Media Circus: Knife/sword edition

The Conscience Vote sums it up:

So let’s get this straight. When a Labor leader resigns under pressure from his party, he ‘gets knifed’. When a Liberal leader does the same thing, he ‘falls on his sword’. Is it just me, or is there something just a little ridiculous about that?

Double standards are so repellently fascinating to watch unfold before one’s jaded gaze, I find.

What’s piqued your media interests lately?

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  1. Now it is being suggested that the woman with tattoos who heckled the PM yesterday was slipped $50 by a journalist afterwards. I guess the question is a) have journalistic standards slipped so much that they have to pay people to create the story they want or b) have journalistic standards slipped so much that they can’t grok the idea of a woman heckling the PM because she chooses to.

  2. So let’s get this straight. When a Labor leader resigns under pressure from his party, he ‘gets knifed’. When a Liberal leader does the same thing, he ‘falls on his sword’. Is it just me, or is there something just a little ridiculous about that?

    I think it was a bit of an artifact of how they both unfolded. As far as we know Ballieu was never actually challenged (although he may well have known that one may have been coming) – he jumped before he was pushed. Whereas Rudd was challenged. Also Ballieu wasn’t replaced by his deputy (either the deputy premier or the liberal party deputy) so there wasn’t the same issue of a deputy being loyal to the leader.
    What this event has really done is reinforce that first term leaders are by no means safe at all. Rudd’s experience can no longer be considered an aberration and I wonder how that will change how first term governments work.

  3. How do you know he wasn’t challenged? I heard, on the Twitters mind, that he was pushed. Just because he saw the writing on the wall and went himself doesn’t mean there weren’t strong words behind closed doors about what would happen if he didn’t. Rudd was too cloth eared to hear.

  4. Mindy – well I agree its not certain. The Gillard challenge however was very public and it broke in the media before many of the party even knew that it was happening. The Libs managed to keep a lot of the mess that is inherent in a leadership change behind closed doors. It also wasn’t preceeded by months of denials from the now premier that they wouldn’t challenge.
    Perhaps some will leak out in days to come though it sounds like Ballieu isn’t someone who will make a comeback. There was a fair amount of commentary around how he wasn’t tough or strong enough to be a leader.
    I don’t know a lot of Ballieu but from what I have heard he sounds very similar to the ex-liberal party leader Redmond in SA. Didn’t want to play the media cycle game that the public are so critical of (which was really nice for a change), and ends up getting thrown out by their party.

  5. Yes good points. Apologies for snarkyness above.

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  8. Meanwhile this week the CLP quietly dispatched the NT Chief Minister with scarcely a mention of knives. In fact there was not much news coverage of it at all despite the fact that his replacement is the first Indigenous leader of a state and/or territory and that Terry Mills was voted out while he was overseas on a trade mission, which has got to be the political equivalent of dumping someone by text message…

  9. A thought occurs about Tony Abbott, and I wasn’t sure where to put it.
    This practice lately of wheeling out the women in his life to fix his “problem with women”.
    It doesn’t wash with me.
    I fully expect that he loves his wife and daughters. That is no surprise, and I fully expect that they love him. They are his wife and daughters, after all.
    I fully expect that his chief of staff will also say nice things about him. I would expect that they share political beliefs, given the political nature of their work. It’s not as though Peta Credlin is any public servant, prepared to work for whoever the minister is.
    So none of that sways me.
    What does sway me, and where I expect he ought not to have a “problem with women” is in his public, prepared remarks, on the record, discussing policy that affects the vast numbers of women he would seek to govern. But he does have a problem.
    These quotes will do to illustrate the point:

  10. You know every time I start thinking ‘maybe he has mellowed a bit in his old age’, I’m just going to come back and read points 3 and 7 there.

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