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sydney alternative media - non-profit community independent trustworthy
Sunday, 6 April 2008
Sunday political talkies: Fed Govt in lock down budget prep/PM absence, Nelson grasping at PR straws?
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.


Sunday 9

Great footage of RBA Glenn Stevens looking well in control and long view on economic history. Looks fit and strong no fear or favour kind of bloke. Real balancer to front page Telegraph yesterday.

Feature on architects sustainability re dangerous climate change, feature on criminal/medical confusion over child death. Coulthard has it, it’s a tough tough story, not nearly as politically impacting as the butcher of Bega story. I found it confusing to understand the merits.

Laurie Oakes with Jenny Macklin super portfolio of various social welfare. Geofrey Boycott of politics? Dull voice, looking a little bleary eyed which doesn’t mean much really. Not really looking happy in her job is possibly more important. Old people solidarity re[Therese’s fitout. Fact is she is fat. Bottom line (poor pun that). Needs counseling on her diet. Really.]


10 Meet the Press:  8- 8-30 am

Footage of Nelson sewing poison about Ruddster overseas in budget season. Acting PM JG looking lean and a little browner, is talent. Unlike McGauran she does look like an “exotic bird” and maybe not in a gilded cage either. The gild is in her ornamental

Mal Farr and Brad Norington of two News Ltd heavies on the panel. Go straight to panel which is different. Deb Rice stand in as compere and usually tops. Should have led in with a question on Rudd absence but perhaps a lame line of inquiry anyway, too orthodox. Smarter tactic to go straight to attack ‘dogs’. And it is a hard fought interview both ways.

Will ‘working families’ be better off?

Conversion of LPG be cut? Good question follows article during week. JG takes a while to decline rule in or out “game”. [deadly serious game]

Rice comes in re computers in schools is it a”a shambles”? JG rejects outright.

Out take of Nelson in radio booth with eyes looking very puffy, over work, wrong computer screen CRD versus LCD!? (my problem).

Teachers Union has polished PR advert, This one with kind authoritive father figure, youthful daughter students. Very proper. Compare older aunty in power suit style ad break last week, and 2nd adbreak.

Probing question on US election – diplomatic formula answer, fair enough

Farr quite anxious is going hard on computers before time runs out. Cost onto state school budgets for support systems. Mal Farr goes hard, technical staging process type answer.

Rice is tetchy too on scheduling perhaps – about costly by elections –

2nd adbreak – older aunty in power suit teacher union ad break.

Buy in interview with McCain as republican, older, bright eyed. Plays the phone call at 3am, but will an old grumpy man really be best suited, or a fit fresh younger man?

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

Riley Diary 7

[previous segment on inevitable Therese Rein dress ups, all a bit “shallow” they admit and “very accomplished”. She is “representing Australia” actually not really as the spouse so the fact she still is means we have adopted her as the two in one package and fair enough for such a big brain.

Nelson listening tour – insightful – as usual and pretty harsh as to his ability to employ the common touch. All a bit unreal seems to be the gist. Then for balance harsh grabs on bureaucratise of “Kevinator”. Footage – deputy sheriff half salute, under pressure lies about just saying hello, when


Insiders 2: 9- 10am

Incredible sound track of Stones ‘pleased to me you’ which is actually a song about the Devil, for real, so is it the USA, European ‘evil empire’ from ABC kremlin sly dig? Or just shallow match of lyrics. Funny, and such good music.

Nelson footage in radio booth.

Panel – David Marr looking fit and rested.

Press – ironic tone about Rudd celebrity stuff. Lenore Taylor who may have jumped to the Australian. Gerard Henderson – solidarity of all for Therese [while all glad they are not as fat.]

Cross is to Stephen Smith – Zimbabwe violent political fix in a 2nd round vote. Tuned out, but sounds competent.

Marr refers to Rudd triumph overseas echoing cute saying ART – another Rudd triumph.

Henderson challenges half salute of USA president Bush as embarrassing. Marr says we have to work out our relationship with the USA. Symbolism of this, agrees its nothing, trivial. Paul Kelly – incredible trip – sucking sound in here. Which probably is the point, Rudd was sucking.

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

Posted by editor at 12:48 PM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 6 April 2008 12:59 PM NZT

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