I see the media have decided to make the campaign interesting by giving the Opposition a leg-up. Tony Abbott calls the government “deeply dysfunctional” and it’s headline news (imagine, an Opposition leader calling the Government names!). Andrew Robb says the leaks (probably by a former Cabinet member like Lindsay Tanner) show a government “in chaos” and it leads the ABC News site – on which the other top election stories are “Gillard heads ‘a dysfunctional government”, “Swan in damage control over leaks”, “Swan frustrated by talk of rat in Labor ranks” etc.
FIVE of the seven election stories on ABC News right now are about Laurie Oakes’ bloody leaks story.
Some “left-wing media”. They’re giving Abbott free kicks all over the place. And boring the rest of us silly.
ELSEWHERE: News Ltd grudgingly gives the ALP a bit of play now that they’re pandering to its laura norder fixation.
Much easier than providing a fundamentally necessary service like dentalcare. Much less constructive, of course, but when success is measured in column inches…
UPDATE 30/7: Next day’s ABC News: two of the four stories are about the leak. The other ones are Gillard taking a “poll hit”, and the Coalition appointing an environment commissioner. See if you can detect a pattern.