Media Circus: you will answer our disingenuous circumlocutions exactly how we frame them

..or else all the pundits in all the billionaire-owned media outlets will COMPLAIN, LOUDLY, about how the Prime Minister answered their sneering implications with clear denials of any wrongdoing (denials fully supported by the company who supposedly fired her for something) and challenged them to make direct allegations for her to answer instead of pussyfooting around a vague report of somebody’s 17-year-old gossip.

How dare Gillard get straight to the underlying point instead of following the interviewer’s planned choreography for her anticipated flustered blustering? The nerve!

SotBO: Just because I think this particular furore is utterly ridiculous doesn’t mean that I’m not disappointed in Gillard for other reasons.

As usual for media circus threads, please share your bouquets and brickbats for particular items in the mass media, or highlight cogent analysis elsewhere, on any current sociopolitical issue.

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16 replies

  1. Y’know, this Julian Assange business only happened because some idiot listed the Ecuadorian Embassy on AirBnB. FACT:— Tom Scott (@tomscott) August 20, 2012


  2. It’s getting harder and harder to believe there isn’t a deliberately misogynist policy regarding the mainstream media coverage of Ms Gillard – I can’t believe they’d be pulling a lot of these same tricks were the current PM a pointer rather than a setter (so to speak).

  3. A troupe of monkeys flinging faeces, this is what the legacy media has become.

  4. In happier news – after two years of throwing parliamentary tantrums, kicking and screaming, spitting the dummy, throwing toys out of the pram, and doing everything short of holding his breath until he turns blue, our gloriously mature leader of the Opposition has finally been issued with a time-out.
    One can only hope it came with an instruction to clean his room.

  5. Looking at your link, Megpie, I noticed it concluded with a quote from Peter Garrett: “All students need to get support in the schools that they’re in, regardless of where they live and regardless of how much money their parents earn because a student can only live a fulfilling life if their education is good.” Which is one of those statements where the two halves appear to connect because of their proximity, but the conclusion does not actually follow from the premise. I mean, if their parent have lots of money then their education will most likely be good anyway, it doesn’t follow that federal support needs to be given “regardless”. Who stole Peter Garrett?

  6. Assange has been afforded more opportunities to challenge the warrant for his arrest than almost any other defendant in English legal history. This is hardly “persecution” or a “witch-hunt”.

    From here.
    What really irritates me is when his lawyers go on with this guff. They know it isn’t true, yet somehow their ethics allow them to tell blatant lies. Very disappointed with them. Having a high profile doesn’t give you licence to tell whoppers. No matter how many humanitarian cases you may have under your belt.

  7. “He’s constantly offering unsolicited advice to the deputy speaker,” she told ABC television. “He’s been constantly sledging the Prime Minister across the table. I think he does find it very difficult that he’s dealing with two women in positions of authority.”
    Mr Abbott is the father of three daughters and has a female chief-of-staff. [edited to add – Oh so obviously he can’t be sexist or misogynist then, he has daughters and a woman as his chief of staff. No mention of his wife though.]
    He has previously been tagged as having a problem connecting with female voters but in March this year he told Fairfax that perception was “not generally true”. [ETA: really? Let’s hope you get a nasty shock come election time then Mr Abbott]
    Asked if Mr Abbott’s behaviour in parliament was worse under Ms Burke than when Harry Jenkins or Peter Slipper where in the speaker’s chair, Ms Plibersek said: “I don’t recall him behaving the same way with those two previous speakers. I think it is a problem being told what to do by a woman.”

    From SMH 21.8.12

  8. @Orlando – that reminds me of a student I read about in the paper. I think his parents were complaining about being battlers on $150 000+. They live a couple of blocks from his private school. He boards and comes home on weekends. Apparently this frees up his parent’s time to do other stuff. While I have no doubt he is getting an expensive education, I hope that there is a teacher at his school who values him for who he is, and cares about him just a bit. Obviously I don’t know if either or both of his parents have a disability or some reason that they are unable to care for a teenage child during the week, but it just came across as completely selfish. The Beatles had it right money can’t buy you love.

  9. It’s getting harder and harder to believe there isn’t a deliberately misogynist policy regarding the mainstream media coverage of Ms Gillard

    I don’t think you can really blame the MSM for this one. This is a story that some people have been pushing for a long time. Apparently it get given to the opposition before the last election and they refused to run with it, and even Alan Jones has refused to use it in the past, which should be a pretty strong indication of the credibility of the allegations.
    In recent months it has gained nearly all its attention via blogs and social networks to the point where I think it was pretty much inevitable that the MSM would eventually have to cover it in some form or another lest they be accused of a cover up.
    New media is definitely a two edged sword. There’s lots of things out there that would normally not get touched at all by the MSM because they’re simply not seen as credible, but now get attention because its much easier for one or two people to run a campaign (rumours about Bill Shorten’s private life are probably another example where he ended up issuing a denial before the MSM even touched it).

  10. Mindy, maybe he prefers it? Having been raised on a diet of Enid Blyton (with the grammatical errors corrected by my parental unit in pencil), I longed to be sent to boarding school as a teenager. Partly because at that age I loathed my parents.

    Families are complicated. That does not, however, excuse complaining about being a battler on an income of $150,000+. They need a three day spa weekend at Hotel Reality.

  11. Having googled I either can’t find that article again for got it completely wrong. Sorry, as you were.

  12. Just watching Dame Stella Rimington (ex-head of MI5) on ABC News Breakfast: what a marvellously incisive and nuanced opinionator she is. Also, best spy name ever.
    And she’s writing spy novels now! (races to interwebs)

  13. Excellent James, now, we have the Moonraker laser, the Stella Rimington, for the rifle enthusiasts, or the Astral Boomstick if you’ve a preference for shotguns.

    • Well, it’s after midnight and I can’t sleep, so I’m doing the politragic wonk watch: Question Time on ABC. Gotta love the Dorothy Dixers and the jabs at Abbott.

      • Mind you, the relentless rule-lawyering in Parliamentary Question Time does remind one of all the worst features of internet Threads Of Doom.

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