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 backgrounder – this section under construction till later Sunday/Monday Sunday 9
Greenwood story with Minister Sherry over pipe dream of 15% super [not least because it’s a waste of lifestyle NOW when the future is almost certainly a dark chasm with 5-10 metre sea rise in 20 years, taboo subject that in the political economy].
Priceless footage of ALP MP/Sydney Mayor (at same time) Pat Hills flaming underpants “gotcha” on steps of Sydney Town Hall in 1956, as first reported by Crikey.com.au
Fanning gives space to Free Tibet campaigner in the studio, but it’s mostly a set up, with footage of jostling, water on the flame being called “violence” while in Tibet, Beijing govt shoot protesters. Where is the real violence? No footage of dead bodies in Tibet. 9 is part of the corporate fascism really. IOC/AOC taxpayer funded security servant Ted Quinlan whines about free speech protests potential in Canberra [echoes the fascist suppression of Stop Bush Coalition at APEC in Sydney 2007]. Shaky camera of colour and movement in San Fransisco supposed to be more “violence” – as if.
Free Tibet guy talks up”fantastic” outreach and awareness, and nonviolence approach, softy spoken. “Mixed message” blah.
Quinlan is blatantly part of the big security industry financial trough, retirement age sincure beating up the situation for more business. Totally unreliable and unsafe source on how to conduct a democracy.
Feature about pre natal testing. Skipped it to watch Riley Diary. Likely important to all breeders.
Laurie Oakes (LO) with leader of the national party – what’s his name (!).
Bouncer starts with Nelson “going nowhere”. Talks up loyalty to Nelson. LO drives in the nail red dodgy national tour. Turnbull? Truss acknowledges skills, how luke warm? Yep, talks up lots of time, wants to stall. Agree with Rudd criticism of China, trap question. Truss does endorse free speech. Publicly? Yes. Both traps given LO column in the SDT yesterday.
Hammer blow, re Nelson in tangle in public way. Pathetic? Mature relationship, sticks to the sound position, leaves Nelson stranded.
http://sunday.ninemsn.com.au/sunday/default.asp 10 Meet the Press: 8- 8-30 am
No show today, golf tournament. US masters?
Meet The Press - Watch Political Video Online - Channel TEN. Riley Diary 7 Great film footage in both UK and Beijing of Rudd tour. Cute images of Queen brass band going through their paces with pop songs, and small talk wasted opportunity. Also acronym man Rudd descending into bureaucratise is a window to his soul. Unwise name games with Hu and Wen Chinese leadership with satire of Abbott & Costello famous skit, like Bill Leake in The Australian. But it’s got a dangerous hint of racial disrespect there, ironic because the Chinese have pretty much the same superiority complex and with that we have real potential for social and geo political disjunction between countries. This is not Big Media leadership worth following. In fact it’s dangerously dumb given the world power status and infamous soft power stalking by China Inc. Wake up Riley! Wake up Bill Leak! The best satire recognizes and leverages fact like shooting a satellite out of space to warn the US off bombing their oil supplier Iran, in January 2008. Get it?
Insiders 2: 9- 10am
“Effusive” praise of Rudd world trip. True. And praise is fair too. Rudd’s historic responsibility is to mediate discourse with enormous world power China. And he is up to that job, thank God for that, not least language skills. He can have that comment for free identified by this writer way before the election.
[Reminds of my eldest sister Catherine McLoughlin about his Rudd’s generation and a Mandarin speaker if memory serves, having heard of or spoken to her for way too long. Based in Melbourne somewhere. My brother who works in PMC somewhere really should make use of that family connection, do me no use at all on this micro news website, in respect of either! Black sheep territory!]
Shadow foreign minister Andrew Robb doing as much cover as on Nelson, making him look worse for having to explain and interpret him, which actually is the leader’s job to run cover for wayward ministers. In short Robb by his competence is making Nelson look bad.
Robb has a narrative about Rudd which is quite insightful indeed re superficial, poor judgment skating over everything – manic activity trying to do too much not well [there is resonance here like a star footy player in a bad team run ragged and achieving little – just manic, poor judgement]. Again highlights Nelson lacks “a narrative”.
Robb does not condone “violence” of protests. Again a joke analysis given shot dead in Tibet by China. Disruption that leads to violence is not acceptable but must defend our values.
Genocide in Tibet? Barry Cassidy declines the term unlike George Brandis – 40-50 years history, closed by China leaves a real question. Exactly right, like 2 million dead in famine in North Korea in closed society. Cassidy sanitizing China looks like a sell out for Rudd achieving very very little except barely holding the democratic line in face of huge soft power pressure.
Every person segement looks like Sydney Uni climbing gym, or maybe Tempe. Could be anywhere. Very bright yoof one guy with a voice like Silverchair lead.
Panel – extra plane for Rudd ego? Crabb, Meglo, Milne.
Polling shows Rudd even more popular. Points for performing on the world stage. Milne agrees with some of Robb manic superficial stuff risks Rudd. Trouble with the analysis is that PM keeps meeting the bar, and indeed growing in the job, maybe as a result of having to rival Howard and learn his ways. [The key to Rudd is that he keep growing in the job, and civil society and free press play a big role in that process, not always friendly to his personilty cult.]
Uhlmann notes some indulgence at Brookings Institute and “fit of acronyms” like Riley above. Dangers? Cometh hour of China, cometh Rudd? World stage would be political domestic death.
Milne coverage effusive even gushing. Need perspective. Tibet message never to play in China, used PR of energy security from Australia instead. Exactly.
Cassidy interprets China gesture re Tibet in the next few months. Not very arms length comment. More sanitizing?
Crabb notes Robb conservative agrees with protesters having the right. Not just Richard Gere. PM Rudd has another engagement on 24 April to avoid the torch relay in Sydney, has sport minister (Garrett of the protest history?).
Meglo runs profound Steketee article line on ministers having space from PM [ letting a 1000 flowers bloom, and avoid Rudd daisy cutter of other ideas and talent as per Button career exemplar].
2020 Summit – Milne says accelerant including Republic – policy benchmarks that Rudd will be measured against [no but raising expectations, AC uses my term re 1000 flowers].
Nelson is a constitutional monarchist, not a royalist. Cruel ridicule of Nelson voting for two teams in AFL, voting Lib and ALP.
Moves to leadership discussion – Nelson must perform by the budget. Milne re Abbott deserves fair go and time but can’t win election. Only needs a small shift to lose the job
[what is missing in this analysis is that Turnbull is not nearly as fit or sharp as he was in his younger days. Took a $2M campaign to hold his seat of Wentworth. Has cut through, could do a lot better than Nelson but may descend into stodge. Needs a sound moderate exercise regime and diet probably to keep up to the game against a profound Rudd operation].
Nelson back on track if does well on budget speech and Gippsland by election. Looks bad chickens out on playing a few cords. Unlike Clinton on saxophone, or Obama jiving, or Costello’s Macarena.
Discussion of budget, Swan from Washington/IMF street interview not really a “doorstop”. A lot of informed speculation. Moves to Reserve Bank must handle the media. Meglo says no should be a circus performer. Pay him to call it as he sees it. Milne says should show compassion.
Microphone dead air troubles AC and GM,noticed 3 times in all.
Talking Pictures – cartoonist for WA Newspapers. Leak re Tintin but David Rowe has got it Enter the Kevin [Dragon]. Mike Bowers cracking joke “give back Harold Holt”. Footage of London public meeting, [wonder if Marina Ritossa was there]
Rudd the media creation given a menace about his ego ordering people around when they have a loudest gets the question.
Precious footage of John Button. Sad tone amongst all the panel there at his death. Predictions missed them. Home page is http://www.abc.net.au/insiders/