Don’t poke the media – it might bite

Have you noticed how sensitive the media is becoming to criticism from politicians?  The rules of its game are that the media is entitled to criticise politicians ad nauseam, whether or not it has its facts right, whether or not its interpretation of them is accurate, whether or not the subject matter is of any real importance, but should the politicians retaliate and accuse the media of bias, the media is entitled to huff and puff, to wag its finger at them, and to darkly remind them that criticizing the media is not just inadvisable, but could be dangerous and lead to a backlash.  This attitude is a sign of the incredible self-importance for which much of our media is gaining a reputation. [more]

This Sunday’s Insiders exposed how deep these feelings run among journalists.  Fran Kelly, Lenore Taylor and Michael Stutchbury were the panellists. 

Fran Kelly was at her most assertive.  She not only knows what Kevin Rudd and his Government should do, can see at a glance what mistakes they are making, is finely tuned into public opinion, and can predict what is likely to happen as a result of Rudd’s words, actions and motivations, which she can perceive in an instant.  She was the one who protested most loudly about Rudd’s criticism of the media.  She began with a comment about Rupert Murdock giving Barack Obama a hard time in his papers over Obama being ‘anti-business’.  She pointed to the similarities between Obama and Rudd – Obama ‘has been having a chop at Fox News stations being anti the Obama presidency’ and Rudd having a go at a local broadsheet [The Australian].  She added her considered opinion that it’s never in the interests of a leader to take on the media – ‘it just reveals a glass jaw’.  ‘You’ve just got to sit and take your medicine’ she instructed.  She went on to quote Murdoch as saying ‘We need more non-obsequious journalists in this country’ and added – that’s just Murdoch giving a warning.  She repeated that there is no mileage in politicians making a big deal about criticism by the media – Kevin Rudd, you have been warned – just sit and take your medicine. 

What breathtaking arrogance!

It also emerged that Chris Mitchell, editor of The Australian, stung by Rudd labelling that paper as ‘right-wing’, had responded by correcting him – explaining that what he had said was that the paper was ‘centre-right’.  He added that he was being ‘verballed’ by the Prime Minister.  Who’s got the ‘glass jaw’ now?  This from the man who verbals the PM over and again through the pages of his paper!  It’s the old story – the media can criticize the PM, his ministers and the Government as much and as often it wishes, but should the reverse occur, there are accusations of unjust verballing.  Dear oh dear!

Michael Stutchbury vigorously defended The Australian against Rudd’s tagging it as a right wing newspaper, voicing the well-worn journalists’ protest ‘We have to do our job’.  But what is your job Michael?  If as economics editor is it to give a balanced picture of the economic conditions facing the country and your opinion about how the Government is handling it, how well do you think you’ve done?  Let’s take the economic stimulus.  Your columns gave the impression that you were less than impressed with the need for a stimulus and you questioned whether it would work.  Would the cash bonuses be spent or saved?  You favoured the latter – after all that was the rational thing for people to do.  And of course some money was saved, but you seemed not to entertain the possibility that money saved would later be spent.  As we all now know that is what happened – money flowed steadily into the retail sector and jobs were preserved.  Then you had a go at the schools program, eagerly joining your paper’s criticism of the problems in administering it.  It was wasteful and being poorly administered, you said.  That there were just a handful of problems, 69 in the 24,000 projects, most now resolved, did not deter you from savaging the scheme and for your paper to keep a running tally online for all to see how awful the scheme was.  And you are still saying that, and in the process giving The Australian a pat on the back for highlighting the schools program ‘debacle’. 

Anyway, despite your expert economic opinions about the wisdom of the Government’s actions, a recession has been averted, at least to date.  But that was not in accord with your predictions, so far from giving the stimulus due credit you emphasized all the other factors that contributed to the good outcome and switched your attack to the need for the Government to wind back the stimulus.  Your need to be right seemed to override your objectivity.  Do you think that pieces like yours might be the reason that Rudd labelled The Australian a right wing newspaper?  You indignantly defended your paper and its journalists for ‘just doing their job’.  Criticism hurts doesn’t it Michael, but that’s no reason to stop dishing it out to politicians; as Fran Kelly says, they have ‘to just sit there and take their medicine’.

This Sunday’s Insiders exhibited more than any I can recall recently, the cocksure opinions of the panel, and even Barrie Cassidy, about the Government’s errors in handling the recent asylum seekers boat arrival, indeed all recent arrivals, what Rudd should have said and done and the policy he should adopt, and that this might be the issue to sink his popularity.  Once the Insiders transcript is available, that display of unparalleled arrogance will the subject of a post on The Political Sword.

But what do you think on the issue of politicians being warned not to poke the media as it might bite back?

 

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19/10/2009Hi Ad Ad you are exactly right, I watched Fran Kelly on the insiders and I thought she was very mean. Sit back and take you medicine (indeed! really). As for the journalists saying whatever they like, anyone can see that evidence in the Australian online everyday, if one wants to bother. A right wing newspaper, I think it wasn't only Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal party working up a frenzy over Utegate, in the hope of getting Kevin Rudd and Wayne Swan sacked, it was every journalist plus the whole of Newscorp. 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Jun 21, 2009‎ Brisbane Times PM should let Treasury official speak: Turnbull Jun 21, 2009‎ Stuff.co.nz 'Utegate' email does not exist - Rudd Jun 21, 2009‎ Independent Rod McGuirk Rudd denies giving favours to car dealer Jun 21, 2009‎ ABC Online Prime Minister says Malcolm Turnbull must produce evidence or resign Jun 21, 2009‎ StreetCorner Alan Jones comments on Utegate Jun 21, 2009‎ Tasmania Examiner Michelle Grattan Heat turns on to Swan over car dealer Jun 21, 2009‎ Gold Coast Mail 'Utegate' email does not exist: Rudd Jun 21, 2009‎ NEWS.com.au Newscorp Kevin Rudd, Wayne Swan, Malcolm Turnbull shout 'resign' at each other Jun 21, 2009‎ The Australian Christian Kerr Newscorp PM targets Turnbull over 'fake' email Jun 21, 2009‎ Bloomberg Gemma Daley Australian Leader Says E-Mail Fake Amid Police Probe Jun 21, 2009‎ Courier Mail Newscorp Police question Godwin Grech over Utegate email Jun 21, 2009‎ NEWS.com.au Newscorp Turnbull demands details of 'special favours' Jun 21, 2009‎ ABC Online Grech questioned over faked OzCar email Jun 21, 2009‎ Daily Telegraph Alison Rehn Newscorp Police raid Godwin Grech home, want to question ex-Liberal advisor Jun 21, 2009‎ Brisbane Times AFP won't confirm it is searching Grech's house Jun 21, 2009‎ NEWS.com.au Christian Kerr Newscorp Turnbull takes aim at Swan over OzCar Jun 21, 2009‎ Brisbane Times OzCar email 'found' Jun 21, 2009‎ Melbourne Herald Sun Gerard Mcmanus Newscorp Yesterday's Ute-gate developments Jun 21, 2009‎ TVNZ Rudd challenges opposition over "Utegate" Jun 21, 2009‎ Business Spectator MPs angrily debate OzCar affair Jun 21, 2009‎ Brisbane Times $A may suffer if PM resigns over OzCar Jun 21, 2009‎ NEWS.com.au Newscorp Turnbull's office linked to 'fake' utegate email Jun 21, 2009‎ Illawara Mercury Megan Levy OzCar scandal: email 'fake', police question Godwin Grech Jun 21, 2009‎ Crikey Bernard Keane Utegate email may link Treasury to Turnbull Jun 21, 2009‎ LIVENEWS.com.au SHOWDOWN: Turnbull v Rudd in fiery debate Jun 21, 2009‎ The Canberra Times Phillip Coorey, Annabel Crabb OzCar affair email 'a fake' Jun 21, 2009‎ Ninemsn $A may suffer if PM resigns over OzCar Jun 21, 2009‎ NEWS.com.au Newscorp AFP want to speak to former Turnbull staffer Jun 21, 2009‎ Trend News Agency Australia MPs join car-dealer row Jun 21, 2009‎ Bloomberg - Gemma Daley Rudd and Turnbull Trade Charges Over E-Mail; Police Start Probe Jun 21, 2009‎ Australian IT Police investigate ute email link to Turnbull adviser Jun 21, 2009‎ The Australian Christian Kerr Newscorp Ex-adviser to Malcolm Turnbull denies OzCar affair role Jun 21, 2009‎ CRN Australia Lilia Guan - AFP involved in "fake" Rudd email Jun 21, 2009‎ World Socialist Web Site Patrick O'Connor Australia: Car dealer “scandal” engulfs parliament Jun 21, 2009‎ AFP Australia car dealer political row escalates Jun 21, 2009‎ NEWS.com.au Newscorp Turnbull censured as utegate row blazes Jun 21, 2009‎ Illawara Mercury Megan Levy OzCar scandal: police confirm email is fake, Grech questioned Jun 21, 2009‎ Irish Independent Demands for Rudd to resign amid funding row Jun 21, 2009‎ ABC Online Emma Rodgers AFP confirms OzCar email a fake Jun 21, 2009 Melbourne Herald Sun Alison Rehn Fear for fragile official Godwin Grech Jun 21, 2009 The Australian Paul Maley, Siobhain Ryan Newscorp Public servant 'an ill man' Jun 21, 2009 The Australian Alison Rehn Newscorp Godwin Grech at centre of ute scandal 'an ill man' Jun 21, 2009 Ballina Shire Advocate AFP finds 'fake email in OzCar affair' Jun 21, 2009 Crikey Trevor Cook Poor Godwin Grech - a martyr to the cause of public service Jun 22, 2009‎ BBC News Australia row over 'fake' e-mail Jun 22, 2009‎ The Associated Press Australian police search bureaucrat's home Jun 22, 2009‎ Washington Post Rob Taylor Australia PM Rudd faces crisis week Jun 22, 2009‎ Special Broadcasting Service OzCar email a fake Jun 22, 2009‎ Sky News Australia Newscorp AFP find the fake email Jun 22, 2009‎ Brisbane Times Sandra O'Malley 'Ute-gate' email is a fake, says AFP Jun 22, 2009‎ Brisbane Times Utegate turns into political thriller as events unfold Jun 22, 2009‎ Wall Street Journal Rachel Pannett Newscorp Australia Scandal Email Appears to Be Fake Jun 22, 2009‎ NEWS.com.au Newscorp Lib elders should oust Turnbull - Rudd Jun 22, 2009‎ Brisbane Times OzCar battle blows up in Turnbull's face Jun 22, 2009‎ Tasmania Mercury Newscorp 'Fake' utegate email found Jun 22, 2009‎ The Press Association Rudd: Incriminating email 'forged' Jun 22, 2009‎ Radio Australia News - Australia's opposition leader censured over fake email Jun 22, 2009‎ LIVENEWS.com.au Rudd calls on Liberal Party elders to oust Turnbull over OzCar ... Jun 22, 2009‎ Earthtimes (press release) Political row over car dealer ends with a whimper Jun 22, 2009‎ Straits Times 'Utegate' email is fake: Police Jun 22, 2009‎ Belfast Telegraph Police say email smearing Aussie PM was forgery Jun 22, 2009‎ The Associated Press Police say e-mail in Australian scandal was forged Jun 22, 2009‎ The West Australian Swan's office releases car dealer emails Jun 22, 2009‎ Telegraph.co.uk Mark Chipperfield Email implicating Kevin Rudd in Australian scandal is fake, say police Jun 22, 2009‎ Independent Kathy Marks Police say Kevin Rudd email was forged Jun 22, 2009‎ Special Broadcasting Service Police search 'OzCar' official's home Jun 22, 2009‎ Melbourne Herald Sun Gerard McManus Newscorp Ute-gate fake email backfires on Malcolm Turnbull Jun 22, 2009‎ Herald Sun Ben Packham Newscorp Former Turnbull Paul Lindwall adviser denies ute-gate email connection Jun 22, 2009‎ ABC Online It's time to go, Rudd tells Turnbull Jun 22, 2009‎ Melbourne Herald Sun Michael Harvey Newscorp Wayne Swan has questions to answer but Malcolm Turnbull under fire Jun 22, 2009‎ Melbourne Herald Sun Newscorp Smoking gun has backfired Jun 22, 2009‎ The Australian Newscorp Business assistance must be hands off Jun 22, 2009‎ Ballarat Courier OzCar affair unlikely to claim any big scalps Jun 22, 2009‎ Courier Mail Newscorp Fake email turns the tables on embattled Malcolm Turnbull Jun 22, 2009‎ Courier Mail Newscorp Following the tracks in Utegate Jun 22, 2009‎ Brisbane Times New emails show other car dealers helped too Jun 22, 2009‎ Brisbane Times Leader who cried wolf gets caught by the crowd Jun 22, 2009‎ Brisbane Times Annabel Crabb Shock: car salesman gives PM a reference Jun 22, 2009‎ Brisbane Times Leaders kick up storm in fight for upper hand Jun 22, 2009‎ The Australian Lenore Taylor Newscorp New Swan messages 'special treatment' Jun 22, 2009‎ The Australian Dennis Shanahan Newscorp Coalition deals itself mortal wound Jun 22, 2009‎ The Australian Newscorp Air let out of Malcolm Turnbull's balloon Jun 22, 2009‎ Australian IT Matthew Franklin, Paul Maley Malcolm Turnbull's fake email nightmare as Liberals' attack blunted Jun 22, 2009‎ Daily Telegraph Tim Blair Newscorp Played for fools and in strife Jun 22, 2009‎ Courier Mail Newscorp Wayne Swan must learn from ute debacle Jun 22, 2009‎ Brisbane Times Ute affair backfires on shaken Turnbull Jun 22, 2009‎ Sky News Australia Newscorp PM calls for Turnbull's head over email Jun 22, 2009‎ ABC Online Alexandra Kirk Swan emails fly as Turnbull faces heat Jun 22, 2009‎ Tasmania Examiner Email fake, Rudd calls for Turnbull's head Jun 22, 2009‎ Daily Telegraph Malcolm Farr Newscorp Call for help was one too many Jun 22, 2009‎ The Canberra Times Trap for novices: beware of geeks bearing gifts Jun 22, 2009‎ Business Spectator Steve Murphy Swan's credibility hit Jun 22, 2009‎ Scotsman 'Dishonest Rudd' e-mail a forgery Jun 22, 2009‎ StreetCorner Swan paddling hard to prove he didnt favour Rudds car dealer mate Jun 22, 2009‎ Financial Times Peter Smith Rudd hits back over fake e-mail claims Jun 22, 2009‎ Marlborough Express Political posturing all part of the game Jun 22, 2009‎ ABC Online Opposition still wants Swan's head Jun 22, 2009‎ The Australian - Newscorp Swan must release all OzCar emails: Hockey Jun 22, 2009‎ Melbourne Herald Sun Matthew Schulz, Neil Wilson Newscorp Wayne Swan, Malcolm Turnbull stand firm in OzCar affair Jun 22, 2009 Herald Sun Steve Lewis, Alison Rehn Newscorp Godwin Grech remains bunkered down in Canberra home Jun 22, 2009 Courier Mail Steve Lewis Newscorp Godwin Grech cuts a dispirited figure Jun 22, 2009 The Australian Sid Maher Newscorp Genuine article's top and tail akin to fake Jun 22, 2009 New Zealand Herald Greg Ansley Newscorp 'Utegate' heat switches to Turnbull Jun 22, 2009 The Australian Paul Maley, Mark Dodd Newscorp OzCar official Godwin Grech worked for Joe Hockey Jun 22, 2009 Times Online 'Utegate' e-mail declared a fake Jun 22, 2009 Radio New Zealand Opposition leader's resignation wanted by PM Jun 22, 2009 NEWS.com.au Newscorp Whispers can't hide sound of loathing Jun 22, 2009 Stuff.co.nz 'Utegate' turns on Turnbull Jun 22, 2009 United Press International Police: Damaging Rudd e-mail was faked Jun 22, 2009 The Canberra Times Danielle Cronin Fake email: tables turned on Turnbull Jun 22, 2009 NEWS.com.au Newscorp Godwin Grech worked for me, says Joe Hockey Jun 22, 2009 Daily Telegraph Malcolm Farr Newscorp Turnbull wounded as Utegate email exposed as fake Jun 22, 2009 ABC Online David Mark Desperate measures: A history of government forgery Jun 22, 2009 ABC Online Fake email backfires for Turnbull Jun 22, 2009 LIVENEWS.com.au Turnbull doesn't have the character for job:... Jun 22, 2009 Crikey Scott Bridges UteGate and the media Jun 22, 2009 The Australian Newscorp Hockey checks up on OzCar player welfare Jun 22, 2009 PerthNow Malcolm Turnbull admits Kevin Rudd in clear over OzCar Jun 22, 2009 Irish Times Pádraig Collins Australian police confirm disputed e-mail was fake Jun 22, 2009 NEWS.com.au Newscorp Rudd has no case to answer - Turnbull Jun 22, 2009 The Australian Christian Kerr Newscorp Turnbull blames Godwin Grech over email blunder Jun 22, 2009 Gold Coast Mail Kate Hannon Turnbull seeks 'mutual apologies' Jun 22, 2009 Herald Sun Newscorp Therese Rein's stare tells the story Jun 22, 2009 The Australian Alison Rehn Newscorp Godwin Grech officially Turnbull fall guy Jun 22, 2009 LIVENEWS.com.au Godwin Grech's home egged Jun 22, 2009 Indian Express Key email in Australia 'Utegate' scandal fake: Police Jun 22, 2009 ABC Online Rudd off the hook, Turnbull admits Jun 22, 2009 Melbourne Herald Sun Newscorp Malcolm Turnbull admits Rudd corruption claims can't be proved Jun 22, 2009 ABC Regional Online Windsor backs censure motion against Turnbull Jun 22, 2009 AFP Australia opposition chief blasted on fake email Jun 22, 2009 The Australian Matthew Franklin Newscorp Rudd hounds Turnbull for resignation Jun 22, 2009 ABC Online Turnbull forced to defend resignation call Jun 22, 2009 NEWS.com.au Newscorp Turnbull changes focus to Bennelong car dealer Jun 22, 2009 Ninemsn Treasury official's house egged Jun 22, 2009 ABC Online Rudd renews demand for Turnbull to quit Jun 22, 2009 Daily Telegraph Newscorp Kevin Rudd, Malcolm Turnbull again battle in Parliament Jun 22, 2009 Crikey Jonathan Green Crikey editorial 23.06.09 Jun 23, 2009 Bloomberg Gemma Daley Turnbull Can't Sustain Utegate Claims, Faces Backlash Jun 23, 2009 TVNZ Rudd calls for Turnbull resignation Jun 23, 2009 ABC Online Chris Uhlmann Turnbull caught in OzCar spotlight Jun 23, 2009 The Australian Stefanie Balogh, Emma Chalmers Newscorp Godwin Grech 'a government mole' Jun 23, 2009 Adelaidenow Newscorp Turnbull's aim wide of the target Jun 23, 2009 Melbourne Herald Sun Michael Harvey, Steve Lewis Newscorp More questions for Treasury official Godwin Grech Jun 23, 2009 The Australian Newscorp Mr Turnbull in political china shop Jun 23, 2009 The Australian Dennis Shanahan Newscorp Liberals look a beaten bunch Jun 23, 2009 ABC Online Senate to probe possible threats against Grech Jun 23, 2009 The Australian Brenda Loots Newscorp Liberal leader's overkill backfires Jun 23, 2009 The Australian Jennifer Hewett Newscorp Turnbull at a gate Jun 23, 2009 Courier Mail Stefanie Balogh, Steve Lewis Newscorp Malcolm Turnbull quizzed over Godwin Grech link Jun 23, 2009 Courier Mail Dennis Atkins Newscorp Malcolm Turnbull in a muddle Jun 23, 2009 Brisbane Times Phillip Coorey Coalition refuses to give up on the email trail Jun 23, 2009 Brisbane Times Turnbull must now lead with his brain instead of his chin Jun 23, 2009 Brisbane Times Mark Davis A steady rise, then sideways shifts Jun 23, 2009 Brisbane Times Explain links to Grech, demands Swan Jun 23, 2009 Brisbane Times Annabel Crabb Black Knight cops it over search for holey Grail Jun 23, 2009 Daily Telegraph Newscorp Grech unlikely low-show star Jun 23, 2009 Daily Telegraph Janet Fife-Yeomans, Alison Rehn Newscorp Exposing the private life of mysterious Godwin Grech Jun 23, 2009 The Australian Newscorp Grech 'chose' to send faxes to Swan Jun 23, 2009 The Australian Patricia Karvelas Newscorp Focus on Turnbull's links with bureaucrat Jun 23, 2009 The Australian Patricia Karvelas, Matthew Franklin Newscorp Turnbull fears early poll Jun 23, 2009 NEWS.com.au Newscorp We don't know who wrote email - Hockey Jun 23, 2009 NEWS.com.au Paul Maley Newscorp AFP hunt for mole in Treasury Jun 23, 2009 NEWS.com.au Stefanie Balogh, Emma Chalmers Newscorp Godwin Grech 'a Coalition mole' for years Jun 23, 2009 Melbourne Herald Sun Michael Harvey Newscorp A violation of our trust Jun 23, 2009 Yass Tribune Robyn Sykes The perils of email Jun 23, 2009 The Australian Newscorp Police to question Treasury official Jun 23, 2009 Brisbane Times Phillip Coorey Libs ready to defy Turnbull Jun 23, 2009 Brisbane Times Michelle Grattan Turnbull linked to ute 'leaker' Jun 23, 2009 Brisbane Times Michelle Grattan - ‎ A story that just keeps on biting Jun 23, 2009 Brisbane Times Shaun Carney A flimsy foundation brings Turnbull's audacious case undone Jun 23, 2009 Business Spectator Alister Drysdale Turnbull is damaged goods Jun 23, 2009 ABC Online Turnbull urged to 'come clean' on Grech leaks Jun 23, 2009 New Zealand Herald Greg Ansley Newscorp 'Utegate' affair runs out of gas Jun 23, 2009 The Canberra Times Danielle Cronin Claims Grech Libs mole Jun 23, 2009 NEWS.com.au Newscorp Explanation 'can't be forced' from Turnbull Jun 23, 2009 Daily Telegraph Tim Blair Newscorp Resign yourself to bluster Jun 23, 2009 Crikey Scott Bridges Hard-hitting “journalism” Jun 23, 2009 Sky News Australia Newscorp Gov't cannot force Turnbull for details Jun 23, 2009 NEWS.com.au Newscorp Brown targets Abetz over 'tawdry' OzCar affair Jun 23, 2009 NEWS.com.au Christian Kerr Newscorp Turnbull gagged over call for judicial inquiry Jun 23, 2009 Crikey Holy Treasury Moley Batman.Polling, Trust and Malcolm Turnbull. Jun 23, 2009 LIVENEWS.com.au Questions over Treasury 'mole', Godwin Grech, dismissed as hysteria Jun 23, 2009 The West Australian Winks and nods were bound to end in tears Jun 23, 2009 The Canberra Times We're not frightened: Turnbull Jun 23, 2009 ABC Online Labor blocks OzCar probe Jun 23, 2009 NEWS.com.au Mark Dodd, Christian Kerr Newscorp Turnbull hinges OzCar attack on Grech testimony Jun 23, 2009 NEWS.com.au Newscorp Turnbull attempts to censure Swan Jun 24, 2009 ABC Online Probe into treatment of Godwin Grech Jun 24, 2009 LIVENEWS.com.au Government taunts, bullies stumbling Opposition Jun 24, 2009 Brisbane Times Sandra O'Malley Turnbull facing new test of authority Jun 24, 2009 Brisbane Times Kate Hannon Labor blocks inquiry into OzCar affair Jun 24, 2009 ABC Online Turnbull won't guarantee cooperation on other leaks Jun 24, 2009 Melbourne Herald Sun Gerard McManus Newscorp Source claims Malcolm Turnbull was shown ute-gate email last week Jun 24, 2009 ABC Online Kerry O'Brien Malcolm Turnbull joins the 7.30 Report live Jun 24, 2009 Business Spectator Turnbull tightlipped over sources Jun 24, 2009 Courier Mail Dennis Atkins Newscorp Muddling Malcolm Turnbull gets derailed by ego Jun 24, 2009 Courier Mail Dennis Atkins, Stefanie Balogh Newscorp Godwin Grech 'leaked material to Malcolm Turnbull' Jun 24, 2009 Daily Telegraph Gerard McManus Newscorp Malcolm Turnbull's secret meeting with Treasury official Jun 24, 2009 The Australian Dennis Shanahan Newscorp Senate votes push to divide Coalition Jun 24, 2009 The Australian Newscorp Sack this liability, PM urges Liberals Jun 24, 2009 NEWS.com.au Newscorp Malcolm Turnbull muscled 'leaker' and won't help AFP Jun 24, 2009 Brisbane Times Annabel Crabb Spells, curses and a dollop of Goblin Grech Jun 24, 2009 ABC Online Alexandra Kirk Turnbull tight-lipped, MPs hold breath Jun 24, 2009 Stock and Land Michelle Grattan Turnbull no to helping 'ute-gate' leak probe Jun 24, 2009 The Canberra Times Danielle Cronin Govt raises new doubts on evidence Jun 24, 2009 Herald Sun Newscorp Malcolm Turnbull saw utegate email - source Jun 24, 2009 Daily Telegraph Dennis Shanahan Newscorp Rudd foot on rival's throat Jun 24, 2009 ABC Online Turnbull baulks at cooperation with wider police investigation Jun 24, 2009 Sky News Australia Newscorp Turnbull 'acting like toddler' Jun 24, 2009 The Australian Newscorp Parliament expected to pass OzCar scheme Jun 24, 2009 Melbourne Herald Sun Gerard McManus Newscorp Malcolm Turnbull having a toddler tantrum, government says Jun 24, 2009 ABC Online Emma Rodgers Greens say OzCar hearing 'stage-managed' Jun 24, 2009 LIVENEWS.com.au Is Malcolm Turnbull channeling Mark Latham? Jun 24, 2009 The Australian Matthew Franklin Newscorp Liberal senator Abetz faces claims of misleading committee over ... Jun 24, 2009 The Australian Newscorp No inquiry into 'stage-managed' OzCar hearing Jun 24, 2009 The Canberra Times Phillip Coorey Turnbull silent on email Jun 24, 2009 Sky News Australia Newscorp Parliament to approve OzCar scheme Jun 24, 2009 Brisbane Times Rudd's car dealer friend helped pay legal bill Jun 24, 2009 Sky News Australia Newscorp Govt says Grech gave false evidence Jun 24, 2009 Sky News Australia Newscorp Turnbull 'evasive', says government Jun 24, 2009 The Australian Newscorp John Grant 'helped Rudd pay legal bill' Jun 24, 2009 Special Broadcasting Service Government raises new doubts on evidence Jun 24, 2009 Brisbane Times OzCar saga drags on as barbs fly in parliament Jun 24, 2009 ABC Online Emma Rodgers OzCar row: Accusations fly as Parliament breaks Jun 24, 2009 The Australian Newscorp OzCar passed by Parliament Jun 24, 2009 Brisbane Times Opposition's new OzCar attack falls flat Jun 24, 2009 Sky News Australia Newscorp Parliament finishes on Ozcar high Jun 24, 2009 Crikey Scott Bridges La-la-la-la, can't heeeeear yooooou Jun 24, 2009 ABC Online Swan says he has no case to answer Jun 24, 2009 Sky News Australia Newscorp Swan called to answer OzCar questions Jun 25, 2009 Courier Mail Stefanie Balogh Newscorp Email probe stepped up Jun 25, 2009 The Australian Dennis Shanahan Newscorp Take a lesson from Thomas More Jun 25, 2009 Brisbane Times Turnbull targeted over favours Jun 25, 2009 The Australian Dennis Shanahan Newscorp Time out, with both sides battered Jun 25, 2009 The Australian Michael Costa Newscorp Mal, lose 'born to rule' style Jun 25, 2009 Brisbane Times Richard Ackland It's a privilege to watch this affair Jun 25, 2009 Brisbane Times Garry Feeney Concern over burqa should not trump tolerance Jun 25, 2009 The Australian Matthew Franklin, Patricia Karvelas Newscorp Coalition keeps the pressure on Rudd Jun 25, 2009 NEWS.com.au Gerard McManus, Michael Harvey Newscorp Malcolm Turnbull was 'warned' not to attack Kevin Rudd Jun 25, 2009 The Canberra Times Influence the real ute issue Jun 25, 2009 The Canberra Times Police question Rudd's advisers Jun 25, 2009 ABC Online Pollies exit Parliament Jun 25, 2009 Australia.TO Tony Abbott on Labor's performance Jun 25, 2009 The Gympie Times Our view | Local News Jun 25, 2009 Brisbane Times Wong quiet on 'inquiry against Turnbull' Jun 25, 2009 Crikey Bernard Keane Rudd, a PM with “four-o'clock-in-the-morning courage” Jun 25, 2009 newmatilda.com Cam Smith Has Kevin Lost His Load? Jun 25, 2009 World Socialist Web Site Patrick O'Connor Australia: Early election threatened over fake email affair Jun 25, 2009 The West Australian Liberals live to regret the Grech who stole Christmas Jun 25, 2009 Winnipeg Free Press Michael Madigan Australian scandal backfires Jun 25, 2009 Melbourne Herald Sun Laurie Oakes Newscorp Turnbull in a china shop Jun 25, 2009 The Australian Newscorp A political brawl without a winner Jun 25, 2009 Brisbane Times Brilliant and fearless but Paul Keating was right about Turnbull Jun 25, 2009 NEWS.com.au Patricia Karvelas Newscorp Joe Hockey positioning himself for Opposition leadership - MPs Jun 25, 2009 Brisbane Times Turnbull was as shocked as everybody else Jun 25, 2009 Brisbane Times John Shakespeare The incredible shrinking leader - how the Opposition Leader blew it Jun 25, 2009 The Australian Peter van Onselen Newscorp Turnbull's hard lesson Jun 25, 2009 Brisbane Times A Turnbull in a china shop Jun 25, 2009 The Australian Lenore Taylor Newscorp Mud sticks but Swan floats above muck Jun 25, 2009 The Australian Dennis Shanahan Newscorp The Rudd you never knew Jun 25, 2009 The Australian Mike Steketee Newscorp A disservice to democracy Jun 25, 2009 Courier Mail Newscorp Turnbull's job safe for now Jun 25, 2009 New Zealand Herald Greg Ansley Newscorp Acrimony set to continue during Parliament recess Jun 25, 2009 Gold Coast News Turnbull bruised after horror week Jun 25, 2009 Barcelona News Murdoch newspapers fall for fake email Jun 25, 2009 Haiti News Australian opposition gains on email scandal

monica

19/10/2009Had much the same reaction to last Sunday's Insiders, AA. Maybe it should be re-badged The Overlords and have the panel populated by daleks? Goodness, Lyn 1, adrenalin-media, indeed.

Bushfire Bill

19/10/2009We get the point, Lyn 1. A classic bootstrapper. In there somewhere there should have been Steve Lewis' fake grapic of the alleged "email", complete with Microcoft-Outlook-looking headers and footers... all impossible of course, as there [i]was[/i] no email. Here's the link: http://twitpic.com/82dw5 Take a look at the top-left of the graphic. There it is in all it's phoney glory. The damning email that never was, complete with "Date:", "From:" and "To:" fields that never were. Yet this was published in the Saturday Telegraph as if Lewis had a hard copy all to himself. This to me was the most egregious abuse of journalistic privelege I have seen in a long, long time. The intention was clearly to influence your Average Joe Reader into believing that the email was sent, and was real and that Lewis had a copy of it. Stutchbury is like a broken record with his articles on Teh Economy. According to Michael, Rudd has never done one thing right on the GFC from the start. The Stimulus was wrong, it was a "debacle" and it's gone on too long. In the end he'll be claiming that the government's saving us from recession (making Australia the envy of the World) was about the worst, most damaging thing they could have done. That supercilious-looking smile he puts out all the time doesn't help. I guess it's just an unfortunate facial feature, but he sure looks like a total smartarse. Insiders on Sunday was about the worst I've ever seen. There was no pretence of objectivity. The journos, ex-praisers of Howard for his politically clever, tough stance on asylum seekers in 2001 had turned, by last Sunday, into Wallowing Bleeding Hearts, suffering the little children to be brought unto them, so that that Nasty Mr. Rudd wouldn't use their desperate plight to score cheap, grubby political points. Rudd should have [i]educated[/i] the people out of their traditional xenophobia about invasions from the North. He should have been a [i]leader[/i]. How dare he ignore the poor child who begged him to help her, by prattling on in Rudd-speak about "policy" (a fact disputed by several witnesses who saw him watching this clip and reported he was close to tears). I suppose he should have done what Howard did and ban the faces of the lost from our TV screens. Whatever, Rudd was wrong then, and he is wrong now and this will bring him down, they all agreed. You could almost hear the excitement in their voices. Stutchbury's defence of The Australian was, as AA put it, "well-worn". In classic bootstrapper tradition, the Schools Stimulus is "a debacle". Why? Because a few articles in The Australian, bounced off Liberal politicians via Question Time, and then re-bounced back into The Australian, across to the ABC and Fairfax, laundered, bleached and spun dry, then folded back in on themselves said so. The number of people involved in this sham of a beat-up could be numbered on the fingers of two hands: politicians and journalists, pumping each others' points of view up far beyond where they deserve. Then suddenly we have "a debacle", by common knowledge. Please forgive me for quoting myself, but I wrote this about bootstrappers the other day on PB: [i]... they write up an issue, get someone to quote them, then quote those quotes, which are in turn re-quoted. Eventually everyone within a small circle is quoting everyone else, each time boosting volume, laundering opinions through proxies and multi-generations of sources, all of which can be traced back to the original, single source. By this time “opinion" has become “fact” because "everyone" is saying it. Denial just excites derision. [/i]Refusal[i] to deny is tantamount to admission. There is no escape from a properly conducted bootstrapper. When analysed, the people agreeing with each other are a pretty tightly connected group, mostly operating out of just one, or maybe two nodes: in this case [/i]The Australian’s[i] and the Liberal Party HQ offices.[/i] And then one day Rudd calls "bullshit" on them and they turn into shrinking violets, just "doing their job". No wonder our Prime Minister is such an unpopular, confused, failure.

monica

19/10/2009It makes the current discussion about public broadcasting pretty interesting, I'd reckon. Who gets to be a primary source in the digital age? That's going to be of some importance.

Lyn 1

19/10/2009Excellent comment Bushire Bill Would you give me a link to :- but I wrote this about bootstrappers the other day on PB: Love your last paragraph:- And then one day Rudd calls "bullshit" on them and they turn into shrinking violets, just "doing their job". No wonder our Prime Minister is such an unpopular, confused, failure.

Michael Cusack

19/10/2009They make prostitution and drug dealing look moral in comparison!

vote1maxine

20/10/2009Ad Astra Cassidy's program has been referred to as Outsiders by some bloggers on PB.I refer to it as "Sideliners". Maybe "Bin Liners" would be most appropriate for all the garbage that some of its regular panelists like Stutchbury, Bolt & Ackerman routinely espouse. On the issue of politicians being warned not to poke the media as it might bite back. Well many in the media make their living dishing it out so outrageously but now their bite is quickly diminishing to irrelevance as public debate is increasingly taking place in interactive fora such as the blog sites, twitter, face book. Politicians are now aware of this and indeed use the the net to by-pass traditional media. So this warning is more of a whimper of a profession in decline which has come about by abandoning objective & balance reportage to condescending opinion shrilling. No wonder their circulation numbers are dropping. So politicians should be giving this traditional media dog a long overdue kicking it deserves. After all we bloggers do it on a daily basis on the new fora such as this. :)

fred

20/10/2009Newspoll 19/10/09 ALP 59 : COALition 41

Michael

20/10/2009Political commentators are doomed to have nothing to peddle but opinion. As such, they are not insiders, merely slightly privileged outsiders allowed a tad more access to politicians and the political processes than the average citizen would even seek. They are courtiers, most importantly in the context of multiple media formats and media ownerships, competing courtiers - close to the 'throne', but only there as part of the larger picture of a democracy that accepts the Press as the Fourth Estate. But their opinions are not courted, and thus can have no direct influence on the wielding of power. This daily returning to a wheel of frustration seems to break political commentators down, as every article, every column, every TV appearance should have an effect, should bring the government to its senses, should show the sitting PM the error of his ways, should lead to a better outcome for the nation. But they don't. Those in power just blithely go ahead with their own agenda, their own plans, their own schedules. 'Why won't they listen, these pesky politicians?! Don't they know what's good for them? Why do they ignore the deepest wells of understanding and experience that political commentators daily fill with wisdom? For them! If Kevin and Malcolm and Julia and Julie and Tony and Wayne and all the others, would just listen to me, end of problem. And I'll keep telling them so. Now, leave me alone to get on with my daily column, 1,000 words on the dot, that shame Solomon for simplicity and sagacity. Just like yesterday's and tomorrow's.'

fred

20/10/2009http://petermartin.blogspot.com/2009/10/they-do-things-differently-at-newscorp.html "Here's how staff of the Adelaide Advertiser describe things in an internal memo: (HT: Crikey) "There are many conflicting instructions, blanket bans on certain words and subjects, and a lack of trust in the reporter to choose what to focus on... Management often dictates an editorial line it wants reporters to take that is in conflict with what our contacts say. Much of a day can be wasted trying to find one person to say what management wants them to say. This is not reporting, it is fabricating news..." I would recommend going to Peter's site and reading the whole memo.

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20/10/2009Lyn 1 Wow – what a wonderful collection of the stories surrounding the OzCar affair. I’ve filed the link for future reference. It illustrates the power of the blogosphere. Thank you. monica [i]Insiders[/i] is so variable. Last Sunday’s was a shocker – even the normally balanced Lenore Taylor was unusually outspoken and at times opinionated and condemnatory. I think we saw groupthink writ large. When balanced people like George Megalogenis, Dennis Atkins, Malcolm Farr, Misha Schubert, and Gerard Henderson are on the panel, the discussion is worthwhile; but when Andrew Bolt and Piers Akerman are, the quality of the dialogue dips. I’d prefer Daleks. BB Thank you for the ‘twitpic’ link. It is astonishing enough that Lewis would forge an email for his paper, even if he believed a genuine one existed, but mindboggling that he did it so incompetently, with the name ‘Godwin Grant’ against the ‘To:’ notation. It was clearly meant to deceive and it blew up in his face because his forgery was so poor, and of course because the ‘original’ email too was a forgery. Little seems to have happened to Lewis in his journalistic world; he still writes and appears on TV. But I wonder what his colleagues think of him. Personally I will take what he now writes with a grain of salt. I think Stutchbury is one who likes always to be right, and so every event or data that contradicts his views is discounted or dismissed, and any fragment that supports his view is highlighted. He’s been quoting Garnaut a lot on the need to wind back the stimulus as the economy improves, which is of course what the Government planned to do from the outset, and interprets Stephens remarks to match his argument. Even today, he’s at it again with [i]It’s the boom, stupid[/i] http://blogs.theaustralian.news.com.au/currentaccount/index.php/theaustralian/comments/its_the_boom_stupid/ where he grudgingly concedes: [i]“This $88bn budget stimulus may have been fair enough at the time. But ... “[/i] There’s always a ‘but’ and concludes: [i]”The elders [Garnaut and McFarlane] of Australia’s modern economic success are warning that the Rudd government is in danger of fighting a global financial crisis that is fast receding rather than dealing with the China boom challenges ahead.’[/i] So now he’s found a ‘China boom’ to beat-up Swan and Rudd. We bloggers should try to catalogue all the ‘dangers’, ‘challenges’, ‘tests’, and ‘threats’ that journalists insist Rudd and his Government must now face, which of course will test their competence, threaten them with failure, and finally bring about the long-awaited end of ‘the honeymoon’. Regarding [i]Insiders[/i], I wonder what Fran Kelly is making of today’s Newspoll? You piece on bootstrapping is a classic. I’ve saved it to file; I hope you won’t mind me quoting you. Michael Cusack Nice comment. vote1maxine [i]Insiders[/i] has been disappointing lately – ‘Sideliners’ is an interesting take on it. We don’t know how many in the media read our blogs and comments, but one gets the impression that they might. If that is so, hopefully we will gradually wear them down and achieve a better standard of journalism. There is plenty of room for improvement. fred The only solace for Fran Kelly in today’s [i]Newspoll[/i] might be Rudd’s narrowing by eight points in his satisfaction/dissatisfaction ratings, which no doubt she will interpret as supporting her view that the asylum seeker issue will bring down Rudd’s popularity. The rest of the poll will give her no joy at all; in fact it will cause much dismay. Whether Rudd’s rating have anything to do with asylum seekers, the TPP does not reflect any anti-Government feeling about this issue; quite to the contrary. Michael It must frustrate them beyond sanity to see that all their anti-Government propaganda, all their anti-Rudd barbs, seem to be falling on deaf ears as the Government’s poll ratings keep going up. The people are either not listening or if they are, are not believing. Their influence is waning and they and their proprietors resent this, both politically and financially. fred I saw Peter Martin’s piece – very revealing. There’s even internal revolt about media manipulation.

janice

20/10/2009Ad astra, I have a new email addy which I've entered in the appropriate box. The reason for this is too long a story but it boils down to the simple fact that it was easier (and a damned sight cheaper) to ditch the one and replace it with another. I must say I was stunned to hear Fran Kelly say Rudd should just sit back and take his medicine. There are times when I would dearly love the opportunity to hurl a rotten egg at these supercilious clowns who actually believe they are of superior intelligence and that their biased and warped opinions are worthy to be put out on national television. The ABC has definitely allowed its standards to drop. Lyn 1, maybe you could forward your post to Fran Kelly and ask if she would like to add her own pieces to the list of 'medicine' PM Rudd should sit and take.

Bilko

20/10/2009Regarding the excellent piece on the Murdoch conspiracy by Lyn 1 reminds me of a book I read many years ago by Dennis Wheatley "Such power is Dangerous" it must be Rupes bible. Fortunately today the media is not reliant on a single method of dissemination and the chance of another dismissal happening is nil. But it and the bibliography above only goes to show how corrupt the Libs are. In my simple world prior to the Dimissal, democracy is via the ballot box not the media. It is why I could never vote for the "Liberals" when its very name is an outright lie. Hostile press from day one since Kevin booted the rodent out he must really p****d Rupes off in the past.

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20/10/2009janice Are you the same janice whose email address was shortstone@bigpond.com? Is so, you’ve changed your avatar from the familiar mauve one! Fran Kelly was so over the top that if the ABC ever puts up the transcript of what she said I’ll do a piece on that. Bilko Kevin Rudd is not about to kowtow to any paper proprietor or current affairs anchorman. He’s upset Chris Mitchell, and probably Uncle Rupert too; he won’t appear on Alan Jones’ program, and he’s appeared only once on [i]Insiders[/i]. He is simply not prepared to be messed around by these people while they continue to drop on him in it from a great height. In the past, politicians have been too timid to take on the media for fear of retribution. But if they are already antagonistic, what is there to lose by verballing them in return.

janice

20/10/2009Ad Astra, I liked the mauve avatar so can you give it back to me? I only inserted the new email addy but I note the bracketed (will show your Gravatar icon) so that must have something to do with it?

bilgedigger

20/10/2009I'm awed by the diligence of Lyn1 in amassing her headline messages. Good on you! I cleared out a pile of clippings a few days ago and was surprised to come across a clipping of a Glen Milne column from the early months of this year which was full of praise for the stimulus package and what a good thing it was. Talk about feathers and being knocked over! Should have kept it but I'll have some fun tracking back on the archives to dig it out. Monica's reference to the current discussions on public broadcasting could also include the news this week that Channel 9 was wanting to close the Canberra bureau, keeping Laurie Oakes as a commentator on the evening news, but channeling all political news from Canberra through SkyNews and David Speer. It was stated in the article that Ch.7 was also initially interested in doing the same but this was later denied. I don't think I'm the only one concerned about the concentration of SkyNews/Foxtel/A-pac as the accredited sources of political news bearing in mind the evident bias shown on Sky and the parrot-like utterings of David Speers from the Liberal daily line from time to time.

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20/10/2009janice I don't know how to do that. Try going to http://www.gravatar.com/, enter your new email address, and see if your favourite avatar is available. It might be still attached to your old address, in which case we may have to accept the new one. bilgedigger It looked like they were trying to up-end Laurie - that would be quite a feat!

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20/10/2009Folks QT was awful today. The Opposition was reduced mainly to questions about asylum seekers and the economic stimulus and interest rates, hoping desperately to gain a little traction. The futility of this strategy seems not to have sunk in to the Coalition psyche. Do they not read the opinion polls? In Monday’s [i]Essential Research Report[/i], apart from a steady TPP of 58/42, in answer to the question [i]“Overall, how would you rate the performance of the Rudd Government at handling the Australian economy?[/i], 66% said excellent or good, 29% not so good or poor. Asked [i]“How do you think the Rudd Government is addressing the global financial crisis?”[/i] 68% said well, and 23% poor, the best figures for the Government since the question was first asked twelve months ago. Asked [i]”Do you think the Australian economy is over the worst of the slowdown resulting from the global financial crisis and is starting to improve or do you think it will still get worse before it starts to improve?”[/i], 68% said ‘starting to improve’, 17% said ‘will get worse’. Asked [i]“If the Liberal Party had been in power over the past two years, do you think they would have done a much better, somewhat better, somewhat worse or much worse job than the Rudd Labor Government has done in dealing with the economic crisis?”[/i], 41% said worse, 36% better. Finally, asked [i]“The Liberal Opposition says that Australia’s economy would have turned around without the stimulus package which the Labor Government put in place. The Rudd Government says that without the stimulus package, Australia would have gone into a much deeper recession and thousands of more Australians would have lost their jobs. Which is closer to your view?”[/i] 54% said ‘the Labor Government’s view, while only 24% said ‘the Liberal Opposition’s view’. There were also questions on the impact of interest rate rises. Just over half (52%) of those surveyed think that the 0.25% increase in interest rates will have some impact on their personal financial situation – 7% think the increase will have a substantial impact, 17% think it will have a moderate but measurable impact and 28% think it will have a slight impact. 36% think the increase will have no impact. To the proposition [i]"The rise in interest rates is a sign the economy is beginning to improve and reflects a positive trend in the economy"[/i], 55% agreed, and to the proposition [i]”The rise in interest rates is primarily due to reckless and excessive stimulus spending of the Rudd Labor Government and has nothing to do with the economic recovery”[/i], only 23% agreed. The whole report is at http://www.essentialmedia.com.au/Media/Essential_Report_191009.pdf and Possum’s analysis at http://blogs.crikey.com.au/pollytics/2009/10/20/essential-report-gfc-management-edition/ What more evidence does the Coalition need to be convinced that the ‘anti-stimulus’, ‘interest rates’ arguments are sterile? Today’s [i]Newspoll[/i] http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/ had an even poorer TPP, 59/41, the worse since June 2008. The PPM stakes have Rudd on 65%, Turnbull on 19%. While Turnbull’s satisfaction has gone down just one point, dissatisfaction has risen six points, giving a negative rating of 22 points, the worst since August. The only negative for Rudd is the narrowing of his satisfaction/dissatisfaction rating by eight points to 63/28 to a positive rating of 35 points. It could be attributed to his utterances on asylum seekers, but the rest of the poll does not support that view. Possum’s analysis is at http://blogs.crikey.com.au/pollytics/2009/10/20/newspoll-tuesday-more-pain-for-malcolm/ The Coalition’s persistence with its attack on the Government’s asylum seeker approach is not supported by this poll – why does it persist? It shows how motherless bereft the Coalition is of issues that might give it political traction.

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20/10/2009[i]The Coalition’s persistence with its attack on the Government’s asylum seeker approach is not supported by this poll – why does it persist? [/i] I think it's because the Coalition parties are badly advised. Murdoch has told them, through his editors and key journalists, that he can swing the next election (or at least substantially improve their polling position) by relentlessly chipping away at the edifice that Labor has built up. This is being done with negative and - if necessary - false "stories". And it used to work... once upon a time. But not any more, or at least not as easily. The internal memorandum from Adelaide today reveals both the attempt by editors to directly "manufacture" news (this was the term used) and the resistance among self-respecting journalists to that policy. Rudd has thrown down the gauntlet by refusing to appear on the more egregious radio and TV shows, presumably until they reform their wicked ways. Speaking of gauntlets, the Coalition cannot land a glove on the government, so they attack Ken Henry as being in lockstep with Rudd and Swan. It does not appear to occur to the Coalition that Henry agrees with the government because he believes the government is correct. No, it must be partisan hackery. That's all they can think of by way of explanation, because partisan hackery is what [i]they[/i] would organise. Today Quentin Bryce was added to the mix of those unable to readily publicly themselves from Coalition attacks. Last night it was Kerry O'Brien. The Coalition have gone feral in their ire, as have their mates in the Murdoch media who readily and eagerly publish these "stories", usually sourced from Senate Inquiry transcripts or directly from emails from "Liberal insiders", often quoted verbatim. But the Murdoch media's advice to the Coalition - to just sit tight and wait for the killer scandal - is bad. It gives the Coalition a false sense of hope, and most sadly, permits them to be lazy. Hence we see all the old shibboleths - Labor interest rates, Labor debt, Labor's immigration policy - rehashed and trotted out as sufficient to bring down a government. On Insiders the supposedly cluey journalists showed they really do not have [i]any[/i] clue at all. They get it wrong so consistently, so completely and so regularly that the program's name "Insiders" has become a standing joke. They mostly have only second rate, glaring, Liberals on the show, wagging fingers, making faces and generally telling the few who still watch the program what Rudd "must do". Hardly anyone from Labor has been on for weeks. How can this possibly be interpreted as presenting the "inside" story, if only the Coalition's point of view is presented. Perhaps they should change the name to "Onesiders"? Or perhaps "Outsiders"? "Insiders" has become a cheap farce of amateurish, inept, and plain [i]wrong[/i] analysis. If the Liberals and Nationals are actually believing the bootstrap campaigns behind the alleged "groundswells" of public opinion against Rudd and his policy "debacles", they are very foolish indeed.

janice

21/10/2009Ad astra, I think perhaps the avatars are attached to the email address so we will have to get used to my new one. It is beyond my comprehension why the coalition persist in beating their heads against a brick wall. I was always taught that if you have nothing constructive to say it is better to say nothing lest you appear foolish. I agree with your comments regarding Insiders, Bushfire Bill. The programme is as you say, a cheap farce of amateurish, inept and plain wrong analysis.

Bushfire Bill

21/10/2009Janice, what upset me about Insiders last Sunday was that they abandoned virtually any pretence of rational analysis of current political issues. Instead they demonstrably made value judgements, and then proceeded to moralise about immigration. They actively became part of the political process, and seemed happy and eager to do so, rather than being commentators upon it. They displayed shock, outrage, and bemusement about Rudd's words and deeds on the subject of immigration, after having just allowed Sharman Stone 10 minutes of squinty-eyed finger-wagging at the government without once putting up a policy of her own, indeed saying that it wasn't her job! Rudd copped it, while Stone got a free pass.

BH

21/10/2009Ad Astra - have you tried emailing or speaking to some of those journos about this. Might be a good time to point out that the more they carry on like this the less time we'll have to bother with them. We can get our information from other sources now. Fabulous listing by Lyn 1 - congrats for that.

janice

21/10/2009Bushfire Bill, I had the same reaction as you did to Sunday's programme. It beggars belief that the ABC persist in presenting only those panelists with anti-labor views and it seems to me they choose from the dregs of the fourth estate to boot. Perhaps it is because anyone with any integrity and intelligence make themselve unavailable? Ikeshut, IMHO those who threw the stones at PM Rudd when he used the expression 'fair shake of the sauce bottle' just showed how little they know about the Aussie vernacular. These expressions vary from district to district and anywhere you go in Australia you can add another variation to one expression or another - that is if you are interested in people and willing to listen and learn how they view life. When all the critics were huffing and puffing I couldn't help but think to myself that these people have missed out on so much if they haven't met the characters I have met in my lifetime whose colorful expressions would fill a library wall. One such character comes to mind - he was known locally as "On it" because he ended every sentence uttered with 'on it, y'know'. He was a wonderful story teller and always found a captive audience among his farmer clients who loved his descriptive language, such as when he described a block of land someone purchased that was 'so thick with lantana a dog couldn't bark in it' (on it, y'know). Can you imagine Malcolm Turnbull and Christopher Pyne, to name two, being comfortable with and able to comprehend a conversation with ON IT? I'm pretty certain Kevin Rudd would not feel an outsider in such company.

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21/10/2009BB I think you’re right that the Coalition’s advisors must be either too few or incompetent. Today’s QT was again a stark exhibition of the poverty of thought that afflicts the Opposition. There were ‘point-scoring’ questions about planning for the NBN, about which the Liberals wish to delay a vote, again, but which gave the Government the opportunity to explain its value; two abortive questions from Sussan Ley questioning the distribution of the AFP report, which she claimed contained a warning that the changes to the Government’s border protection had softened it and had become a ‘pull’ factor, and more questions from Sharman Stone about asylum seekers, but none on the arrangements made for the recently rescued people, and in reference to the new deal being discussed with Indonesia, only a question about funding for it. It looks as if the Coalition attack on asylum seekers has been/will be blunted by these new arrangements with Indonesia. QT was followed by a MPI on, wait for it, ‘the Government’s reckless spending’! As you say, the Coalition seems to be waiting for the killer scandal, the sensational mistake, or the earth-shattering event that will devastate the Government. That might happen, but after two years of sure-footed performance it’s becoming more and more unlikely. In the meantime the media niggles away with inconsequential stories, such as the recent turnover of Rudd’s staff, and now Quentin Bryce’s. If one can judge from the polls, the people are not listening, believing or caring. I like your new word for [i]Insiders[/i] – [i]Onesiders[/i]. janice Your new avatar is fine – I’ll look forward to seeing again and again. The Coalition should reflect on the saying: ‘A shut mouth catches no flies.’ BH I wouldn’t know where to start; the good journos don’t need to be told; the indifferent ones probably wouldn’t have the good sense to take advice from a mere blogger – after all they know it all. I just hope some of them do read the political blogs and take note of the feedback.

Bushfire Bill

21/10/2009There is always The Decisive Moment. The moment when a malfeasor decides to do the dirty deed. A tax avoider will say to his accountant, "Bugger the Tax Office. Just rort it." The rest is dressed up in legal and technical finery, maybe even as far as the High Court. I remember Kerry Packer coming close to this in public when he asked the rhetorical question, "Can you give me one good reason why I should pay one cent more in tax than I need to?" to a Senate inquiry many years ago. I guess senior Nazis got together over a schnapps one horrible night and one of them said, "Let's just kill all the Jews and get it over with," while the rest agreed that was the only option. The bank robber asks his mate in the pub, "Why don't we rob the Toorak branch?" The corrupt official accepts the bribe, saying, "If you pay me I'll make sure your development application gets through." Clear, simple and to the point. There's a moment when the words have to be uttered so everyone's clear on what's to be done. Somewhere, sometime, every scam has to have a decisive moment, the moment when all involved decide to carry out their caper, and agree on it in no uncertain, specifically uttered terms. Later on, of course, their lawyers might argue the Crown's case to a standstill, citing "Legal Professional Privelege" (as in the AWB case), or the defendant might offer restitution, claiming "oversight" or "I forgot". The waters can indeed become muddied. I can remember sitting in the newsroom at a major television station in 1981, a lowly newstape editor, tasked with delivering a message to the Editor In Chief. I walked in on a meeting about the Lindy Chamberlain case. As I stood there hoping to catch the Editor's eye, one of the senior journalists said, "Fuck it. She's a baby killer. Let's get her." The assembled senior editors all nodded. After that they dressed up their Chamberlain coverage in journalistic weasel words, like "it is alleged" and "is said to have" and "our sources tell us"... but the decision had been made - "Let's get her" - and that set the tone for future coverage. And get her they did... wrongly. The memo published by Peter Martin concerning journalistic gripes about management attitude at the Adelaide Advertiser revealed such a decisive moment. A snapshot, frozen in time, when the shell of pretence and obfuscation blew away to reveal the core of the situation: management at Murdoch's (and probably everyone else's) newspapers and media outlets specifically instruct their journalists to pursue a certain line and are relentless, even savage in their insistence until the journalist comes up with the goods. The same editors who write stories about how Rudd harasses his staff themselves harass their own staff, in ways much worse, because their object is to distort, even invent the news, and to do so with a bent political line to plug at the behest of their Big Boss, Rupert. Certainly there are some journalists who don't need too much prodding to do the dirty on the present government. Milne, Bolt, Akerman, Stutchbury and Steve Lewis come to mind. They have a single, personal agenda: ridicule, distort, belittle [i]anything[/i] Rudd or his governent does. Of course they deny it, but it's so plain from a simple reading of their words and themes, you wonder why they bother. The rest, the journeymen and women, the hacks and the nine-to-fivers, the regular reporters, just want to make it to retirement without the aggro their editors are (in their desperation to reverse the ebb of the print medium) putting down upon them. I feel sorry for them, sort of. But if you lie down with the devil you might get burnt. That memorandum was quite revealing. IT showed us that, despite all the denials, there really [i]is[/i] a political agenda at News; that every day News' editors instruct the journalists to nobble the news, corrupt the process, get at the witnesses, trawl for opinions, any opinions, as long as they follw the Murdoch line. It's obvious that they have been doing this for a long, long time now, but occasionally it's also nice to see the hard evidence that every decisive moment must have: somewhere, sometime there is a decider, a person who says, "Let's do it. Let's get them," and has the authority to have his or her instructions carried out. I know anyone reading this might say, "Of course! How naive to think otherwise!". All I am saying is that occasionally it's nice to see it in stark black and white, no bullshit, no obfuscation, no smarmy double-speak, just the unvarnished evidence that th political news dished up to us as "factual" is corrupt and, much of the time, completely fabricated.

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21/10/2009BB Nice analysis. The News Limited agenda was always clear; the [i]Advertiser[/i] memo confirms this in black and white. I've just posted [i]'The Insiders' give us 'insight' on border protection[/i]. There were two News Limited journalists on last Sunday’s panel discussing [i]Border protection to test Rudd's popularity[/i], which is the subject of the piece.

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22/10/2009This is slightly oblique to the topic but I thought this would of interest to yourself and your readers. Yesterday I received my copy of the October 2009 issue of Ozwords, a publication of the Australian National Dictionary Centre, which included an article ‘Folk Etymology in Australian English’ by the Director of the Centre, Bruce Moore. The article discussed Kevin Rudd’s recent use of the expression “fair shake of the sauce bottle”. The comments (by a professional lexicographer) are interesting compared with the derisive responses by members of the Opposition and the media to Rudd’s use of the expression. Moore points out that the expression has been used as early as the mid-1990s. The first usage recorded by the Australian National Dictionary Centre was by the Liberal senator Rod Kemp in a speech at a Senate Estimates Committee in 1995: “Mr. Chairman, just so that all of us feel that we have had a fair shake of the sauce bottle, my colleague also has quite a number of environmental questions.” As explained in the article the underlying idiom is the phrase “fair go”, which was first recorded in the early 1900s. Variants or elaborations of “fair go” began to appear later: “fair crack of the whip” (by 1924); “fair suck of the sauce bottle” and “fair suck of the sav” (late 1960s and early 1970s); “fair shake of the sauce bottle” (from mid-1990s). Relevant to a transition from “fair suck of the sauce bottle” to “fair shake of the sauce bottle” is the precise meaning of “sauce bottle”. Moore considers it likely that the concept of the original “sauce bottle” was a bottle of cheap wine or beer passed hand-to-hand. He adds: [quote]To those not familiar with the ‘sauce bottle’ of plonk, the idiom ‘fair suck of the sauce bottle’ must have sounded puzzling. Once an idiom becomes befuddled by puzzlement, it is often refashioned or remodelled by the ‘folk’ (the technical term is ‘folk etymology’) to make sense.[/quote] Thus it is the process of folk etymology which underlies Rudd’s use of “fair shake of the sauce bottle”. [quote]Once the sauce bottle became detached from its grog sense, the idiom needed to be refashioned, and it moved from bottles of cheap plonk on park benches to the domesticated world of the backyard barbecue. The literalised barbecue associations of the bottle of congealed sauce perhaps generated the ‘saveloy’ and ‘sausage’ variations. The latest version, ‘fair shake of the sauce bottle’, shows that for most people, all contact with the original ‘sauce bottle’ has been lost." (Moore 2009)[/quote] Certain of the media were quick to ridicule Kevin Rudd’s use of the expression, but (surprise, surprise) their utterances apparently lacked substance.

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22/10/2009Ikeshut Welcome to [i]The Political Sword[/i]. An interesting account of ‘fair shake of the sauce bottle’. Maybe I’m wrong, but I thought that was a saying when I was a kid in Queensland many years ago. Your accounts suggests it has a more recent origin. In any case, the media reaction was a sterile beat-up, hoping to diminish Rudd, but like most media attempts to do this, it backfired.

Ikeshut

22/10/2009Ad Astra, your recollection is probably correct. The dating of the phrase ‘fair shake of the sauce bottle’ from the mid-1990s is the first [quote]published[/quote] reference. The Australian National Dictionary Centre collects references or citations from published sources such as newspapers, literature, transcriptions of speech, etc., which establish the chronology of the use of a word (or phrase) and substantiate the definition or definitions. Because the approach is based on strict historical principals, relying on printed evidence, it has the disadvantage that it misses the use of words and phrases in everyday speech before they find their way into print. If the earliest discovery in print (so far) of the phrase ‘fair shake of the sauce bottle’ was Senator Rod Kemp’s usage in 1995, it is safe to assume it was being used in the general population before then, possibly for decades beforehand. For anybody who is interested the classic reference on Australian English based on historical principles, [quote]The Australian National Dictionary[/quote] (edited by William Ramson; Oxford University Press, 1988), has recently been made available on-line. The on-line version of the [quote]Australian National Dictionary[/quote] can be found at http://203.166.81.53/and/. I understand the Australian National Dictionary Centre is currently working on a new edition of this fantastic dictionary.

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22/10/2009Ikeshut Thanks for the link to the [i]Australian National Dictionary[/i], which I’ve stored in my Favourites. I looked for ‘fair shake of the sauce bottle’ but couldn’t locate the reference. Could you please walk me through the steps I should take?

Ikeshut

23/10/2009Ad Astra, you won’t be able to find ‘fair shake of the sauce bottle’ in the on-line [quote] Australian National Dictionary [/quote] because its content is that which was published in 1988. However, to find ‘fair go’ and its elaborations such as ‘fair crack of the whip’ and ‘fair suck of the sauce bottle’, do a search on “fair” or otherwise select F on the Browse option and then select “fair, a1” on the left side. These, of course, are only those citations that had been collected by 1988. Until the new edition of the [quote]Australian National Dictionary [/quote] is published the best way to keep up-to-date with new Australian words and phrases (and new scholarship on older Australian words and phrases) is to subscribe to the Australian National Dictionary Centre’s publication [quote]Ozwords[/quote], which is published twice a year and is free to anybody who wishes to subscribe. The newsletter includes feature articles on Australian English by Australian National Dictionary Centre staff and guest contributors, as well as information on research, publications, and work in progress being undertaken by the Centre. If you would like to subscribe to [quote]Ozwords[/quote] send your details to the Subscription Manager at Ozwords.au@oup.com ; the newsletter can either be posted or sent by electronic format to your e-mail address. Back-issues of [quote]Ozwords[/quote] are available on-line at http://www.anu.edu.au/ANDC/pubs/ozwords/index.php

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23/10/2009Ikeshut I found 'fair shake of the sauce bottle' under a 'fair' search. Thank you.
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