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sydney alternative media - non-profit community independent trustworthy
Sunday, 20 April 2008
Sunday tv talkies: Polyanna summit reportage not scrutiny of federal budget prep?
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: aust govt


Author’s general introductory note (skip this bit if you know this regular weekly column):



This is not a well packaged story. It’s a contemporaneous traverse of the Sunday television free to air political talkies indicating the agenda of Establishment interests: Better to know ones rivals and allies  in Big Politics and Big Media.



Indeed it’s the tv version monitoring task similar to what Nelson Mandela refers to here in his book Long Walk to Freedom (1994, Abacus) written in Robben Island prison (where he was meant to die like other African resister chiefs of history in the 19C), at page 208



“..newspapers are only a shadow of reality; their information is important to a freedom fighter not because it reveals the truth, but because it discloses the biases and perceptions of both those who produce the paper and those who read it.”

Just substitute ‘Sunday tv political talkie shows’ for "newspapers" in the quote above.

For actual transcripts go to web sites quoted below except with Riley Diary on 7. And note transcripts don’t really give you the image content value.

Media backgrounders


We have a big swag of dodgy NSW Govt clips some of them more serious than others but the trend is clear and not some “media beat up”. Vision of Carr heading for Iemma at 2020 opening.  Latest story about Iemma Costa being charged and suspended from the ALP via Alexandria Branch. 600 versus 150 on power privitisation says the press reportage by Clennell etc in SMH.



Nightly news after day 1 is replete with naïve idealism about clever ALP branding much like Peter Garrett’s ACF Mittagong Forum co option process for his personal career into ALP federal ministry. Naïve, naïve, naïve. It doesn’t matter what is said in meetings for all the free media profile. Father Chris Riley told the truth.


One thing the Summit does show is the general patriotism of high achievers ‘wanting to serve’, which is indeed good and admirable. What is not is the cynicism of the Federal ALP machine raising their expectations for barely any honest purpose of profile build and pre budget . The ABC live net feed is down this Sunday too so far. That’s weak. Hang it’s back at 915 am at least. With Sky News David Spears interviewing talented Muslim woman and Tanya Plybersek against illustrating it’s a staging for ALP MPs.


Almost no new ideas contrary to Rudd opening speech.


Sunday 9


Greenwood story with Graeme Samuel as head of ACCC term may end/renew for 5 years on July 1. Very fast talking for limited time. Looks like a job interview/review on air with support of RG/9-Sunday.


Feature about medieval books – no doubt worthy.


Anzac primer re Kokoda Track [we did it solo in 1990, 1 week of malaria as a result, relapse back in Oz. The problem is learning but not glorifying war, which is evil.]


Laurie Oakes interview Julie Bishop – takes a sledge re Rudd reading down Garnaut, surprising green line. Takes another sledge re Medicare Gold [only a huge budget surplus, so how stupid was it?]


Argues strongly on a range of things – sounds like a leader in fact. Not so much supporting Nelson. LO puts THE exact question. Defty avoids direct answer. Committed to deputy work is her formula. Not going to hypotheticals. Blah blah.


Petrol commissioner story – runs a technical glitches on implementation to embarrass. While saying good for transparency. Cute but trustworthy angles?


JB nails the budget point about summit as a distraction. Compare’s Republican Convention. 2 weeks on one issue. Points out raised expectations of genuine folks. Is it just a stunt?


Acquits herself really well. Some style comments. Got the cute quick thinking charm schtik down pat, but needs the serious and gravitas to generate trust in the centre. Less opportunistic and more public interest if she wants to build broader trust. May mean dressing down, flashing that glinty smile less, and emoting more.






10 Meet the Press:  8- 8-30 am

Hot air and waste of time say critics of 2020. Summit dominates press coverge today says Paul Bongioro as compere. Trouble is none of them are new ideas!


Out take of Nelson growing in the job with a well calculated formula of words.


Panel is Maria Hawthorne AAP, John Stanley 2UE?


Steven Smith patter, steady as she goes. PNG meeting since.


Outtake Nicholson re world not domestic focus danger for manic Rudd dreaming stellar heights, a theme from last week’s Insiders.


Tim Costello second guest on binge drinking. [No new voices from 2020 summit really proving it’s a machine operation.] Talks very well as usual. Crops for ethanol is rubbish just like West Wing episode years back now (2005?).


Meet The Press - Watch Political Video Online - Channel TEN.





Riley Diary 7

World tour wrap, amusing. Nothing particularly profound except this: Rudd skipped the Button funeral bad form [and we wonder perhaps that it was Button's real free thinking like calling the native forest woodchipping industry as in Tasmania today "a bastard of an industry". If Rudd went he risked exactly this kind of media question?




Insiders 2: 9- 10am


Uhlmann points out political choreography for Rudd, as above venal politics, which indeed is a daydream. [or a charade Chris]


Cross to Deputy PM Gillard – dressed in darker clothes with gravitas – note ambitious Julie Bishop.


Gillard drones on. Aim about big ideas – it’s timed to run interference on the pre budget phase of the govt. Pretty clever and dishonest too.


Every person segment with gogo dancer class, 3 women. Entertaining and colourful.


[the summit does indeed promote the idea of meritocracy rather than privilege at least to some degree by even making the invitation and selection process]


Bolt goes sincere about “manufactured consensus”. Says very arrogant self appointed like minded groups.


Footage of Geraldine Doogue “fawning” to PM Rudd at Sydney Institute re Rudd ingratiating with media luminaries. Cross reference to Wall Street Journal Asia editorial 18th (19?) April 08


Schubert agrees exercising co-option, full marks. Robust debate about republic media discussion.


Talking pictures. Bill Leak big fan of Cate Blanchette betrays his ancestry there. Spin by Rudd on GG is fair and cutting. 


Gippsland candidates named but 


Olympic Torch in Canberra on Thursday. Millions on inquiry re sunk Sydney is waste. Peter Costello around for a year as back up to Turnbull. 


Home page is http://www.abc.net.au/insiders/


Posted by editor at 11:46 AM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 20 April 2008 1:51 PM NZT

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