Here it is folks — the Crikey/Media Monitors Tuesday Top Twenty for the week of 8-14 May. Once again, the leaders top the charts. Even though last week was Peter Costello’s big opportunity, he just couldn’t cut through — although he came close.

Big movers this week were Alexander Downer, on the back of the Zimbabwe cricket tour, shadow treasurer Wayne Swan, schoolmarm Julie Bishop, Deputy PM Mark Vaile and the Bennelong challenger, Maxine McKew.

Malcolm Turnbull was down, as were the IR duo Julia Gillard and Greg Combet.

But the biggest drop was suffered by Bill Heffernan. He must have lost his voice. Or been gagged.

 

This
Week
(Move)

Politician

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Grand Total

1
(0)

John Howard

890

9,743

4,289

6,600

21,522

2
(1)

Kevin Rudd

649

8,108

5,068

5,374

19,199

3
(2)

Peter Costello

1,025

8,927

5,406

3,127

18,485

4
(12)

Alexander Downer

186

4,020

1,925

1,009

7,140

5
(9)

Wayne Swan

119

2,156

1,993

659

4,927

6
(-4)

Julia Gillard

164

822

451

1,885

3,322

7
(14)

Julie Bishop

152

1,130

677

356

2,315

8
(5)

Peter Beattie

128

848

99

788

1,863

9
(3)

Morris Iemma

82

1,112

73

532

1,799

10
(-3)

Steve Bracks

123

505

216

945

1,789

11
(17)

Mark Vaile

95

807

509

356

1,767

12
(25)

Maxine McKew

41

642

650

243

1,576

13
(-2)

Joe Hockey

86

411

190

870

1,557

14
(-6)

Malcolm Turnbull

76

448

57

895

1,476

15
(5)

Tony Abbott

76

691

136

563

1,466

16
(-10)

Greg Combet

86

189

36

759

1,070

17
(5)

Mal Brough

98

560

23

334

1,015

18
(-14)

Bill Heffernan

82

247

24

532

885

19
(0)

Alan Carpenter

68

190

26

471

755

20
(6)

Lindsay Tanner

42

112

132

256

542

 

And our control celebrity this week — so you can compare and contrast — is Paris Hilton. Unfortunately, we’ll always have Paris… although her popularity may be on the wane looking at these figures:

 

Paris Hilton

78

1,008

638

494

2,218

The Top Five most discussed pollies on talkback issues during the week were:

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

John Howard

1,162

2

Peter Costello

638

3

Kevin Rudd

311

4

Alexander Downer

107

5

Wayne Swan

107

There’s on the week’s issues at Media Monitors Media Index.

Peter Fray

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