Media Musings Blog Archive K Since the Gillard government's approval rating slumped to a meagre 26% last month, the Australian media has whipped itself into a frenzy over speculation of a leadership challenge.
But who is doing the speculation and why are we being inundated with these stories? Writing in The Age on 23 September, Michelle Grattan reported louis vuitton purses knock off that a Labor backbencher had told a Coalition senator that Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd had been canvassing support for his return to the role of Prime Minister. Meanwhile, over at The Australian reports were already in denying any party disunity and stating that Rudd had "categorically ruled out angling to retake the Labor leadership". Surely that should have put the issue to rest, but no. Four days later a Rudd gaffe made headlines and the earlier speculations were speculated about once again. Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd. Photo courtesy of The Daily Telegraph. Melbourne's Herald Sun described the incident as "the mother of all gaffes", that "couldn't have come at a worse time for Labor". "So, who's the PM, Mr Rudd?" asked Adelaide's The Advertiser, before suggesting the mistake could indeed be a "secret hope" and launching into a lengthy recap of the previous week's leadership speculation. Clearly all manner of media outlets have embraced this angle, so it a bit of a stretch to jump on the 'right wing, anti government media campaign' bandwagon and place the blame on political ideology. It's also no secret that journalists love these stories. They're easy to produce and what political pundit can resist such a Machiavellian tale of mystery and betrayal? But how well to they serve the public in terms of accuracy and full disclosure? Most reports have been of the "he said, she said" variety, containing little more than allegations and prompt denials with a noticeable absence of any third party verification. Former Labor party powerbroker Graham Richardson has been the source of many of these stories, but it has taken until today for his motives to be questioned by the press. And we can't forget the ever present opinion polls. While in reality the data is far from a complete picture of voting intentions, it is frequently taken as gospel by journalists and used as a factual foundation on which to base their own speculation. In this context, the continuous speculation is tiresome at best and dangerous to democracy at worst as journalists insert themselves into the political process. Unfortunately,taking a look at today's The Australian, it seems that no end is in sight. Graham Richardson, Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, Labor Party, leadershipDated: Oct 07 2011 Fabulous work Rhian, you identified some key questions here for this topic all manner of media outlets have embraced this angle, so it's a bit of a stretch to jump on the 'right wing, anti government media campaign' bandwagon and place the blame on louis vuitton condoms amazon political ideology. But how well to they serve the public in terms of accuracy and full disclosure? has been plenty written on this subject but in terms of actual media analysis of the issue you be able to identify key themes, ask good questions and go on to answer them. Well done. Of ugg,ugg australia,ugg louis vuitton neverfull how to spot a fake italia the longchamp pas cher RM8.16 billion, christian louboutin outlet RM5.1 billion nike free came from nike blazer pas cher foreign direct nike free uk investments. supra shoes The bulk christian louboutin of the louboutin,louboutin outlet,louboutin outlet italia investments was in baseball louis vuitton neverfull initials bats the electronic and canada goose outlet electrical ray ban pas cher sector uggs outlet while coach outlet some were thomas sabo in biomedical sector. Lim vans pas cher said the michael kors outlet investments valentino shoes showed tory burch outlet Penang was reebok outlet a strong nike roshe run uk player michael kors outlet online in mulberry uk the E sector's polo ralph lauren outlet online supply ray ban uk chain. He also said abercrombie and fitch uk that chaussure louboutin Penang enjoyed ugg RM40 uggs outlet billion in nike outlet investments under prada outlet the Pakatan lululemon outlet Rakyat jordan shoes government between 2008 north face outlet and nike air max 2013, nike free run higher ghd hair than the RM21 billion under louis vuitton BN rule juicy couture outlet between 2002 nike tn and 2007.
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