Anyway, about the actual policy debate…

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.

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11 responses to “Anyway, about the actual policy debate…

  1. Splatterbottom

    Jeremy: “FIVE of the seven election stories on ABC News right now are about Laurie Oakes’ bloody leaks story.

    The ALP decided to rush to an election even when it was still soaked in Rudd’s blood. Now a vengeful hand is reaching from beyond the political grave to rip and tear the new vampire elite who would drain the life from the country.

    In NSW we have seen the debasement that follows when winning is everything and policy is just another lie to be spun into Labor’s web of deceit. The ALP has moved its focus from ideas and principles to the trivial pursuit of power.

  2. FIVE of the seven election stories on ABC News right now are about Laurie Oakes’ bloody leaks story.

    A classic case of the media disappearing up its own arse. The public doesn’t care about who’s leaking the stories but the media are utterly obsessed with it.

    It’s the tastiest bit of royal court intrigue they’ve come across in years – they’re caught up in the giddy excitement of a treasure hunt set for them by Grandpa Oaks.

  3. yeh its tiring to sift through the trash to find news

    although I am glad they are banning the importation of flails and foot claws …ninja related violence has been the prime issue for me this election

  4. jordanrastrick

    Gotta watch out for those ninjas.

  5. baldrickjones

    Jeremy’s news watch – busting any news he deems unworthy of debate, especially if it favours the Coallition.

  6. Yeah, that’s a fair summary of this post.

    Honestly, the trolls you get nowadays…

  7. “The ALP has moved its focus from ideas and principles to the trivial pursuit of power.”

    The Coalition even more so. Funny how they don’t attract your ire, though.

  8. Splatterbottom

    Buns, it is only a matter of setting your watch, sitting back and waiting for the coalition to implode. It won’t take long.

    In the meantimet what is truly sickening is the cynical game being played by the Labor right: wielding the knife on a leader immediately he suffers a dip in the polls, installing a puppet and capitalising on the honeymoon period while postponing all difficult decisions. Labor has made itself a small target to attract small-minded suckers to vote for them. I doubt voters are that stupid.

  9. “…ninja related violence has been the prime issue for me this election”.

    Maybe they should relax immigration levels for pirates as a counter….

  10. Splatterbottom

    Question to party leaders – “Have your parties done a deal?” – Answer: “Dunno. I wasn’t in the room at the time”. Nothing to see here, move along please.

  11. I’ m not approving any more of your comments about your wacky conspiracy theory, SB. Stop wasting my time.

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