Dear Media, it’s not them, it’s you.
Or at least it’s not just or even mostly them. When the media gives way more oxygen to stunts and shenanigans instead of meaningful analysis of policy and proposed legislation, then the Opposition in particular is going to continue pulling stunts and shenanigans, and just because the public’s eyeballs are drawn to those stories, it doesn’t mean that they like what they see.
The House is not sitting for the next two weeks, so the potential for stunts and shenanigans is mercifully limited for a while (although no doubt various door-stop soundbites will be given far more attention than they deserve). I’ll be interested to see whether it makes a difference in the next polls.