyn

14/06/2010Hi Kersebleptes Welcome and thankyou for coming to "The Political Sword" and writing your very interesting, worthwhile comment. We hope you keep coming back again and again. [quote]With our media, you can have your head done in knowingly or unknowingly. [/quote] I agree with you, about having your head done in. The trouble is with me my head gets done in by the media, and the TV news, so knowingly it's scarey. Sky News Agenda just had another go at my head, you guessed, Julia Gillard taking over Kevin Rudd.

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14/06/2010Open Minded Welcome to the [i]TPS[/i] family. Please come again. Thank you for your kind remarks. I’m glad you find the comments on [i]TPS[/i] congenial. I agree that Kevin Rudd and his Government could not get worse publicity from [i]The Australian[/i] than it’s getting now, I suspect that this is the result of Rudd and his ministers having been already highly critical of this paper in QT and in comments during interviews. So why not go for broke and publically call the paper for what it is – vitriolically anti-Rudd, anti-Government.

Lyn

14/06/2010Hi Open Minded A big welcome to you for commenting on "The Political Sword, your comment is valuable to us. We hope you keep coming back, give up that lurking it is much more comfortable in here. I enjoyed your comment and agree with all that you said. [i]Maybe it's agitating an already agressive snake, but can The Australian get any worse? [/i] No it can't get any worse.

BH

14/06/2010Thanks AA for the irony in this piece as well. Sally asks whether blogs have influence. I send good pieces to my adult kids who are too busy to browse and they send them on. The comments I get back are mostly wtte 'thanks I didn't know that. Why don't I hear or see that on telly, radio or the papers'. I think some of the tweeters can make a difference by putting pertinent comments on journos twitter sites. It doesn't hurt to let them know when they're wrong by doing it with good humour.

NormanK

14/06/2010Ad astra Thanks for all of that. The van Onselen stuff is pure gold. If he was a politician this would be splashed all over the MSM. For anyone who hasn't read it yet, may I recommend Ad's "groupthink" essay. Sally I haven't looked at those sites yet but thanks for digging them up. To be honest, at this point I am more interested in proving to myself that either my content is being filtered out or my IP address is on some list. I look forward to your report on your experiment. HS Are you having any trouble with being locked out of these "discussion" groups? I realise it sounds like a conspiracy theory but I have had no success all weekend.

Rx

14/06/2010Ad Astra, Sorry I don't get to post more. I enjoy the blog very much. Some fine work is done here, and valuable contributions in a "team effort" of resistance. The question for me is: If Labor win this election, what should they DO about the media? Surely letting the situation go on as it has been is out is unthinkable.

Open Minded

14/06/2010Thanks for your reply Ad astra. Maybe I am over-reaching, but I would love to hear (and see) the likes of Fran Kelly, David Speers, Barrie Cassidy et al. being shown to the public as lazy, thoughtless automons who'd rather rely on the work of others. The story only gains momentum because it's allowed to flourish. Maybe do a Margaret Thatcher... "That's an interesting theory, "gang of four", Barrie. Where did you come up with that concept?" "Who is saying the government is under pressure, Fran?" Put the pressure back on to the interviewer. Show the public how unprepared they are.

janice

14/06/2010Well, I reckon the government ought to be able to publish a Government Gazette, its own online newspaper, and TV channel, to go into competition with Murdoch, Fairfax and the ABC (which has turned feral).

Grog

14/06/2010Good piece AA - I think we're exhibiting a bit of groupthink here! But geez, today The Oz says Rudd now has a week to shape up! (Hells bells, on Saturday he had two weeks!). Phil Coorey writes a very interesting article today: "Compounding Rudd's predicament is a lack of third-party support. Unlike the conservative side of politics, the left does not have a claque of high-rating and high-circulation media commentators to circle wagons when times are tough, as John Howard had. Commentators who sit on the left tend to join the attack rather than defend. Imagine, for instance, if Rudd had tried to sell to the public the invasion of Iraq. A combination of his inability to sell a message and a hostile commentariat would just about sink him." http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/no-escaping-a-fortnight-from-hell-for-rudd-20100613-y5up.html

Daisey May

14/06/2010I had a quiet chuckle over this article Ad. I haven't posted for a while as I have been too heartsick to do so. The thuggish assault on the PM and the language used to crucify him is the ugliest episode in political reportage in living memory. Although the Murdoch stooges will keep going it seems to me an air of boredom has started to creep into the missives of those who are normally a bit even handed. Tonight I wathched 10 News and noticed that all they had to whack him with was the guff from News Ltd. The hissing about pink bats, BER and the ETS has no more mileage and the only thing his detractors can harp about is the mining tax and it seems that on this score at least the lady is not for turning. Rudd and the ALP will weather this storm and when the election campaign starts even News ltd will have to fall into line. They will still be vile of course and perhaps it will help to erode their readership even further. Murdoch seems to forget that at least half the population at every Federal election will vote for the ALP and if you constantly tell those voters that they are a pack of brainless tossers for not electing the Coalition then there is a good chance that those people will not buy his crappy papers. One of the other posters here suggested that a level of hysteria cannot be sustained and I just marvelled at this lovely bit of insight. If the ALP just holds its nerve then the Abbott house of cards will come crashing down. I find it passing strange that the entire front bench of the Coalition has gone AWOL and no-one from the MSM has seen fit to question this. When I think of all the professional inepitude displayed by the journos of late I am just horrified. For what it is worth, I cannot wait for the election to be called. Then the lard arses of the press gallery who have grown fat and lazy because they assume that they can make or break politicians, will finally have to do the sort of leg work that bloggers alone have been doing for the past 6 months more than competently. Will sanity prevail? Time will tell. I am reminded that a week is a long time in politics.

Miglo

14/06/2010Hi to all. Another excellent thread. Having been a blog-watcher for many years I can comfortably say that in my opinion the author/s on this site are amongst the best in the business. The response is the subsequent intelligent discussion. I tip my hat to the posters as well. I'm interested in hearing why people blog, especially from the intellectual pool like those that gather at this site. Please feel free to tell me your reasons at: http://cafewhispers.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/blogging/ Best regards, Migs.

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14/06/2010BH It shows that many people are informed only by what they get in the media, but welcome other information if they deem it valid. We need to use every device – responding to blogs, using Twitter and social networks - that’s how it works these days.

Lyn

14/06/2010Hi Miglo Nice to see your smiling beak, have you been serving latte today. I will visit Cafe Whispers later and tell you why I blog, one main reason is the honest interesting pieces by the blogg masters, that attract commenters, with enjoyable, fantastic opinions.

jimbo

14/06/2010a marvellous insight into the media and a very lengthy piece because of the immense amount of information on the subject.what we need now is two things.one on what the medias specifications are for an australian opposition,a very short piece that would be because they expect nothing more than lies.number two is we need to be able to do a piece on the un australian whereby we fdind every negative piece or untruthful piece they have reported on over the past two and a half years and slice,dice and deissect them so we can show a major pattern of ambiguity,outright lies and one-sided bias on anyone who disagrees with them and then get all this info onto websites including any future pieces of drivel they come out with,in other words fight fire with water and put them out.one that comes to mind is the overland un australian affair.

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14/06/2010BH It shows that many people are informed only by what they get in the media, but welcome other information if they deem it valid. We need to use every device – responding to blogs, using Twitter and social networks - that’s how it works these days. Rx I agree, The Government needs to tackle the vicious influence of the media, but just how to do this is debatable. If I were Rudd, I’d call it for what it is doing. Open minded They do need to be tackled, but Fran Kelly for one believes Rudd should ‘just sit and take his medicine’ – her actual words! What arrogance! janice I agree – why can’t the Government publish its own news outlet? It does distribute its emailed Prime Minister’s Alert Service to which anyone can subscribe, but I suspect this reaches just a few. I would applaud it having its own newspaper – but I suppose against the might of Murdoch, that would be difficult. Grog Many thanks – I did enjoy your piece last night. Groupthink at work – we’re allowed that too. Rudd could do with a few on-side journalists. There are a few at Fairfax that could help the cause, but groupthink seems to be curtailing them – they don’t want to go too far out on a limb. Daisey May I too look forward to the real contest of an election where the achievements, policies and plans of both sides will have to be exposed – then all can see who’s got what to offer. Miglo Thank you for your encouraging comments. [i]Café Whispers[/i] is going well – we all should support it. jimbo A good idea – the specifications of an Opposition, but let’s do it from a voters point of view. As far as the media is concerned, all it seems to expect is that the Opposition be competitive and have a good contest with the Government – conflict is what the media wants, not necessarily the best outcome. Folks I’m retiring now for my favourite night of ABC TV. Back in the morning.

Macca

14/06/2010Good Evening AA, other Swordians, Lurkers of good intent, trolls of doubtful parentage, Andrew, Piers and their lovechild SIC. While the Murdoch operation is worldwide and their reach is quite staggering, it doesn't reach everywhere. One thing he can't control is the internet and viral videos....yet. Given that the Murdoch news operations seem to be universally despised I think that a campaign lampooning, ridiculing and generally showing the News Ltd hacks up for what they are would gain traction,and if done properly, could become international....especially in the USA. While this may sound a bit " over the top". Is it really? Murdoch and his hacks may believe that they control the message and in the print media they do. But this is the internet, the world wide web, it really is unstoppable. We're trying to fight Murdoch on his terms and on his turf. We have to force him to fight on our turf. Mock him, deride him, enrage him. IMO there is no other way to, if not beat him, neutralise his poison. Unfortunately my IT skills are limited to turning on the computer and logging into the Political Sword. If anybody out there can do this sign me up for the first $250 donation.

Macca

14/06/2010I meant starting an ongoing viral video campaign. Bloody RSL club.

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14/06/2010Macca Sounds good - let's sleep on how we might do this. Wouldn't if be great if we could counter Murdoch's malicious influence?

gusface

14/06/2010Internet radio podcasts may be a good start Have a regular schedule eg Combat analog and digital via the new internet mediums It can be done!!!!

Lyn

14/06/2010Hi Gusface How's my furry little friend tonight. You need to help us with your tech know how.

Hillbilly Skeleton

14/06/2010Something to put a smile on the PM's face: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703315404575249932678544418.html?mod=rss_india_news#mod=djm_hawsjindiarssh

Acerbic Conehead

15/06/2010HS, thanks for that link about the proposed windfall tax in the sub-continent. I can see the headline now: "Indians Are Cowboys".

Lyn

15/06/2010[b]TODAY'S LINKS[/b] [i]Can the ranga beat the nerd?, Daily Media Wrap, Crikey[/i] Julia Gillard sweeping in and taking over the leadership Leader of the ALP has become the favourite media story of the last few weeks http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/06/15/can-the-ranga-beat-the-nerd/ [i]Media narrative demands Rudd's head on a platter according to Newspoll timetable Mark, Larvatus Prodeo[/i] Tony Abbott’s suitability for high office and the Coalition’s policy stance continue to go completely without scrutiny from the so-called ‘fourth estate’, http://larvatusprodeo.net/2010/06/14/media-narrative-demands-rudds-head-according-to-newspoll-timetable/ [i]Blogging, Miglo , Cafe Whispers[/i] Consider; there is not one element of doubt that blogging has profoundly influenced the nature of modern communication. http://cafewhispers.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/blogging/#comment-291 [i]The blocking game, Andrew Leigh, On line Opinion[/i] A policy of “Just say no” may temporarily fire up the base, but the current chaos in the US Republican party shows where it leads. Politicians who play obstruction for its own sake merely fuel the rise of radical fringe movements. http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=10549 [i]Elections Can Be Harmful to Your Health, Dick Head, Friday Mash''[/i] A promise by Tony to get rid of Kevin however could be his most powerful electoral asset. http://www.fridaymash.com/election-sanity-top-stories/canberra-correspondent/elections-can-be-harmful-to-your-health [i]"I can absolutely, 1[u]Abbott 'doesn't want him there', but Wyatt sticks to his guns , Cameron Atfield, Brisbane Times[/i] 00 per cent guarantee that I will be the candidate come the election," he said http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/abbott-doesnt-want-him-there-but-wyatt-sticks-to-his-guns-20100614-ya0l.html [i]Rudd's great big mining myth, John Ralph, Eureka Street[/i]. Capital becomes more difficult to obtain to fund activities in the nation generally, http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=21856 [i]Column on Kevin: may contain course language, Marieke Hardy, ABC[/i] K07 isn't the guilty party here, we are. We're guilty for presuming he could be all the things we wanted him to be, loudly celebrating him before he'd even had a chance to open his mouth. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/15/2926985.htm [i]Memo Kevin: Leadership is other people, Alan Kohler, ABC[/i] [b]My former boss at The Australian, Paul Kelly[/b], wrote on Saturday: "The government is being suffocated. http://www.abc.net.au:80/news/stories/2010/06/14/2926133.htm?WT.mc_id=newsmail [i]What Kevin Rudd should learn from Ben Chifley, Mark Rolfe, Unleashed[/i] a Coalition that wants to paint the end of the Australian economy and Clive Palmer who is desperate to channel the rhetoric of the 1940s. http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2926728.htm [i]MPs want mining tax quick fix, ABC[/i] Labor MPs who are back in Canberra today say they do not want to walk away with the issue still hanging over them. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/15/2926810.htm

Lyn

15/06/2010Hi Ad Sorry Ad, the Abc is picking on me again. All four links going to ABC main page.

Sally

15/06/2010Good morning Lyn, A little piece that is running up against Marieke Hardy's on The Drum/Unleashed. Given the author its content is predictable but an interesting editorial decision. Is this called balance? http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2926701.htm

Michael

15/06/2010Somehow the Australian moderators overlooked my weekend replies to van Onselen: "A leadership change any time before the election would gift the election to the Opposition. Get a grip, Peter, you're not in the sandpit anymore." and Milne: "Science fiction and mischievousness beyond commonsense in one article. Very impressive - I'm sure your mirror concurred." So, rather than have them 'lost' on my own computer, I present them here for a readership both wider and deeper than the two gentlemen addressed.

janice

15/06/2010Michael, I used to get my comments through on occasions but now only manage to be accepted by JTI. Sometimes I wonder whether the comments that appear on Van Onselen, Milne and Shanahan et al are written by members of their office staff.

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15/06/2010LYN'S DAILY LINKS updated: http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/page/Lyns-Daily-Links.aspx Lyn All ABC links working.

Bushfire Bill

15/06/2010[i]"The media will use polling data that its outlets generate to prosecute its case for dismissing a PM and installing another. Such data are powerful if used as a heavy weapon to diminish an incumbent, and will be used relentlessly until the desired outcome is achieved.[/i]" To this would add the following... [i]"All major decisions - e.g. rumoured party room spills, compeltion of negotiations with large vested interests etc. - must be taken in synchronization with the weekend polls so that the media can immediately blame said decisions for any falls in polling results. However**, the media reserve the right to accuse the Prime Minister of shamelessly pandering to the polls when any decision is made after Wednesday and announced before Saturday, but only if that decision is likely to be a popular one***. (**Note 1: as there are polls every week, from many sources, only a particular organization's poll, e.g. Newspoll, Nielsen, is to be considered whenever charges of "shameless pandering to the polls" are under consideration). ***Note 2: Nothing in this section shall render any media organizations liable for counter-charges of "shameless pandering". It is to be assumed that all media organizations are professional and run no anti-government agendas. Any apparent "shameless pandering" by journalists seeking to weaken the Prime Minister shall be deemed to be purely co-incidental and the product of fevered conspiracy theories by grubby bloggers, who don't understand the reality of politics.)"[/i] (Source: Peter van Onselen, Weekend Australian (web site), Monday June 14th, 2010; Glenn Milne [i]op cit[/i])

Lyn

15/06/2010Hi Bushfire Bill Gosh it's nice to see you this morning,with your wonderful comments and pieces you write for us. I hope you have been well. [quote]However**, the media reserve the right to accuse the Prime Minister of shamelessly pandering to the polls when any decision is made after Wednesday and announced before Saturday, but only if that decision is likely to be a popular one***.[/quote] Sad isn't it Bushfire Bill, catch 22 for our poor Prime Minister.

Hillbilly Skeleton

15/06/2010It's as plain as the nose on your face that comments are being 'shaped' by 'The Australian's blog editors(as a result of whose direction?), except for Jack the Insider, fiercely independant as ever as he seems to prefer both sides having a contest than following the Liberal Party/Murdoch line. Thank goodness as it's important to balance debate in the conservative field. Michael, might I suggest to you that if you want to comment on a blog site of 'The Australian' that's the place to go.

Rx

15/06/2010Good to see you back, BB. I thought you must've written us off. Keep fighting the good fight!

Lyn

15/06/2010Hi Sally Thankyou for the Marieke Hardy's piece , I did have it in today's links, but your link works, mine didn't. No Sally this editor's choice is not called balance, it's called suit the Agenda, kill Kevin Rudd quick. Ad has fixed those links for me now so yours would be posted.

Sally

15/06/2010Hi Lyn, It wasn't Marieke Hardy's piece. It was a link to Niki (groan) Savva's piece. I was trying to point to the juxtaposition which has now been made even more interesting in light of Luke Walladge's new and wonderful piece on The Drum. I've posted a comment on that with a key reference contained therein. cheers

Sally

15/06/2010Lyn Maybe I posted the wrong address? I had copied both. Here it is again: http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2926701.htm and Luke Walladge is here http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2927084.htm#comments

Lyn

15/06/2010Hi Sally No problems, thankyou for the links.

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15/06/2010HS Thank you for the link to the India story. This is one of the main reasons the miners are kicking up. They are scared that other countries will go down the Australia track. AC Neat headline. Sally As you will know, Niki Savva was a Canberra Press Gallery journalist and then worked for Peter Costello and John Howard, and so the slant of her piece is not surprising. She is trying to re-establish herself as a regular journalist after writing her book: [i]So Greek confessions of a conservative leftie[/i]. We can expect more anti-Rudd pieces from her. Michael Thank you for sharing your comments that were not posted by [i]The Oz[/i]. I wonder whether its moderation policy is to edit out most contrary views. If janice is right in suspecting that some comments on some blogs are written by Oz office staff, that would make them a charade. BB A pertinent addition. I bet [i]The Oz[/i] would have preferred [i]Newspoll[/i] to be coming out today after the furore of last week, but even News Limited can’t beat a long weekend. If this week turns out to be a better week for Kevin Rudd and the Government and that is reflected in the poll, Dennis Shanahan will be spitting chips. Lyn, Sally I’ve added Niki Savva’s piece [i]What the heck has happened to Kevin Rudd?[/i] http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2926701.htm and Luke Walladge’s piece[i]Labor faces another Latham moment[/i] http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2927084.htm to LYN’S DAILY LINKS after Marieke Hardy’s piece.

NormanK

15/06/2010Off The Record, Right? Newsreader - Welcome to Seven’s Midday News. Today Channel Seven can reveal what our leaders are really thinking on the main issues dominating the election campaign. We have obtained EXCLUSIVE Channel 9 audio from a Green Room conversation between the three leaders prior to last night's Election Debate. After testing his equipment and recording background footage of the leaders as they prepared for the live debate, Nine’s cameraman accidentally left a microphone "open" sending signal to their Outside Broadcasting Van. An oversight by one of their junior technicians, who was busy texting her boyfriend about last night’s Big Night In, means the conversation was recorded providing us with a rare insight into the psyches of Australia's leading politicians. Also present was Nine’s chief political correspondent on her coffee break. Cameraman - Right. Well that’s all set. The camera’s off. Journalist - Good. Do you guys mind if I have the blueberry muffin? Bob Brown - No. Help yourself. Kevin Rudd - Of course, feel free. Tony Abbott - Sure sweetheart. A dollar fifty. Journalist - What? Bob - Don’t mind him, dear. Party contributions are a bit down since Clive spat the dummy. Kevin - You don’t think that was a bit sexist, do you Tony? Tony - What? Should I have asked her for a kiss? Don’t you worry about me, 07. My budgie does alright! (Manly chuckle). Kevin - (Sigh) So that thing’s switched off, right? Cameraman - Sure. Sure. Gospel. Tony - (Unintelligible grunt) Kevin - Do you gentlemen mind if we do a line-run? I’m pretty nervous and it is Opening Night after all. Tony - Whatever. F**ken wimp. (Manly laugh). Bob - Good idea Kevin. Kevin - Okay. Our aging population. Tony - F**ken hurry up and die - useless old f**ts. Sooner they’re gone the more pension money we save. (Sotto voce) So ya reckon she’s a goer do you Kev? Kevin - (Sigh) Thanks for that Tony. We, the government, have instigated many significant measures to address this ever-growing problem going forward. Bob? Bob - The Greens are prepared to offer in-principle support to the ALP reforms however we don’t feel that they go far enough and will seek to amend them in the Senate. Kevin - Thanks Bob. Border protection. Asylum seekers. Tony - Asylum seekers - nike sneakers! Sink the lot of ‘ em - c**ksuckers! Sorry Bob. Search their vessels for hazardous materials which might threaten our pristine waters and endanger wildlife and THEN sink the f**ken lot of ‘em! Parasites! Terrorists! (Sotto voce) She looks a bit fat to me, mate. Kevin - (Sigh) This government will continue to be tough but fair in our dealings with these individuals who are less fortunate than ourselves and find themselves in desperate circumstances. Bob - The Greens are prepared to offer in-principle support to the ALP reforms however we don’t feel that they go far enough and would seek ............. Kevin - Thanks Bob. Climate change. Tony - Crap! We’ll plant some trees. Should be good for the koalas too. And woodchips. (Sotto voce) I still wouldn’t say no though, you know. Kevin - (Heavy sigh) The Labor party has long-standing views on this topic and would seek to re-introduce ETS legislation if returned to government. Bob - The Greens are prepared to offer in-principle support to the ALP reforms however we don’t feel that they go ............ Kevin - Thanks Bob. Journalist - Would anyone like a danish? No? Well. I might just have a little one. Kevin - Health care. Tony - Elective surgery smurgery! F**k ‘em. Hip replacements and f**ken cancer treatments. They’re a drain on the economy. Send ‘em out to work in the mines! Bludgers ! But I suppose you want to play doctors and nurses, eh Kevvie. (Dirty laugh) Kevin - This government has instigated the greatest reform to health care since the introduction of Medicare. Bob - The Greens are prepared to offer in-principle support to the ALP reforms .......... Kevin - Thanks Bob. Paid parental leave. Journalist - Sluuuurp. Tony - (Sotto voce) God that’s sexy. DOWN Budgie. Now there’s something we can agree on. The more women who get themselves knocked up, the less there are ‘round my office whining about equal pay and gay bloody pandas.(Sotto voce) Hey Kev, do you reckon Julie Bishop ...... Kevin - Eerrgghh ! (Sounds of spitting) The Labor Party has a very generous fully-budgeted PPL which will add considerably to our economy and provide greater flexibility to working families. Bob - The Greens are prepared to offer in-principle support .......... Kevin - Thanks Bob. The Resources Super Profits Tax. Tony - The Great Big New Tax on everything!! (Maniacal laugh) Absolutely f**ken stupid. (Less convincing maniacal laugh) I don’t know how you talked those gutless f**kers into accepting it. F**ken goose (splutter) golden eggs (foam) knife (fume) throat (unintelligible foam) ruin (froth) millions in donations (mild surf). You’re a pr**k, Rudd, an absolute pr**k! Kevin - Tony, can I just say, I think it might be propitious at this juncture if you emulate the philophthalmus megalurus at the soonest opportunity. Cameraman - What? Journalist - What? Tony - F**ken what? Bob - Oh dear. Tony - What? Journalist - (burp) Yeah what? Bob - The philophthalmus megalurus is a worm which can, purportedly, under the right circumstances ............ er .............. um ................... self-fertilize. Cameraman - What? Journalist - What? Tony - F**ken what? Bob - If I may descend into the vernacular, (aside) sorry Kevin. I think the Prime Minister is suggesting you .............. um ................. you ....... go f**k yourself, Tony. Cameraman - What? Journalist - (choking) What? Tony - F**ken what? Mr Sheen! Mr Sheen is telling IRON MAN to ........... Kevin - Could I just add, only if conditions are advantageous and there is a climate of reciprocity prevailing. Cameraman - What? Journalist - What? Tony - F**ken what? Bob - Oh dear. Tony - Out with it you brown green yellow faggot. Bob - I think what Kevin is saying, Tony, and I have no wish to put words into his mouth - (aside) like he needs them - but I believe he is suggesting that you ........ well ....... (gently) you should do it only if you are in the mood. Tony - F**ken what! Journalist - Oh dear. Cameraman - (Sotto voce) Ooh man, are you getting all this s**t? Journalist - (Around a mouthful of cream bun) Who are you talking to? Cameraman - (Sotto voce) Ssshhh. Kevin - Can I just ask what you two are talking about? Cameraman - Nothing, mate. We were just arguing about that last custard slice. See I’ve got a refugee in the back shed at home who would just love ...... Kevin - That camera is off, isn’t it? Cameraman - Yes, Prime Minister. Tony - (Nearer) It is off, right? Cameraman - Yes ............. well ........ yes. Tony - (Nearer) Right? Cameraman - Yeah ............. well .......... maybe ................ no ............. but ....... but .............. but ..... Tony - (Nearer) Are you takin’ the piss, boy? Cameraman - NO SIR, but ....... but ..... you have to understand .......... ah s**t - okay ..................... the mic’s on...............F**K ! Journalist - (Spray of crumbs) What? Bob - What? Kevin - What? Tony - (Nearer) F**ken WHAT?? Kevin - These f**ckers are trying to ratf**k us. Bob - Now Kevin, you really must stop using that expression. Actually, I don’t think this is the right context for it. Historically ................ Kevin - Shut the f**k up Bob, you snivelling purist f**king (splutter) ETS (foam) (unintelligible) (unintelligible foam) (unintelligible foam splutter) a***hole! Journalist - (Sotto voce) Gotcha. Come to mama. Tony - I thought we had an agreement you shifty ore-lifting ........... Cameraman - Yeah, well. Not in writing, eh mate? Kevin - This is an unconscionable breach of trust. You WILL be hung. Cameraman - (Splutter) freedom of (splutter) right to know (splutter) public interest (splutter) Rupert (splutter) sorry Tony (splutter) maaaaate. Love the togs. Bob - The Greens are prepared to offer in-principle support for freedom of the press .............. Kevin & Tony - SHUT THE F**K UP BOB !!! Kevin - Sic him Iron Man. (Unmanly titter) Journalist - Yuuuummm. Cameraman - Oy, wingnut, get the f**k away from my camera ! Newsreader - We’’ll have to stop the tape there. Doctors reported earlier today that the windsock on the microphone almost certainly saved the cameraman’s life and he is recovering well in hospital after extensive surgery. The audio technician is receiving treatment for shock and has signed a lucrative contract with Seven. Nine’s senior political correspondent DID get the custard slice. Coming up after the break - Are Australians swearing more and is Kevin Rudd to blame? Also - Jessica Watson’s mid-ocean tryst. One dolphin’s torrid tales of lust on the high seas.

Sally

15/06/2010NormanK I'm so jealous! Between you and AC who needs a comedy show? Are you one and the same person or just two incredibly talented bloggers on the best site around? Thanks for making my day/s.

janice

15/06/2010Great bit of comedy there NormanK. Thanks. I posted a list of the Rudd Government's achievements this morning, (courtesy of Zoomster over at Poll Bludger). over at JTI's blog. Don't know what's happened but the silence over there is deafening since my post was published at 9.28am. I wonder if they're thinking about the achievements or thinking up suitable responses to discredit it.

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15/06/2010NormanK Now we have two satirists! Most of all I liked your take on Bob Brown. janice Are you able to post the achievements here for the record?

Lyn

15/06/2010Hi Norman K Thankyou for the enjoyment , you are very talented.

nasking

15/06/2010Absolutely superb Ad astra. Well said. [quote]The interviewer’s ego has to be protected and his need for a scoop respected.[/quote] Ohhh yes, gawd forbid they aren't treated like kings of their kingdom. Scoop must be handed to them on golden platter. This is such a valuable piece. I intend to comment more over the next few days. N'

nasking

15/06/2010My new post over at Cafe Whispers: [quote]Barnaby hearts Rudd’s poison [/quote] http://cafewhispers.wordpress.com/2010/06/15/barnaby-hearts-rudds-poison/ [u]I’m going to enjoy watching the oft flushed face Barnaby turn a greater shade of crimson when he has to listen to Kevin Rudd’s victory speech at the end of this year.[/u] Enjoy! :) N'...back later. Keep up the great work Political Sword. And links Lyn.

janice

15/06/2010Ad Astra, the Achievements list courtesy Zoomster's Poll Bludger post: [quote]* Clean Energy initiative introduced to accelerate development of clean energy technologies * Renewable Energy target of 20% by 2020 * Major reform of health system, with increased health funding introduced * Abolished WorkChoices * Increased pensions, and overhauled pension payment system * Raised child care rebate to 50% * Introduced tax rebate for children’s education expenses * Introduced free dental checks for teenagers * Fully funded parental leave scheme * National curriculum for schools * My School website * Unprecedented upgrade of school infrastructure * Major tax cuts for those on average incomes * Decisive action on GFC, estimated at saving 200,000 jobs and avoiding recession * Massive increase in infrastructure spending * Commenced roll out of National Broadband Network * Ongoing roll out of computers in schools program * Over 1 million homes insulated, industry regulated * Investment in improving teacher quality, countering educational disadvantage and improving literacy and numeracy * Abolished full fee university places, provided funding for another 11,000 tertiary places * Reformed HECs * Reformed Youth Allowance * Tackling the problem of homelessness, including the building and renovation of homes for disabled and those on low incomes. * Reduced commitment in Iraq * Apologies to the Stolen Generation and British child migrants * Ratified Kyoto * Introduced alcopops tax to tackled youth binge drinking * Simplified tax reporting for small business * Proposes to take Japan to the International Court to stop whaling; * Increased number of apprentices; * Increased trade training; * Set up trade training centres in schools; * Underwrote banks and Australians’ savings, keeping confidence high during GFC; * Removed TPVs and introduced other reforms to refugee treatment; * Introduced standards for early childhood education; * Funded cancer centres; * Built GP super clinics; * Increased overseas aid; * Provided long term planning for Defence; [/quote]

nasking

15/06/2010Superb janice superb. N'

Min

15/06/2010Ad Astra, a very enjoyable read. Hubby is a FIFO (fly in, fly out) and has also been Twiggy's driver. Hubby says that it's a big heap of cod's wallop. Twiggy is a nice bloke and all that but would sell his grandmother for sixpence. Is it a done deal? The mega miners try to bring down the government (Ref Clive Hamilton via yesterday's Age) and as a thank you Bob's yer uncle welcome back WorkChoices and 457 Visas.

janice

15/06/2010Thanks Nasking, but I wasn't the author of the list. However I am hoping it will get posted on all the r/wing blogs people can access - I find it impossible to even get a look-in over at the ABC Drum.

NormanK

15/06/2010AA Thanks for the kind words. The straight man is usually the hardest to write material for (the colourful ones write their own) but Senator Brown chips in. Unfortunately, the decision by the Greens in recent months to attack Labor could not be more cynical and self-serving. Granted, every party wants to increase their numbers but how do they justify to their faithful the prospect of a Conservative government and all of what that will mean to Green policy goals? More of the ETS rationale - better to have nothing if we can’t have purity. I always passively supported the Greens in the past because they were “more Labor than Labor” and could do little harm whilst in minority but now they’ve got my back up. We should give them “work experience” of trying to run the country their way for a month. Not a single thing would get done. I could only wish my depiction was the Green’s mantra instead of “this government is useless - vote for us, the party who will never be in a position of real influence (especially if Abbott gets up)”. Which he won’t.

left of the right & right of the left

15/06/2010to NormanK @ 12:01 PM brilliant - thanks you for the laugh :)

Augustus

15/06/2010Hi Ad Astra and all swordians It appears to me that there is becoming an obsession with the Rudd Govt. being a one term government, for no particular reason other than the MSM think they can do it, creating the news and not just reporting it. It reminds me of the twilight zone episode where a journalist could create actual news events by typing it on a typewriter and then being on the spot to report it to keep his credentials as a journalist. Ladies and Gentlemen "Welcome to the Twilight Zone" The Australian. I did notice last night on Q and A that when Helen Coonan started with her usual great big tax line the audience just went into a groan, I think people are beginning to get sick of hearing it.

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15/06/2010janice Thank you for the list which I’ve filed for future use. nasking Thank you for your link to the latest Café Whispers piece and for your kind comments and the link to [i]TPS[/i]. Cross linking is great way of extending the messages were are trying to spread.

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15/06/2010janice Thank you for the list which I’ve filed for future use. nasking Thank you for your link to the latest Café Whispers piece and for your kind comments and for the link to [i]TPS[/i]. Cross linking is great way of extending the messages were are trying to spread.

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15/06/2010Min Welcome to the [i]TPS[/i] family. We hope you will return often. Thank you for your comments, which are most interesting, coming as they do from an insider in the mining sector. Hopefully the public will gradually wake up to the misinformation being fed to them by the miners. You will be interested to know, as will others who comment here, that you are the 100th regular commenter on [i]The Political Sword[/i]. Lyn has been carefully keeping count, waiting for this day. Thank you Lyn. Although our stats tell us that we get many thousands of visitors each month to [i]TPS[/i] and the number is steadily growing, there are many fewer who leave a comment. So as number ONE HUNDRED we salute you and hope you will become one of the regular crew of commenters.

Graham Clements

15/06/2010One thing I think you left out was the media must always adopt the view of their owner in deciding who will be prime minister.

Sally

15/06/2010For ABC watch. Have a quick look at the Greg Barns (barrister and writer) article on the Andy Muirhead story and his take of the ABC response. http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2927032.htm This is truly nauseating behaviour by the ABC and is rightly condemned in this article. Comments closed due to 'legal reasons': presumably Andy M is doing something legally about the allegations. Also, if you have time, and out of interest, look at the quality of some of the comments on The Drum other political pieces today. If you have the time count the responses that have been posted and note their tenor, notably the difference between Niki Savva's article and Luke Walladge's article. Striking dissimilarity.

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15/06/2010Folks Essential Research today 51/49 down from 52/48 last week but the same as the week before. The poll was taken from 8 to 13 June that included the RSPT furore. The other questions are interesting. Read all about it here: http://blogs.crikey.com.au/pollbludger/files/2010/06/Essential-Report_150610.pdf

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15/06/2010Graham Clements Welcome to the [i]TPS[/i] family to you too. You are number 101. Please come often. You are absolutely right - it is the proprietor who lurks in the background who calls most of the shots. Murdoch's influence on the UK elections has been well documented. Cameron was his choice, and in this country it seems 'anyone but Rudd' is his choice, but that means Abbott.

nasking

15/06/2010"Persistent leadership speculation, which is a tried and true media method for destabilizing a leader the media wishes to replace, will be used unremittingly." Indeed Ad astra. And haven't we seen that fake Tango pushed by the "usual suspects" of late? Fortunately Julia Gillard is more interested in pushing the Labor reform agenda than attending "Let's Dance". Here's our media dancing of late: http://www.themanorvillemural.com/flushingclasses/SOO-IMAGES/dancing-clowns.gif Dance clowns dance. We're on to ya. N'

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15/06/2010Sally The Muirhead article has been added to ABC WATCH: http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/page/ABC-Watch.aspx The comparison of the two set of responses – to Savva’s and Wallagde’s pieces - illustrates that if you write an adverse piece about anyone, it will attract similar adverse comments, and vice versa. This is why those who comment on blogs like Andrew Bolt’s are almost universally negative about Kevin Rudd and the Government. But there’s more to it than that – the quality of comments on adverse pieces is not just negative, it is vitriolic and often ranting, lacking logic and repeating mindless mantras. They recite their boilerplate collection of Rudd’s misdemeanours endlessly – they are like obsessive collectors of Rudd’s faults and ‘mistakes’, and thrill at adding to their collection and showing it to others. We need to put together our collection of good things the Government has done, and repeat that endlessly on blogs and wherever we get a chance to comment. Just as Zoomster did on PB and replicated on [i]TPS[/i] by janice.

nasking

15/06/2010"that you are the 100th regular commenter on The Political Sword." Well done Political Sword. Ya deserve it. Quality. And congrats Min. :) N'

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15/06/2010nasking Thank you for your comment. The media shows how pathetic it is by fuelling the leadership speculation. The media gets worse by the day,

jimbo

15/06/2010now we have channel seven joining the news limited ratpack going by their so called reporting since this mornings sunrise through to tonights bulletin saying that the pm is on notice to fix the mining tax dispute on the basis of reports by onselen and milne,milne who thinks there is something wrong with the p.ms judgement,this clown who got drunk at a journalist conference then went on to assault a person,yeah milne lets talk about judgement yours to be precise moron.now we have an unsubstantiated report from seven that four people will be retrenched because extrata(again)are going to hold back on a project because of the rspt.when if ever are extrata going to get management that actually knows what the rspt is and how many people will be retrenched,i mean if they cant get these figures right then how can they argue anything on the rspt.oh and good on the msm ,news limited and the abc giving abbot the wingnut and his cronies another free day of questions on their policies and their budget in reply,i mean they only have to ask three ministers larry,curly and moe.

Acerbic Conehead

15/06/2010AA, apologies for not commenting on your thread until now. I’ve been up to my eyeballs with work (what’s new!) and am getting ready to go overseas in a couple of weeks. Yes, you’ve given a timely (and entertaining) warning of the dangers of allowing the media to be a player, rather than an observer and objective commentator. In fact, it strikes me as an attempt at political manipulation, something akin to the machinations of the bureaucracy, a scenario so well lampooned by the “Yes Minister” series. Lyn, thanks again for the very informative links you are posting. It is an essential service you provide for the readers of TPS. Everyone is eternally grateful to you for your efforts. NormanK, an excellent sketch, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Sounds like the poor cameraman got a few “butt, butt, butts” from Tones. Keep ‘em comin’. Janice, thanks for giving us Zoomster’s list from PB on Kev’s achievements. It reminded me of the Jewish freedom fighters in Monty Python’s “Life of Brian”: “but what have the Romans REALLY ever done for us?”

Lyn

15/06/2010Hi Everybody A big congratulations and welcome to Min, for being the number 100th commenter on "The Political Sword" Min your comment 2.07pm. Thankyou for your comment, please keep coming back. You should see all the wonderful Gravatar's we have on here and yours Min, a lovely little Rozella bird, makes 100, I think it's just wonderful, The Political Sword has hit the big time clap, clap, clap. clap [b]Everybody [b]"three cheers[/b]" for Min, Ad Astra and "The Political Sword.[/b]

Lyn

15/06/2010Hi Acerbic Conehead Thankyou so much for your lovely comments. I hope you have a nice holiday overseas, but I really hope you are coming back, we need your contributions here on the Political Sword. Acerbic Conehead You make everyone smile, when sometimes, all the time lately,the MSM news just gets everybody down.

Lyn

15/06/20102[b][i]TODAY'S LINKS PART [/i][/b] [i]Essential Research: 51 -49 to Labor, William Bowe, The Poll bludger[/i] Liberals well ahead on immigration (41 per cent to 20 per cent) and Labor well ahead on “representing the interests of Australian working people” (42 per cent to 27 per cent), http://blogs.crikey.com.au/pollbludger/ [i]Don’t let the facts get in the way, Bernard keane, Crikey[/i] today’s effort from Matthew Stevens is particularly impressive. Stevens, married to BHP-Billiton corporate spinner Sam Evans, http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/06/15/dont-let-the-facts-get-in-the-way-part-75/ [i]Media Ramps Up Attacks On Rudd, Reb, Gutter Trash.[/i] The mainstream media are once again out in full force with relentless attacks against the Rudd Government. http://guttertrash.wordpress.com:80/2010/06/15/media-ramps-up-attacks-on-rudd/ [i]Why We Have to Save Kevin Rudd from Oblivion, Marko, Nuclear Security[/i] and Strategic Analyses. The issue here is not Rudd. I couldn’t care less about Rudd. The issue is the real people all around Australia who will suffer should Rudd lose office. [b]Besides if Rudd were to be turfed now no group in Australia would be happier than the Murdoch press. The ALP should not allow the leadership of the party to be determined in the offices of Rupert Murdoch’s minions.[/b] http://scisec.net/?p=414 [i]GUEST POST BY MR DENMORE: THE FAILED ESTATE 1V - FOR WHOM THE POLL TOLLS[/i] we see The Australian dictating that the future of Rudd’s prime ministership hangs on its next Newspoll. Being so influential with such little investment is a sweet result for a margin-squeezed news organisation looking for a new reason to exist. http://larvatusprodeo.net/2010/06/15/guest-post-by-mr-denmore-the-failed-estate-iv-for-whom-the-poll-tolls/

Daisey May

15/06/2010This may be a long shot but in light of the fact that bloggers here have voiced strong opposition to the Murdoch empire then allow me to make a suggestion. The only way to truly hurt tyrants is to hit them in the hip pocket. For the past two months I have weaned myself off looking at any News Ltd sites and refuse to give them my clicks. I'm also refusing to click onto any links that will give News ltd a graph to show to advertisers. There are now just over 100 posters here with many other readers and if we can convince 10 of our friends to withold their clicks and they can convince 10 of theirs etc then perhaps we can effect some sort of change. It's a long shot I know but I'm sure that if all the collected blog sites on Blogwatch were roped in then a campaign may start to snowball. It is David and Goliath stuff I know but look what happened to Goliath in the end.

Acerbic Conehead

15/06/2010Lyn, no worries, I won't be going for a couple of weeks and will return at the end of July.

Min

15/06/2010And Min takes a bow. Twenty five emails later I finally received the news. Friends from over at Cafe Whispers kept emailing telling me You've won! The last time that I won anything was a bride doll at the church raffle in Hawthorn circa 1956! Re gravatar, it's a rainbow lorikeet..photo in the garden. Acerbic, I think that I remember you from either Matty or Tim's blog. I was Min oF Billinudgel.

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15/06/2010LYN'S DAILY LINKS updated: http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/page/Lyns-Daily-Links.aspx

Acerbic Conehead

15/06/2010Hi Min, great to hear from you again. Yes, those were great days in '07 when the good fight was being fought. Looks like we will have to do it again, but maintain the faith as justice and truth will always win through. Hope to see more of you here at TPS, it's a wonderful place to meet really nice people.

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15/06/2010jimbo We’re witnessing a gross example of the ‘pecked chook syndrome’ – everyone is having a go at Kevin Rudd – they’re competing to see who can peck hardest and most often. But look at what they say – the same old hogwash that each commentator repeats mindlessly. No originality, no new angles – just peck, peck, peck – the more blood the better. I see even the ABC’s Chris Uhlmann has joined the pecking chooks. It really is a sad commentary on the state of our media. Ignore it, as Kevin is. AC Good to see you back with your acerbic comments – we wish you a great time overseas. Daisey May I’ve given up looking at the MSM except for the links Lyn provides. The only purpose in reading it is to see what nonsense it’s perpetrating. Min You’ve become an instant celebrity. We hope you will enjoy being part of the ever-growing and very congenial [i]TPS[/i] family. Folks I’m off to watch [i]Lateline[/i] – I wonder what searing insights we’ll see there tonight?

Lyn

15/06/2010HI AD [b]HERE IS GROG ON QUESTION TIME TODAY. GROG YOU HAVE EXCELLED IF THAT IS POSSIBLE, YOUR PIECE IS ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS. UNBELIEVABLY, ENJOYABLE[/b] [i]On the Qt: Bloomsday Edition,GROG, GROGS GAMUT[/i] I damned near wanted to put my eye out with my pen when I caught sight of Julie Bishop on the opposite benches waiting for the proceedings to begin. http://grogsgamut.blogspot.com/

NormanK

15/06/2010Hello all It's late but I had to dash off something. As a budding student of media watching, I have been trying to get my head around this concept of narrative. It would seem that there is more than one version - hence my confusion. The lightbulb popped on while watching the 7.30 Report tonight discussing the political maneuverings of the day. I might try to dig up a transcript tomorrow because it belongs in the Media 101 lecture notes as a definition of one type of "journalistic narrative". Despite the events of the day concerning the ALP unfolding contrary to the theme of recent weeks, the reporter still insisted on massaging the facts in front of her to fit the mold. It was astonishing and seemed to cause her pain. It was as though she had written the bulk of her piece over breakfast and found herself having to squeeze the facts into the spaces she had left for leadership challenge and caucus disunity and RSPT backdowns. I could almost hear her saying, literally, "Don't they (the ALP) understand what we are telling them? This isn't how the story unfolds! Get back on track and start squabbling." Astonishing.

Hillbilly Skeleton

15/06/2010Lateline reinforcing the Coalition's message again.

Min

15/06/2010You can thank Lyn plus Nasking from Cafe Whispers. It's wonderful to know that there are still people out there who haven't been sucked in by the Media is The Message. I was getting to the stage that the tellie was in severe danger of the brick treatment. And it's not only what they say, eg Abbott says that Rudd is in danger of...(insert latest), says the commentator. Commentator #2: Yes it would seem so. And complete with smug asides and eye rolling.

Hillbilly Skeleton

15/06/2010This is from today's 'Tips and Rumours' section over at Crikey: Who hates the mining tax? You can get on the telly... Here's an email from Jessie Cooke, an organiser in the Newcastle Uni Mining Club (yep, there is such a thing). She also runs the student chapter of AusIMS (the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, which controls the course content of the geology course and has made submissions denying climate change to the CPRS and the Garnaut Review). I have been asked to forward on an email concerning the Government’s proposed Super Tax. MCA is looking for people willing to appear in advertising commercial explaining how they will be affected by the tax. This will take place this Friday. If you’re interested I will forward your details on to Kate Cunningham. Following is a description of what they’re after. Cheers, Jess Plush Films have been asked to film a series of television commercials showing how this proposed new mining tax will affect not only the mining industry and the people it employs, but also the industries and people indirectly employed through mining. I want to find the most people that would be happy to either: 1. Read the script in entirety for a 30 second spot. 2. Read a line that is part of a 90 second script, that might be something like: "...long term damage to the communities, families...." or "....investment and industries that do so much for this country.....""....Hurt mining and you're hurting Australia....." ".....Thank you...."and/or perhaps just be included in another spot: 3. Just say their name e.g. " Kate Cunningham, Secretary, Leichhardt" and this would be included in a commercial that has a professional voice over artist delivering the script. I'm looking for all sorts of people and situations....Families....engineers in mining or site office environs......big caterpillar trucks......communities......all sorts people and places that will be impacted by the trickle down effect of this tax. Kind regards, Kate Cunningham * Sickening, huh?

Lyn

15/06/2010Hi Hillbilly Sickening huh, I agree Peter Martin was talking about the TV Ads today, here it is: [i]Want to be on tv? Just say you hate the MINING TAX, Peter Martin[/i]....."" ....Hurt mining and you're hurting Australia....." http://petermartin.blogspot.com/

Hillbilly Skeleton

15/06/2010Does Leigh Sales think she is the Rudd government's mother, or their Headmistress? She is treating Anthony Albanese, a Minister of the Crown, like a naughty little schoolboy. I also wish she would stop cutting in to the answers with bitchy retorts and further harping criticisms! Interpolating the polls to craft a negative narrative is also poor journalism. However, it seems as if a feeding frenzy has been unleashed with the Rudd government as the prey that the Canberra Press Gallery are hunting,ever since they got a taste of the PM's blood in their throats after they had connived to force his mea culpa over the ETS earlier this year. Of course it will all die down if they achieve their aim of manipulating the Australian Public into electing a clearly unsuitable Coalition to government in Canberra(I mean the LNP are imploding in Queensland! Yet these are the same 2 parties that are fit to govern nationally?). I just don't want to go back to the situation again where the media simply exist to scratch the Coalition's back as they enact draconian legislation.

Lyn

15/06/2010Hi Hillbilly Miss Prissy even had the hide to ask Anthony Albanese, why they keep bringing up Julia taking over. Did you hear Anthony say, because Leigh, when we are asked a question we answer.

Hillbilly Skeleton

15/06/2010lyn, The problem as I see it is that Tony Abbott and the Coalition are getting a free ride to the election. Of course we know that whenever the blowtorch is applied to the belly of Mr Abbott he has a meltdown and goes to water. Where were the questions today directed towards the Coalition about the implosion of the LNP in Queensland? Where has been the serious analysis of their economiic agenda, as evidenced in their Budget-In-Reply.? Has anyone thought to make the connection between the Business Council of Australia's comment today that a Paid Parental Leave Scheme will lead to companies being less likely to hire women? Ipso facto, wouldn't Tony Abbott's more generous scheme thus lead to an even greater calamity? I didn't hear any of the smart aleck journalists at Parliament House in Canberra today ask them that..."Excuse me Mr Abbott. Isn't it true that, as the BCA has said today, Paid Parental Leave Schemes lead companies to consider hiring less women? If so, as your scheme is more generous to women, doesn't that mean that it will cause business to hire even less women?" But no, we get Latika M.Bourke, legend in her Pork Pie hat and gaudy striped shirt, yelling a question at the Prime Minister, "Is it true that your leadership is a shambles?" And, to top it off, she is heard manically cackling, in a hysterical Tony Abbott-like way, in the background when Ian MacLachlan makes his snide comment about Kevin Rudd needing to keep both eyes open at night now. This isn't journalism. This is verbal pack rape.

Lyn

16/06/2010Hi Hillbilly Phoney Tony goes to water, well he did call himself a whimp when being interviewed by Neil Mitchel on 3AW, because he couldn't answer a question. Some prize fighter eh! only brawn, not much of that either. [quote]But no, we get Latika M.Bourke, legend in her Pork Pie hat and gaudy striped shirt, yelling a question at the Prime Minister, "Is it true that your leadership is a shambles?" And, to top it off, she is heard manically cackling, in a hysterical Tony Abbott-like way,[/quote] I couldn't quite catch Kevin Rudd's reply to Bourke, but thought it was something her attire. The media push Clive Palmer under the carpet, and yes they ignore the LNP problem here is Queensland. Very little about the Mining Company donations to the Liberal party, which Hockey lied about on camera. Verbal Pack rape, your right Hillbilly.

Lyn

16/06/2010[b]TODAY'S LINKS[/b] [i]Palmer’s Porkies!. Reb, Gutter Trash[/i] “Nobody can find those projects because, frankly, we are of the view … those projects may never have existed.” http://guttertrash.wordpress.com:80/2010/06/15/palmers-porkies/ [i]How profitable is mining?,Possum Comitatus, Crikey[/i] for every noisy mining interest in Australia that walks away, there will, literally, be an army of mining investment and general investment lining up to take their place. http://blogs.crikey.com.au/pollytics/2010/06/15/how-profitable-is-mining/ [i]It’s time, Kevin, to pull your finger out, MUNGO MACCALLUM, CRIKEY[/i] Rudd’s old mate Twiggy Forrest has told the Prime Minister that this time the miners are serious, they’re not bluffing. http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/06/15/mungo-its-time-kevin-to-pull-your-finger-out/ [i]On the QT: Seven more to go? Grog. Grog's Gamut[/i] QT to start what many suggest will be the last sitting period before the election, meaning the next six QT’s could be our last till November – so enjoy them, you political tragic! http://grogsgamut.blogspot.com/2010/06/on-qt-seven-more-to-go.html [i]On the Qt: Bloomsday Edition,GROG, GROGS GAMUT[/i] I damned near wanted to put my eye out with my pen when I caught sight of Julie Bishop on the opposite benches waiting for the proceedings to begin. http://grogsgamut.blogspot.com/ [i]Shape up or ship out, PM. Or so the story goes …, Crikey[/i] Laura Tingle in the Australian Financial Review today points out the political reality of press gallery generated fairytales: http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/06/15/crikey-says-shape-up-or-ship-out-pm-or-so-the-story-goes/ [i]I do believe in miners, I do, I do, Dave Gaukroger , Pure Poison[/i]. However, unrestrained optimism is much more useful when all you really want to do is sledge people that you disagree with. http://blogs.crikey.com.au/purepoison/ [i]Rudd government to introduce an ETS based on consumption not production, Mark, Larvatus Prodeo.[/i] Despite the near absence of any reporting in Australian media, and its dissonance with the ‘narrative’, Copenhagen was not without result,http://larvatusprodeo.net/2010/06/15/rudd-government-to-introduce-an-ets-based-on-consumption-not-production [i]Want to be on tv? Just say you hate the MINING TAX, Peter Martin[/i] .....""....Hurt mining and you're hurting Australia....." http://petermartin.blogspot.com/ [i]Is Rudd Capable Of A Double Back-Flip?,Ben Eltham, New Matilda[/i] Tea Party protests. "It’s astroturf by some of the wealthiest people in America to keep the focus on tax cuts for the rich." Exactly the same thing is happening in Australia with the RSPT debate. http://newmatilda.com/2010/06/11/rudd-capable-double-backflip [i]whats wrong with the political process?,Gary Sauer-Thompson Public Opinion[/i] For the mainstream media the core problem is that Rudd is on the nose. http://www.sauer-thompson.com/archives/opinion/2010/06/whats-wrong-wit.php [i]From the doors: Fielding shoots, scores, Tiernan Kelly, The Stump[/i] The rambunctious Senator Barnaby Joyce got the ball downfield, deploying his preferred approach of reducing politics to marriages. “The electorate has left Mr Rudd even if he doesn’t realise the relationship is over,” he declared. http://blogs.crikey.com.au/thestump/ Labor faces another Latham moment, Luke Walladge, Unleashed the weight of history, not to mention common sense, tell us that Abbott cannot defeat Rudd. http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2927084.htm

Lyn

16/06/2010Hi Ad "Rel no follow" has got on Grog today, here is the link again: On the QT: Seven more to go? Grog. Grog's Gamut QT to start what many suggest will be the last sitting period before the election, meaning the next six QT’s could be our last till November – so enjoy them, you political tragic! http://grogsgamut.blogspot.com/2010/06/on-qt-seven-more-to-go.html

Hillbilly Skeleton

16/06/2010Peace of mind temporarily restored. Beaut Martin Ferguson interview by Sabra Lane just now on AM. He has such an earthy and eminently sensible way of putting things(as does Tony Abbott except for the fact that he makes no sense when you drill down into what he says). My favourite quote from the MF interview: "Those companies with skin in the game are talking to us and negotiations are proceeding." Sigh. It's still a Roller Coaster ride at the moment though, in general, and until the government can put the RSPT to bed.

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16/06/2010LYN'S DAILY LINKS updated: http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/page/Lyns-Daily-Links.aspx Lyn All links working.

Hillbilly Skeleton

16/06/2010This sober assessment of the current situation by Shaun Carney needs to be included in our daily links: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/labors-destructive-path-20100615-yd60.html That Roller Coaster keeps on going.

Lyn

16/06/2010[b]TODAY'S LINKS PART 2[/b] [i]Rudd on a baby kissing spree, Media Wrap, Crikey[/i] Rudd replied “Well that’s a point of language which you have used and used which is dramatically consistent with the dress which you have chosen today. http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/06/16/rudd-on-a-baby-kissing-spree/ [i]Why The Australian isn’t a great paper, Crikey[/i] Beecher may be right about The Australian’s self-obsession on some issues but he is wrong when he describes it is the country’s “best newspaper”. http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/06/15/why-the-australian-isnt-a-great-paper/ [i]How a conviction politician was reborn, The Piping Shrike[/i] It has been delicious watching the media interpret polls that would have led them to two highly unpalatable possible conclusions http://www.pipingshrike.com/2010/06/how-a-conviction-politician-was-reborn.html [i]Peanut Butter Stings Less Than Vegemite ,Darryl Mason, The Orstrahyun[/i] From Monday night's Q &A on your ABC (transcript slightly edited, corrected) :http://theorstrahyun.blogspot.com/2010/06/peanut-butter-stings-less-than-vegemite.html [i]Retrospectivity!, Dave Gaukroger, Pure Poison[/i] Not only is the ‘retrospectivity’ angle a silly argument, it makes the rest of your arguments seem stupider by association. http://blogs.crikey.com.au/purepoison/2010/06/15/retrospectivity/#more-6382 [i]Murdoch wants to take health care back to the 19th century, STOP MURDOCH[/i] Tell them what you think about the disgraceful state of the majority of Australia's print media and ask them what they're going to do about http://stopmurdoch.blogspot.com/ [i]Our Orwellian Future,JJ Fiasson, The Daily Bludge[/i]. There seems to be a trend in the West towards greater and greater infringements on our civil liberties. http://dailybludge.com.au/

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16/06/2010Folks As the file of LYN'S DAILY LINKS becomes very long by halfway through the month, I archive the first half at mid-month. You'll find LYN'S DAILY LINKS for the first half of June on a page LYN'S LINKS JUNE 2010 under 'site pages' in the right panel. http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/page/LYNS-LINKS-JUNE.aspx

Lyn

16/06/2010Hi Ad A link to our favorite [b]Cafe Whispers,[/b] for lovely latte & nice chat: [i]Th!nk3: Developing World, Renniek, CAFE WHISPERS[/i] I’ve cracked the minimum 20 posts needed, but it’s too soon to pack my bags for the Big Apple. http://cafewhispers.wordpress.com/2010/06/15/thnk3-developing-world/

FFreddy

16/06/2010HS I to watched ( the end of ) Leigh Sales interview with Anthony Albanese and again we were insulted by the confected bewilderment of an ABC presenter ( I almost said journalist! ). " If all these things your govt. has done is so good why isn't the message getting through?" and " If there is absolutely no factual basis to a leadership challenge how is this story getting off the ground" were two examples of CB I managed to catch. Things are sooo bad at the ABC these days that I long for just an acknowledgment that 70% of our print media is owned by a partisan historically anti-Labor company and any analysis of its impact can hopefully come later. This interview reminded me of something that happened on ABC News breakfast quite a few months ago. Michael Gwenda, former editor of the Age, was on to review the days newspapers and he started by saying 'well The Australian has as usual led with the BER they do seem to have an agenda here'. Poor little Joe O'Brien almost wet his pants. He immediately interjected with a panicky "umm" "oh" 'but they do some very good stories". The panicky and desperate way in which JO almost looked as if he was obligated to defend the Australian was very telling. Next day Cameron Stewart from the Oz was on to review the papers and it was chummy smiles all round. Having said that when Leigh Sales asked her questions AA gave his equally frustrating stock answer which itself did not acknowledge any of the media landscape realities. I'm wondering if this is to do with ALP training or are there legal reasons for this as well. I have no legal or ALP background myself and would be interested if anyone here could enlighten me. I remember post-1996 Gorden Bilney ( ex-Labor MHR ) appeared on ~Stateline here in Adelaide and at one point made the rather innocuous statement that it was no surprise PJK was unpopular as every day in the papers he was being blamed for everything including the lack of rain. A short time later an apology appeared in the Adelaide Advertiser in which GB stated that in no way were his comments meant to reflect on the papers coverage. I'm presuming that he recieved a legal letter and looking at his parliamentary super thought it best that he bite his tongue and apologise. If someone can pass on anything it would be appreciated.

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16/06/2010LYN'S DAILY LINKS updated: http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/page/Lyns-Daily-Links.aspx

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16/06/2010FFreddy That was an appalling interview by Leigh Sales. My impression is that she is a gentle person but is being goaded into being assertive in her questioning by colleagues or bosses at OUR ABC who insist on dredging up inflammatory material full of conflict to match the rest of the media. So she comes up with confected aggression via the silly questions you quote. What does she expect as an answer to "If all these things your govt. has done is so good why isn't the message getting through?" and " If there is absolutely no factual basis to a leadership challenge how is this story getting off the ground"? Does she expect Anthony Albanese to say: "We must be incompetent as communicators." and "Well, yes there is a serious leadership challenge, but we're keeping it secret." It really is pathetic and sad as we see OUR ABC morphing into shadow of commercial TV. I don't know the answer to the legal issue you raise - but after seeing the way [i]The Oz[/i] recently pursued Victoria Police Commissioner Simon Overland over an episode now years old, nothing would surprise me along the lines you suggest.

NormanK

16/06/2010Well TPS - you’ve only got yourself to blame. I have been radicalised. This is a long post so if you are sick of my ramblings, scroll now. Last night’s ABC contributions to the political debate have now cemented my belief in what older and wiser heads have been pointing out here (and elsewhere) for a long time. Political bias in reporting is to be expected in a free society. So whilst I might rail against its more virulent forms, nevertheless I must accept it as part of our rights of free speech. After all, I don’t have to read/watch it. Media houses telling lies and fabricating stories is as old as time and, whilst it is reprehensible, it would be countered by reasonable fact-based argument if the climate was healthy. It is not at present and this is to be lamented. Rebuttal is not absent but it does have a smaller voice than the sensationlists. Media houses “leading” public discourse is a far far more invasive and dispicable activity. It took a day full of good news for the ALP to bring this leading by the press into sharp focus for me. If there had been bad jobs figures or a ‘mine closure’ or a niggling backbencher or a ‘senior Labor source’ advocating a leadership spill or an interest rate rise, the MSM could have continued on its merry way and I might have been none-the-wiser. In the abscence of bad news, Heather Ewart on the 7.30 Report found herself at a loss. I feared the transcript of her item would not be as telling as the actual report since it would be devoid of facial expressions and vocal inflection. In this regard, I am right but it is still worth a look. http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2010/s2927780.htm So lets have a squiz. Bracketed comments are mine. On-line banner: “With only two weeks left of Parliament (in this season - eight weeks for the year) there is limited time for the Prime Minister to resolve his damaging barney (emotive) with the mining industry over the new resources tax.” “When in strife, being seen with babies has been known to help, especially since the Senate is about to put through historic legislation for paid paternity leave. (and your point is?) But, never far away is a question like this: JOURNALIST: Why is your leadership in crisis? (why include this? its gossip).“ “Sometimes in politics things take on an almost uncontrollable life of their own (especially if left to lazy vindictive driven journalists), and in the past week, that's what's happened to this federal government (thanks to Murdoch’s press and the ABC). One shocking opinion poll after another for Labor leads to shocking newspaper headlines (or the other way around) (vision here would have contained predominantly News Ltd papers predicting doom and gloom. Gossip recycled as news on the ABC), and shocked caucus colleagues (name them) start to brief the media on their fears (quote them) that the Government could lose the next election.” “This comment by the Prime Minister last Friday on the state of negotiations on the resources tax appeared (conjecture) to add fuel to the fire (in your dreams Heather).” “By and large, nervous backbenchers (name them) and senior Government figures in marginal seats (name them or else it’s gossip) don't want it to take months. They want it fixed (who says it’s broken? the MSM) as soon as possible. And as they prepared for what could be the final sitting of Parliament before the next election, at least one from the west was prepared to say so, very carefully and deliberately. (disappointed it wasn’t more pointed Heather?)” “Seems clear enough, (yes, no need for a ‘but’) but (oh dear) not all of them are operating on the same page and as has been the case since the mining tax was announced, there's confusion (no confusion - they’re just not telling you) about just if, how much or when the Government will give ground (negotiating an outcome desirable to all parties is not ‘giving ground’. Apart from two key points, the government has not said ‘this is how it will be’ so there is no ground to give).” Nonsense about ‘contradicory time-frames’ followed. “What's more, the Prime Minister tried to suggest (what happened to ‘said’, ‘suggested’ or ‘intimated’? ‘tried’ implies failure) there was now at least some light at the end of the tunnel.” “The Government doesn't appear (because you haven’t found it?) to see a way out of it yet (says who? you?) and nor does the caucus (relevant quote here please). After days of noisy behind-the-scenes rumblings (state sources please otherwise it’s gossip), not one member criticised the Prime Minister's handling of the issue at today's caucus meeting (funny that) (perhaps that could have been the thrust of the story).” “Any hopes in Labor ranks (or the MSM) that she (Gillard) may change her mind (about challenging for leadership) amount to wishful thinking (on the part of the script-writers).” It is only my personal interpretation, but Ewart appeared angry, disappointed and personally affronted. Angry because the story she had slaved over at breakfast had to be re-drafted because these Labor fools can’t even follow a script. Disappointed because all of the hard work of previous days and weeks came to nought in the Caucus meeting. Personally affronted because she didn’t have insider knowledge of what is going on in the government. She and others have been locked out. This was followed by the Lateline nonsense covered by Ffreddy and Ad astra above. A further attempt to get the overarching story back on track. I would agree with Ffreddy that there must be a compelling reason for Albanese and company holding their fire. There must have been little demons bashing on the walls of Albanese’s brain crying “Let me out! Pick me, pick me”. What he tried to explain as an obsession by the MSM with ‘process’ over ‘substance’ is really saying that all you guys are interested in is gossip and beat-ups. Fancy trying to beat him over the head with the government’s success. The main reason the government is not ‘cutting through’ is because there is no longer a media house in Australia willing to deliver dispassionate factual journalism on serious and complex topics. Sales got bored when Albenese tried to turn discussion to bills to be tabled over the next two weeks. We're not interested in that. Woman’s Day rules. So, if I strap on my cordless keyboard and detonate myself in the News Ltd marketplace, TPS will have to share part of the blame. Sorry for such a long post but attitude-shifting moments are rare and grow rarer as we age. You’re absolutely right Swordians. They are not content with predicting the future, they are seeking to shape it.

Lyn

16/06/2010Hi Norman K You are brilliant, what a wonderful well thought out comment you have posted. very enjoyable. You see it as I do.

BH

16/06/2010"Twiggy is a nice bloke and all that but would sell his grandmother for sixpence." Min - I laughed at that but it's probably true that he'd have to - he needs heaps of dosh and is finding it hard to get by all accounts. Therein lies his argument with the PM. I've had a quick read around this morning and it seems that a lot of posters on blogs are complaining about the media bias. Will this make the journos take any notice? I hope so because the good ones will being tarred too if they let this feral nonsense go for too long.

Sally

16/06/2010Dear recent bloggers, This is plainly and simply a hijack. What do you do when someone hijacks a thing of immense global importance (in this case democracy and truth)? In my naive but reasonably historically informed analysis there would be a number of key strategic steps: 1. Rapidly assess the danger/s confronted in terms of loss of that thing (too obvious to go on further); 2. Equally rapidly use whatever reliable intelligence is available to determine the identity of the hijackers and the parent organisation (if any). That has been amply demonstrated in this case (viz the MSM, and in particular News Ltd and more recently the ABC); 3. Devise a counter-terrorism strategy. Hmmm, that may be happening via the blogosphere but I am not sure. The debate and polemical thrusts are great but to what effect ultimately? Is more ‘direct’ action required? How can we conceive of that? Others know more than me here and will hopefully contribute. Personally, I would love to see Macca’s K O’B interview scenario played out FREQUENTLY by high profile and highly skilled media managers like L Tanner etc; 4. Implement that strategy by using secret agents (I must re-read Stieg Larsson!). In other words, think about hidden IP addresses and emails, if the fight must be by the pen and by the populace, and not by the gov; 5. Spray the MSM with horrified and carefully constructed responses to this hijacking (currently being done but more needed). Over to you wise lot. Cheers

Min

16/06/2010BH..did I say that :) Hubby is a member of the CFMEU. I have only just come across this site (thankyou Lyn, Hillbilly and Nasking) and so not sure whether you've had this one mentioned. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4PcQfz0MfU&feature=player_embedded How true, equal pay for women was going to ruin us, superannuation was going to ruin us. This time it's true, it's going to ruin us!

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16/06/2010NormanK What an stylish commentary you’ve written on Heather Ewart’s contribution to the [i]7.30 Report[/i]. You highlight so elegantly the innuendo, the nasty implications, the factual deficits, and the flagrant bias in Ewart’s reporting. This is a disturbing pattern that is now afflicting much of the ABC. Leigh Sales is more benign in her approach, but nonetheless in the same attacking mode. Are these journalists under some pressure to perform in this way, or are they exercising what they suppose is journalistic freedom to do it their way, unrestricted by ABC policy? I suspect the former. BH The media bias is now so gross that reasonable people are bound to react to this perversion of our democracy. Sally Like you I feel frustrated about what we can do as a small voice set against the bellowing of the MSM. Your suggestions are worthy of consideration – let’s see what other [i]TPS[/i] visitors think. Min That is a delightful piece of satire. Today’s QT was not dissimilar with Opposition members all jumping up with quotes of doom, gloom and disaster from the miners and their compliant economists, all stingingly answered by Kevin Rudd armed with a vast array of facts and figures.

Lyn

16/06/2010Hi Ad I like this column, wonder what you think [i]Maintain rage at Howard's praetorian guard , Dennis Glover, The Australian[/i] [b]IN the past few weeks the Prime Minister has been hit at every turn. Taxation: whack. The environment: whack. Refugees: whack. His youthful office: whack. What happened to him in 1968: whack. What happened after dinner in Mackay: whack. Even his brother has had a swing: it was the unkindest whack of them all. Rudd-bashing is the fashion. It's becoming rather easy. And also, perhaps, a little cruel and distasteful.[/b]http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/maintain-rage-at-howards-praetorian-guard/story-e6frg6zo-1225880108643

john

16/06/2010Lyn, the column is good but the comments are exactly what you'd expect of the Australian.

Canbra Dave

16/06/2010On an episode of Q and A a few weeks ago Tony Jones asked Chris Bowen why all the ministers were saying the same line in regards to the 53-47 Newspoll - that if the poll result was repeated on election day Tony Abbott would be Prime Minister. Tony mocked Mr Bowen for them all giving the same response. Another piece on the Drum (by Barrie Cassidy?) said that they were all reading from the same script prepared by a "junior woodchuck" in the PM's media office. Mr Bowen responded that if they gave differing lines then the media would report them as being confused or contradictory. A few days after that Simon Crean gave an interview that implied that the government was trying to "compromise" with the mining industry. Then recently Gary Gray mentioned something about timelines that was slightly different to what the Prime Minister had said. The media both times reported them as dissenting and being contradictory to the government. The lesson being that the government can do no right. If they all give the same message then they're all robots. If they give even a slightly different message then there is confusion in the ranks. Thus spake the mainstream media.

NormanK

16/06/2010Just dropped a letter in Aunty's mailbox. "May I join the long list of viewers who are dismayed at the rapidly declining standard of journalism at the ABC. At present there is an anti-government, anti-Rudd slant which is very worrying. Now, before you dismiss me out-of-hand, let me say that I am calling for an even-handed approach to current affairs and news and not complaining because I might happen to be a Rudd supporter. Slam both parties, pull both party's policy agendas apart - inform us of what is going on. In recent months we have been treated to recycled gossip from The Australian presented to us as news. Whatever happened to researching your own stories? The following is my critique on Heather Ewart's item on the 7.30 Report on June 15th. Once again, do not misunderstand me. This is in no way an attack on Ms Ewart but should be seen as indicative of the ABC following narrative lines established by others and unsubstantiated by independent research." Inserted slightly edited critique here. "Lateline was no better. Please restore our confidence in Aunty's news and get the balance back and stop reading the Murdoch Press."

Lyn

16/06/2010Hi John Your'e right John, the commenters sound like they came straight from Bolt's page.

john

16/06/2010I just watched the Lateline interview. It's good to know Leigh Sales is just as shithouse as I remembered.

Rx

16/06/2010Anger about the rottenness of the ABC is brewing across the progressive blogosphere.

Michael

16/06/2010Watching the PM and government ministers run rings around the Opposition in today's Question Time was a clear lesson in how much superior the Government's personnel is to Tony Abbott's querulous crew. Led from the top, of course, with Abbott asking questions based on quotes against the RSPT made by parties way too interested in the tax system not changing - business 'leaders', I believe they are self-designated - as if one magic quote would bring the PM undone, he would immediately see the error of his ways, dump the tax, and walk his crew from one side of the chamber to the other so that the 'true' government of the country could take its rightful place. There is so much visible childishness in Opposition members' actions in Question Time, and so much infantile 'reasoning' in the questions they ask and the underpinning thinking that frames those questions, that they seem to believe clowning is the path to government. I can never get over the 'awe' with which Christopher Pyne stares upwards at Tony Abbott when the man is asking questions. It's as if he is undergoing some form of religious experience, except... casting back in memory, he gave the same adoration to the rears of Nelson and Turnbull, too. But watching the performance of the Opposition is merely diverting. The surgical precision with which the PM and his ministers reduce Opposition questions to expose their illogicality and very often fallacious content, and then respond to the kernel of relevance in the question with enough to wipe the questioner on the floor is not at all diverting - it is riveting. All voters should have to watch Question Times like today's. Nobody could fail to recognise that Labor is a government in operation, whereas the Opposition is going through nothing but third-rate vaudeville paces. After watching, I can't believe it would be possible for anyone to waste a vote on an Opposition that behaves in Parliament as this ones does, no matter what your political philosophy might be. Abbott and his crew are lightweights, self-pumped to ridiculous posing, and nothing of weight in them at all.

Snoozer289

16/06/2010Michael, I entirely agree with your comments. I was only thinking the same thing myself last night. Whilst I missed todays QT, I watched a number over the past months, I have been amazed at the childish and lack of quality of the questions that he opposition are asking. If the PM and Government was under the pressures that the MSM would like us to believe you wouldn't see it in the way the Government is disecting the opposition during QT. What I am more amased at is the lack of direction and attack for Tony Abbott, he appears to only ask 1 or 2 question and they are generally very weak and lacking conviction. I think QT is showing the Opposition is under a lot more pressure that what we are lead to belive,and I would npt be surprised to find out the the private polloing by both the Government and the opposition is a lot more different to what the MSM are rabbiting about. The Grog's commentary on QT is fantatsic reading, and if our MSM were true journalist there reports and commentaries would be a lot more reflective of how the Government is really performing compared to the Opposition. I have said this a number of times before, despite the negative bias (and most case agressive) commentary we are seeing from the MSM about the PM and Government, I believe the Government will prevail and be returned with an increase majority. This will not stop the MSM.

Lyn

16/06/2010Hi Michael Excellent comment, I love your perception of question time because it's exactly the same as mine. Yesterday and today, stupid questions by the opposition. [quote]can never get over the 'awe' with which Christopher Pyne stares upwards at Tony Abbott when the man is asking questions[/quote] Michael this look of 'awe', 'love' if you watch closely Julie Bishop does it too and Kelly O'Dwyer, the look Phoney Tony puts on, when Kevin Rudd is speaking is pure malice, honestly sometimes I think he wants to jump the dispatch box and bash Kevin Rudd. Snoozer 289 I agree with your comment wholeheartedly too. Thanks for the confidence where you say the Government will prevail, surely people can't vote Phoney Tony, honestly I tell myself it can't happen. Did you hear Kevin Rudd call Tones spineless today more than once, the look of death from Abbott.

Lyn

16/06/2010Hi Ad and Everybody Here is our favourite Grog, to sort out our thoughts on Question Time today. Thankyou Grog, Excellent as always. [i]On the Qt: A really bad attack, Grog, Grogs Gamut[/i] You’ll be shocked. I know, to hear that The Australian reported the project was not value for money – comparing it unfavourably with a nearby McDonalds (why you would compare them I have no freaking idea). http://grogsgamut.blogspot.com/

Snoozer289

16/06/2010Lyn, I caught the very very short snippets on the news tonight, more highlight on the Oppoositions questions rather tha the PM response (what would you expect). Talking about the evil eye, I don't know if anybody has notice the look the Phoney Tony has when the Camera's are on him during the Friday Today Show with Gillard. It is a very supscious look as though he is worried that the camera may catch him out. I will continue to says this, i think Phoney is more worried about his image and the public perception than we are lead to belive., He has said very little in the past 2-3 weeks, and I think he is and the Lib's are really afraid, knowing he is unelectable, and when he is seen or speaks in public he continue to be a thrat to the Libs vote. Phoney Toney will always be the biggest threat to the Libs and this is why the MSM are going after Kevin Rubb to try and dissatablise the Government and Rudd himself. The problem for the MSM it is not working, the PM and the Government are not responding the way the MSM expected or wanted, so their attacks are becoming more reckless, to the point that I believe that the majority of the public are over it, and will make up their mind when it counts.

Snoozer289

16/06/2010Great Comments from Grog again tonight with rgeards to todays QT. It just confirms my view that the Opposition are weak, talentness and under more pressure to persuade the community to back them as an alternative Government. Great job as usual Grog, like TPS, I look forward to your contributions, they are very in sightful. http://grogsgamut.blogspot.com/

gusface

16/06/2010Hi Lyn unfortunately i dont have the techincal knowhow as to doing podcast and internet radio Perhaps you and Ad could enlist someone help to either embed (ie link) to certain podcasts Ultimatly Radio political sword would great I would be happy to do some of the podcasts :)

john

16/06/2010I was wondering today whether what the media says actually matters. I mean, they attacked Kevin Rudd endlessly before the 2007 election, and ever since it, but no matter how many 'the honeymoon is over' stories they wrote, he stayed with very high approval ratings. The polls began to become closer when the govt. started making bad policy decisions, like stopping the excellent, and maligned, insulation scheme, and shelving the ETS, which might look like cancelling to people less involved in the political process. Maybe people are cleverer than the media give them credit for? Or maybe by spending so much time thinking about the media we attribute it more influence than it actually has. But that's just an idea.

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16/06/2010Folks Thank you all for your comments. I agree particularly with those about QT. The Government is clearly governing and the Opposition is a pathetic sight. Even its attempts to be organized is pitiable. I'll be on the road early tomorrow and will not be at my computer until the afternoon. Then I'll post the piece I've been working on today 'Who cares about the next Newspoll result? Goodnight.

Lyn

16/06/2010Hi Gusface Glad to see my furry little friend tonight. Thankyou for your reply, Ad might answer in a little while. I guess it would depend on the system The Political Sword uses, and the spare time available to Ad.

Lyn

16/06/2010Hi Snoozer 289 I glanced at this column today in The National Times, sounds genuine but I am not convinced, I agree with "On trial for everything" though. On Trial for Everything is there any one defending Rudd? Bella Counihan, National Times Indeed, it's very hard to find anyone in the public arena sticking up for the PM, but the Goanna has searched high and low and come up with the few voices that are defending Rudd http://www.nationaltimes.com.au/opinion/politics/on-trial-for-everything--is-there-any-one-defending-rudd-20100616-ye2s.html

Grog

16/06/2010Cheers for your comments Lyn on my Bloomsday On the QT blogpost. It was a bit self indulgent, but fun to write. And hopefully not too incomprehensible for those not Ulysses lovers.

Lyn

16/06/2010Hi Grog Your Bloomsday piece made my day. You said fun to write "great big" (term of the year) fun to read, I enjoyed every word.

Daisey May

16/06/2010I just saw a comment from the wonderful Mr Denmore on PB alluding to the daily readership of the Australian as being 125,000. Can anyone confirm if this is actually true? If it is then it is truly laughable and even worse than I imagined. I knew that the toe rag de jour was losing money hand over fist but this is delicious. I now see why the ferocious and confected panic is being driven by its journalists. The panic is entirely within its own ranks and Fairfax for one is beginning to sniff it. Wouldn't it be wonderful to see the actual sales figures of all Murdochs putrid papers made public? My guess is that sales are so bad and the tangible fear of going down the gurgler has exacerbated their primal fear of the ALP and good reportage in general. This is a global giant out of control, out of touch and well beyond its use by date. In my lifetime it will fall and fall hard and the applause will be universal. You simply cannot oppress the people of any country for any extended period of time and expect those people to like you. Rupert Murdoch will go down in history as a meglomoniacal despot with ideas above his station

Lyn

16/06/2010Hi Daisy May I did read that figure, I think it was on one of Mr Denmore's Links: larvatusprodeo.net/.../

Lyn

16/06/2010Daisey May Here is the proper link: http://larvatusprodeo.net/2010/06/15/guest-post-by-mr-denmore-the-failed-estate-iv-for-whom-the-poll-tolls/

Hillbilly Skeleton

16/06/2010I've said it before, and I'll say it again, they should name a Grandstand at the SCG after Tony Abbott. That's all he does all day, grandstand for the media's cameras and the radio's microphones like a performing seal, day in, day out. Certainly, on the rare occasion when he tries some policy out, it falls flat as a pancake. No wonder the real people that are running the Coalition show are keeping him in his box for the most part at this point in time, obviously thinking that if they only present a part of Tony to the electorate that they might be able to hoodwink them into voting for the bunch of losers. I'd hazard a guess that the ever-reliable retainer, Tony O'Leary is writing the QT script. It seems all of a piece every day, and talks loud, without sayin' nothing, just like a high-class journalist for hire would do. Which is what he is, an old Howard trusty. All I can say is that Murdoch must have extracted a massive quid pro quo from Phoney when he met him earlier this year. Probably the takeover(or, in the Orwelllian-speak of the global kleptocracy, 'corporatisation' of the ABC). I will not have it. It is OUR ABC, not HIS ABC. It is OUR democracy, not HIS democracy.

gusface

16/06/2010LYN perhaps Ad and you can create an IDEAS/Ventures thread People can toss up ideas and venture help and resources we need every resource/idea to fight the battle soon coming agianst both the Fibs and the MSM

Lyn

17/06/2010Hi Everybody Stop Murdoch blog for you, we all need to read this blog: [i]Is it your ABC or Rupert Murdoch's? Stop Murdoch[/i] contact your Federal MP, and demand that they do something to wrestle back the ABC's independence and strengthen their local, non-Murdoch content. . http://stopmurdoch.blogspot.com/

Lyn

17/06/2010[b]TODAY'S LINKS[/b] [i]On the Qt: A really bad attack, Grog, Grogs Gamut[/i] You’ll be shocked. I know, to hear that The Australian reported the project was not value for money – comparing it unfavourably with a nearby McDonalds (why you would compare them I have no freaking idea). http://grogsgamut.blogspot.com/ [i]If the fedora fits… Rudd’s fashion advice reflects a PM under pressure, Andrew Crook, Crikey[/i] But when the pressure’s on and he can’t do anything right, it gets turned into a spectacular own-goal.” http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/06/16/if-the-fedora-fits-rudds-fashion-advice-shows-a-man-under-pressure/ [i]Beer Not Bought Darryl Mason, Orstrahyun[/i] Why would anyone think the Murdoch media are actively, hysterically campaigning against prime minister Kevin Rudd? http://theorstrahyun.blogspot.com/2010/06/beer-not-bought-why-would-anyone-think.html [i]Steve Fielding: 'Parental Leave Scheme open to Abortion Abuse, Reb, Gutter Trash[/i]for someone that claims to uphold Christian “family values” his conduct is particularly gross and offensive. http://guttertrash.wordpress.com/ [i]The Things That Occur to Steve, Jeremy Sear, Anymous lefty[/i], the degenerates who don’t subscribe to our belief system, by definition – without our God, you can have no morality whatsoever. http://anonymouslefty.wordpress.com/ [i]Poachers and gamekeepers mingle to Make A Difference, Bernard Keane, The Stump[/i] the man who so often appears to have rented his mouth to the Australasian Podiatry Council, Tony Abbott, was a late arrival. http://blogs.crikey.com.au/thestump/2010/06/16/poachers-and-gamekeepers-mingle-to-make-a-difference/ [i]Update: Peter Dutton is still ahead on his BHP shares, Peter Martin[/i] Pity the investors that took note of what Coalition frontbenchers said rather than what they did. http://petermartin.blogspot.com/ [i]How profitable is mining - Part 2, Possum Comitatus, Pollytics[/i] probably a very large majority of firms at that – would actually be better off under the proposed RSPT than the existing regime. http://blogs.crikey.com.au/pollytics/ [i]Murdoch struggles with online control … SBS draws crowds … Crikey[/i] On closer inspection that email turned out to be from Tony Abbott’s diary assistant. The event organisers had stuffed up. Still, that didn’t prevent some outlets giving Rudd a good kicking, http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/06/16/media-briefs-murdoch-struggles-with-online-control-sbs-draws-crowds/ [i]Can Rupert Murdoch remain king of content?, Rick Wilking, Guardian UK.[/i] So having tried the republican model for content, and found it not to his liking, Murdoch is retreating once again to a kingdom http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/jun/15/rupert-murdoch-paywalls-internet-content

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17/06/2010LYN'S DAILY LINKS updated: http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/page/Lyns-Daily-Links.aspx Folks I'll be on the road until this afternoon when I'll post the next piece: [i]Who cares about the next Newspoll?[/i]

Rx

17/06/2010Ad Astra, This one for [b]ABC Watch[/b] please. More anti-Rudd diatribe... "Labor faces another Latham moment" By Luke Walladge http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2927084.htm "What the heck happened to Kevin Rudd?" By Niki Savva http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2926701.htm "Ruddtopia: fool's gold" By Sinclair Davidson http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2928109.htm

nasking

17/06/2010I've just written a new post related to a chainmail that has been making its way into Australian's Inboxes: Sewer Politics:The Assassination Of Our PM’s Reputation http://cafewhispers.wordpress.com/2010/06/17/sewer-politicsthe-assassination-of-our-pms-reputation/ N'

nasking

17/06/2010Rx, I read the following in that Niki Savva post you linked to: [quote]Rudd can still fix it, although it will not be easy. He is the one who has to do it, and he can't do it simply by relying on perceptions of Abbott's unelectability. Going out there and demonising a successful industry, trying to stir up class warfare and inciting the xenophobes is not the way to do it. It is not the way good Prime Ministers win policy debates.[/quote] Have the ABC commentators been infected by some kind of madness virus? "inciting the xenophobes"!!! Has this woman been living in the Amazon or somewhere? Seems to me that it's those bellowing & threatening billionaires & the Rodent OLD GUARD & others in the Coalition that have been pumping up the xenophobic stuff. Often helped by their shock jock & Murdoch empire & currents affairs allies. Enuff is enuff! Keep up the great work Political Swordists. Great links all...and as usual Lyn. Cheers N'

Sally

17/06/2010Nasking, I agree re the xenophobia. But I think I’m even more intrigued by the notion of stirring up class warfare. There’s a few problems in that statement as I see it: 1. Here is an old (2006) but interesting piece from the New York Times titled ‘In Class Warfare, Guess Which Class Is Winning?’. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/26/business/yourmoney/26every.html The most salient point made, in my view, was “There’s class warfare, all right, ... but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” Applied to the RSPT ‘debate’ this is apt. If only Niki Savva could fathom that. 2. As for ‘stirring up’ class warfare, the only stirring that has occurred in the past 6-12 months has come from the economically dominant class (which obviously includes media owners) and their media servants. Show me the evidence of the Rudd government inciting any kind of class conflict, let alone ‘warfare’? I don’t believe Ms Savva has ever studied history, let alone undertaken a factual analysis of the issues she addresses. 3. This may sound trite, but it is easy to believe we are an affluent, middle class nation of politically lazy people. Until you look at the size of the so-called ‘underclass’: the destitute, impoverished, homeless, disabled, and so forth. If she is referring to any kind of ‘class warfare’ between that group and middle class Australia then pigs might indeed fly. 4. In my middle-of-the-night horrors about the current situation, I wish she was right and that a huge political movement erupted that tore at the heart of the manipulation of opinion, at the greed, lying, avarice, hate that has emerged in the media. My only consolation is that it is all a manifestation of fear – fear they will not win. Cheers,

Sally

17/06/2010Nasking, Another thought, depressing though it may be. Should the government lose the election, which I refuse to contemplate at present, I think you, Miglo, Ad Astra and other erudite and eloquent observers of the current maelstrom should pick through your various pieces and come up with a collection of essays entitled ‘The rise and fall of liberal democracy in Australia: or, how the Murdoch empire became the government’. I’m sure you’d find a friendly left-wing publisher. Otherwise self-publish on the web and in print.

Rx

17/06/2010[i]Has this woman been living in the Amazon or somewhere?[/i] Nas, she was a spin doctor for the former Coalition government. Just the sort of "commentator" their ABC loves to give floor space to in their crusade against Kevin Rudd and Labor.

NormanK

17/06/2010Lyn I wonder could you do me a favour, please? Go to the 7.30 Report web page, seek out guest letters and tell me the time of the last listed letter. I'll knock up a post to explain why. Thanks in advance.

Lyn

17/06/2010Hi Norman K The last letter on guest letters, is Margaret Lamer 11.16 am today.

gusface

17/06/2010http://blogs.crikey.com.au/pollytics/2010/06/17/public-perceptions-of-media-bias-and-accuracy/comment-page-1/#comment-20902 poss's latest A must read My comment: 'The last Q says it all Even the journos admit the OO and auntie are biased'

NormanK

17/06/2010Lyn You are very kind. Thanks for that. That letter was posted yesterday but the relevant point is that my browser is being updated at the same rate as yours. It is odd how the rate of updates vary so radically. Cheers

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17/06/2010Nasking Your piece on Sewer Politics exposes a frightening picture of the lengths that News Limited's Bolt will go to bring down the man he deeply loathes - Kevin Rudd. The same, even if not as extreme, is coming from a collection of journalists who seem now to be in the majority. Few write anything the gives Rudd credit for his achievements. Most paint him as all bad. Niki Savva has joined in the assault with a predictably anti-Rudd piece. The anti-Rudd brigade is growing in audacity as they see a Rudd defeat coming up. I'll soon be posting [i]Who cares about the next Newspoll[/i] which canvasses the reasons behind this widespread pouring out of sheer hatred. Sally Ben Stein's article is good reading, Buffett's views are always sound. I agree with your paragraph 4. Let's not contemplate a Rudd loss because that means an Abbott win = what a disaster that would be as he pursues his extreme views.

Lyn

17/06/2010Hi Ad Link to our own Nasking at Cafe Whispers: [i]Sewer Politics:The Assassination Of Our PM’s Reputation, Nasking , Cafe Whispers,[/i] magnitude of vitriolic commentary and venomous accusations that have been dumped on Kevin Rudd http://cafewhispers.wordpress.com/2010/06/17/sewer-politicsthe-assassination-of-our-pms-reputation [i]TIM DUNLOP:[/i] [u][i]When the left attacks...itself,Tim Dunlop, The Drum[/i][/u] rightwing media, led by The Australian, relentlessly attacks everything the government does, http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2929272.htm

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17/06/2010Folks I've just posted [i]Who care about the next Newspoll[/i].

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17/06/2010LYN'S DAILY LINKS updated: http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/page/Lyns-Daily-Links.aspx ABC WATCH updated: http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/page/ABC-Watch.aspx

nasking

17/06/2010"The most salient point made, in my view, was “There’s class warfare, all right, ... but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” Applied to the RSPT ‘debate’ this is apt. If only Niki Savva could fathom that." Sally, great link...I remember that article in the NY Times...and it struck me how right Warren Buffett was in saying it was "his class", the richies that were making war, and not paying enuff tax in comparison to what they made, and could afford to pay. The influence they have provides them w/ so much opportunity to earn the dollars most of us couldn't imagine. People need to remember that Rupert Murdoch inherited a reputation from his father & grandfather...and the family business gave him a much more privileged start than any of us received. It's like David & Goliath. But we'll get there. The ladders are out and we're storming their fortresses. :) One only has to look at the quality of many blogs linked on here...and the rise of Crikey to see the NEW WORLD MEDIA on the horizon. I'm just a warrior (p/t poet/lyricist) bear helping others up that ladder whilst showing up the weaknesses of the OLD GUARD...helping to create that NEW WORLD MEDIA. As many of you are. The day will come. Real democracy & balance in our mainstream media. N'

nasking

17/06/2010gusface, great link. Luv Possum's analysis. The media does indeed have way too much influence, as the Essential Poll reveals the majority of the people think it's TOO MUCH. Gracias for puttin' up the link Lyn. Yer the tops. [quote]she was a spin doctor for the former Coalition government. [/quote] Didn't know that Rx...thnx for the info. Seems the Rodent was able to infect the ABC full-bore. I knew they came across like sewer & cellar dwellers of late. :) I bet Howard's whiskers/eyebrows have been twitching w/ excitement. N'

Miglo

17/06/2010Good idea Sally, for a book, that is. But I can't even write a shopping list. Our work is still not done, whoever wins the election.
How many umbrellas are there if I start with two and take 2 away?