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Sunday, 1 June 2008
Sunday tv talkies: Major parties focused on 20C political economy showing their whiskers?
Mood:  chatty
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



- As Rudd hits 50+ his hair is going grey. This is said to be a manifestation of overwork with a chronology of brown to grey on front of the SunHerald. Premise looks a bit dubious as far as timing of hair colour but there is no doubt he works hard but he looks just as fit, and it’s mostly about psychological health at that level just like Jed Bartlett character and his shrink over lack of sleep. We find when the mind is racing sometimes its better to take action so you can sleep at all later.



- moral panic about child predator builds on saturation coverage about art versus porn on front of the Sunday Telegraph. Sewing a climate of fear and grievance is the tone.



- Reba Meagher gets very bad PR over Reeves rogue doctor in both Fairfax and Sunday Telegraph.



- Liberal Party are cranking the spin that peace and cooperation has broken out in the NSW Division. Perhaps.



- the big News Corp media via Malcolm Farr yesterday’s Daily Telegraph p118 (“Our black gold rush”), and today’s Sunday version via Tony Vermeer and Trevor Seymour explain the global realities of the oil market. Puts flesh to the bones of a story we wrote here on SAM cross referencing the UK’s The Independent with similar conclusions. This is good media, better to know than stew over it.

Picture: Sydney Daily Telegraph (News Corp) inimitable Warren letters page.


- Laurie Oakes goes a little hyperbolic in the cranky twilight (?) of his career in his Saturday tabloid? Fits the genre of the paper perhaps, over the leaf from mad as a cut snake Tim Blair. LO says there is no justice if Nelson doesn’t get a bounce. Mmm. And implies that the Assistant Treasurer Chris Bowen is probably a liar, but we thought only the ACCC had done serious econometric analysis, which might back Bowen’s take on Fuelwatch? Careful LO. Says Govt is hypocritical for complaining about a leak, but I didn’t hear Rudd complain, he said rather they would cop not flushing out the public service.



- next page about jammed seats on Sydney public transport. We have to report a very enjoyable train ride yesterday armed with broadsheets via tel.131500 i.e. 10.58 from Marrickville, change at Redfern back toward Parramatta at 11.30am, alight at Granville at 11.50 am to avoid bus track work (even though my train continued on), met by friend in 4WD monster converted to LPG to arrive in Parramatta. Nice sunny morning plenty of room to read quietly. Cost $6.40 return (bit high?). Give me more and compare with the traffic snarl and petrol costs.



- bitter rift in NSW ALP cabinet and caucus says the Telegraph p4 today with nasty youtube videos adapting the Hitler movie Downfallen. It’s nasty and it’s not original either having been done against Hilary Clinton on the ascendance of Barak Obama. Given the prominent local Jewish diaspora we thinks it’s a case of don’t go there trivializing the death of tens of millions of all colours and creeds in WW2.



- Picture of Kevin Rudd’s travel assistant. Derr. Bit rich for the affluent Coalition Industry captains landed gentry squatocracy party to complain about hired help?



- ASIO history gets a bit more bollocking p31 SMH yesterday for going political instead of security per se for the Coalition. We wrote about the family professional relationship Michael Bialoguski who was the ASIO/ASO spy in the Petrov case.



- Hansonism getting a review after Camden Muslim school planning controversy flushing out white supremacist leanings of some.



- full pages adverts mostly tabloid but also broadsheet on retail booze. Scipione cops a sledge from Steve Price in Sunday Telegraph for being teetotal but there is no shortage of legal drug profits from this ruthless industry.



- Gunns pulp mill now officially not being financed by ANZ, probably for shortage of foreign credit but maybe also bad PR issue of Opes Prime litigation.



- letters page smh has Wendy Bacon trade barbs with Sydney Writers Festival over the UTS Journalism students’s Festival Newspaper. We have 2 editions and it looks fine to us, including too friendly picture of Bob Carr. Suggestions of excessive control paranoia by the organizers? We were pressured to censor a photo from an event, is this an echo?



- Big power play for public power assets grinding on to the next probably end phase. Robertson of Unions NSW has called negotiations off and “over”. Iemma pushing on. Herald barracking with private investment for gas power station report. Iemma reported 25 May p23 Sunday Telegraph “Iemma spends $104 million on spin” in 2007 on public relations. Taxpayer dollars. Ironically p20 same paper half pager “Water for life/ NSW Government”



- press gallery have said the Rudd “honeymoon is over”. But we will wait for the real polling on that. True we have now a thin file a week or so old now called “Rudd fallen halo” but it’s not so bad, all open source recent niggles.



- art crowd continue to miss the gravity of the Orkopoulos conviction driving the free expression debate over the Henson exhibition. They would do a lot better to show how arts help empower and nurture children and youth, especially say abused or damaged ones. They need some real PR coordination and analysis.



9 Sunday 7.30 – 9.30 am



- Pasquerreli as speech writer for Pauline Hanson is engaged to a young Singaporean woman. Promo for Bond movies


- Ross Greenwood does tax tip and Ellen refers to so called “very interesting times” for resource boom suffering families disjunction. Talk about a broken political economic system.


- feature about sudden infant death syndrome – very sad, mystery


- feature about Pasquerreli clearly white/western supremacist in settings, getting married to an Asian woman. Pretty ironic. Does have a charming side, but empowers bigotry and doesn’t get multiculturalism, runs all the usual smears against Left wing activists (same ones opposed to Vietnam war etc). He’s a busy “ideologue”, says the reporter.


- Laurie Oakes absent today, interview Ellen with Downer who refuses to answer the go or stay question.









10 Meet the Press:  8- 8-30 am



Warren Truss as the National Party leader.  Bangs on about Fuel Watch sensitive to regional and rural areas.


Panel is Matthew Franklin of The Australian. Philip Clark of 2GB Future of National Party etc.


Return to show to see Iraq AWB issue, compere re AWB anything to fear about re opening?


Lumby academic on consent issues in Henson gallery exhibition.



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





Riley Diary 7, 8.35 am




Missed most of it sadly. Only caught the amusing Jeeves film footage, mostly benign allusions.




Insiders 2: 9- 10am



Fuelwatch features in the opening, Christine Milne gets a good run sledging both major parties for not getting to grasp with the macro issues affecting the micro political economy.


Lindsay Tanner is the interview hosing down all the controversy of a tough week, moderate tones. Talks up infrastructure, congestion in big cities.


Every person segement – circus performers talk through fuel watch issues, express frustration, distracting lithe actions.


Panel Middleton SBS, Farr News Corp, Bolt News Corp. Chat phase first up fuel watch.


Soliliquy Paul Kelly – retail gesture politics getting the Rudd govt in trouble. Ominous tones about prominent Australian (read chair or CEO of a big corporation as if that’s where democracy resides).


Talking pictures.


Talk about Nelson does a good angry. Emo man. Bolt the hard man doesn’t like it. Nor does this writer.


[other work missed last 15 minutes, refer website in due course]


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

Posted by editor at 1:16 PM NZT
Updated: Monday, 2 June 2008 12:46 AM NZT

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