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Sunday, 18 February 2007
Sunday political talkies: Costello fronts the downward polls for yesterday's man PM Howard
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: election Oz 2007

Author’s note: 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.



10 Meet the Press 8-8.30 am


Quality 2nd string network, good show, lower audience than 9 or 7, both low for Sundays anyway. Traverse of press headlines first including PM under pressure to get Hicks back home (9 Sunday at 9am is doing a special story today) ‘before the election’. That’s great, justice on an election timetable.


Costello Treasurer appears in this serious election year. Shows the stakes are high to appear on 10.


Hicks in gitmo 5 years is first issue. Costello suggests legal advice at invitation of Biorgiono ‘as a barrister’ re hearsay, duress of evidence ets,  almost certainly no practicing certificate which would make  his offering advice on public tv illegal (Legal Practitioners Act 2004 NSW) – ‘straight forward case Hicks trained with international terrorist and mercenary group Al Qaeda., wasn’t on a backpacker holiday’. All of this is highly contested in fact. Shows how sleazy he is.


In fact his very first sentence as per the old saying about lies and pollie mouths moving was a lie (refer the transcript in due course) “Charges have been laid” but as Faulkner proved in Senate proceedings, Hicks hasn’t actually been “charged”, a draft has been commenced or some such waffle.


First advert Hicks father Terry pleads for his son return. Strong and impacting echoes Sunday press headlines.


Panel: Peter Lewis The Aust, Peter Hartcher Fairfax (both serious hitters) particularly latter. Economy in focus. Detail on the transcript. Rudd experience no different to Costello at similar stage of his career. The Q is the answer really. He is not indispensable.

Nicholson very funny animation re barking coalition dogs.


2nd adbreak has climate change special for 10 on March 4 ‘CoolAid’ with Al Gore, which against corrodes Federal Govt credibility.


Minchin said $10B not to cabinet is okay, Costello says it’s a huge investment. Notice the non sequitor of Minchin.


Costello addresses climate change and rejects skeptical line, science is in. About taking action now. Big investment in new technology eg largest solar plant in the world.

Agrees carbon trading globally will happen, no time line for here in next few months “can’t give you a time”.


Pressed on leadership as per The Bulletin: fanciful.


Those adverts were quite a mugging too.


 Transcript in due course www.ten.com.au/meetthepress



7 Weekend Sunrise, 8.35-40 am


Humourous, quite edgy as usual.


As per ‘guts and courage’ of [flapping gum] pollies in federal parliament long way from the front.


Run USA shock jocker with allusions to Howard Mick Dundee joke of dude with the adams apple in drag as per LA sequel of crocodile Dundee (the line run by SAM here:

Garrett roasted on pausing before confirming his sell out to pragmatic ALP over US bases war machine on our soil via Geraldton not to mention Pine Gap.


Polling pressure remains in coming week on PM says sharp observer Mark Riley behind the smiles.


Web page here but no transcript usually: http://www.seven.com.au/sunrise/weekend

[2 and 9 shows to follow later this morning, subject to Iemma Launch Hurstville at 10.30 AM Civic Centre McMahon St]



2 Insiders (abc) 9-10 am,  http://www.abc.net.au/insiders/ 


Foreign Affairs shadow Robert McLelland speaks well and moderate style suits. Age shows experienced approach to relationships.


Grey power everyman interview panel of blokes looks like local bowling clubhouse. Yep it is. Question PM attack on Obama – diversionary tactic, friendly discussion and disagreement. Genuine but ill judged.


Panel: David Marr Fairfax Sydney Morning Herald, Piers Akerman Telegraph News Ltd rival to Marr, Misha Age Fairfax? (Melbourne).


Paul Kelly speech: Turn up heat on Rudd re Iraq, diversion from climate change. Rudd was the real target. Not a good week from Howard.


Rudd has flexibility in Iraq position. Basis of Baker Hamilton Report founds Rudd position so hard to be attacked.


Costello dimension to all this? Most effective amusing performer in Parliament was Costello. ALP will have to deal with him on the economy. Next PM after Howard Rudd or Costello.


Debate repeated on PNN 630 news radio  at 11 am.



9 Sunday 9-10.30am (to follow) http://sunday.ninemsn.com.au/sunday/


Goes ahead with David Hicks in gitmo 5 years,  sympathy piece about lack of just process. Quite right regardless of merits. 9 runs Get Up advert with Terry Hicks father voice over, perhaps same as 10 above I didn’t notice attribution.


Strong story. 5 years too long.Dick Smith has bought in and turns up high blown rhetoric about wars fought to preserve civil liberties and justice system Hicks being denied.


Downer is 9 with Oaks, starts out on Hicks. Arrangement 10 days ago sentence in Australia. 'Hicks still going to rot in jail?' is the tone. Refer transcript.


Posted by editor at 8:40 AM EADT
Updated: Sunday, 18 February 2007 9:40 AM EADT

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