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July 31, 2012

Steve Bracks, the former Premier of Victoria, makes a good comment on the ABC's Lateline about the way the media frame politics in terms of leadership contests. He says:

my view is that we will see a very stable, strong policy period up to the next two years, up to the next election - or 18 months. I don't sense any movement at all in relation to the leadership, frankly, and I think we're seeing that really being put to bed currently. Look, if I can be frank with you, I think it's largely a media issue. It's always the case - and I made reference to some of this in my book as well - that sometimes the media get worried that they might miss a story so they want to get ahead of the story. And then in getting ahead of it, they want to make the story themselves.

I reckon that it is a media issue as well. Another example is the tensions that were endlessly predicted by the media around NSW senator Lee Rhiannon knocking off Christine Milne in the post Bob Brown Greens. These leadership tensions have failed to eventuate in conflict.

Bracks adds that he doesn't see the leadership issue being talked about publicly on the street and that he thinks people expect that the Labor Party have resolved this matter. The reason? Federal Labor have got a leader who has been confirmed by an overwhelming majority and I think they want to see the Government just get on with the job.

Bracks may be optimistic on the stable, strong policy period, but the Canberra media Gallery's obsession with leadership issues has become tiresome and tedious. I'm coming around to the view that they can only talk about this --at the exclusion of policy---because that is all they are capable of doing. Or is it simply lazy journalism. Stirring the leadership pot also probably required of them to sell newspapers. It's tabloid click bait.

But even click bait can becomes so cliched that it simply turns people off. People then become aware how impoverished the public discourse is around politics and how much junk the media produces. So we start to give up reading the newspapers.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 1:51 PM | | Comments (4)


I don't think it's all they can write/talk about, but Rupert's given them their orders.

If the msm really start to look at the Noalition, they will be exposed as the policy, vision, integrity and honesty free zone that they are.

The MSM can't stand the thought they were caught out in 2010. This, together with Kevin Rudd's ego and News Ltd's political agenda, means that it is an issue which will be revisited ad nauseum (presumably, until one bully or anther gets their way). It also seems too that whenever the PM has some positive traction with voters, the leadership issue is trotted out just to remind all and sundry that the PM is a backstabbing B****. Time to give up on the MSM altogether and get blogging!

John Pilger on Murdocracy in Australia

Michael Wolff in the Guardian argues that:

the new, newspaper-focused company, appears to becoming ever more an Australia-focused company. News Corp's interest in Australia's biggest pay-TV company, FoxTel (News Corporation owns 25% and has recently made a $2bn bid, now before regulators, to buy up to 50%), and Sky New Zealand are, apparently, set to become a part of News Corp. With or without the British papers, Australia will be the dominant force in this new company. It's a company that seems custom designed for Lachlan (who, according to friends, has cultivated an Australian disdain for Britain and become an advocate for selling the British papers), and one that is ready to run in the Murdoch model: using the cash flow from newspapers (there is intensive cost-cutting at all of the Australian papers in an effort to maximize profits) to buy television assets.

Poor Australia.