There’s very little movement at the top of the Crikey/Media Monitors Tuesday Top 20 for the week of 22-28 May 2007 as the focus remains on the leaders — and a wannabe.

Victorian Premier Steve Bracks is this week’s standout performer. The stoush over the Murray-Darling Basin has seen him leap eight places — except in his version of Proud Mary if you go down the river, well, people on the river ain’t happy to give.

The fortieth anniversary of the Aboriginal rights referendum has seen Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough leap five spots with his reworked protest song, We Shall Obfuscate .

In the lower reaches of the charts, Sports Minister George Brandis has had a massive jump of 12 places with I Fought the AFL and the AFL won .

And Labor’s education spokesman, Stephen Smith, is also storming the charts, up 13 spots with School’s Out Forever(Or At Least the Student Union).

 

TW (Move) 

Politician

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Grand Total

1
(0)

John Howard

925

11,465

5,331

7,393

25,114

2
(0)

Kevin Rudd

605

8,724

3,726

4,987

18,042

3
(0)

Peter Costello

349

2,097

1,623

3,426

7,495

4
(1)

Joe Hockey

194

3,560

1,729

986

6,469

5
(-1)

Julia Gillard

150

2,838

1,235

1,976

6,199

6
(8)

Steve Bracks

191

2,401

1,295

1,006

4,893

7
(6) 

Tony Abbott

105

1,839

1,468

734

4,146

8
(-1)

Peter Beattie

180

1,981

592

980

3,733

9
(-3)

Malcolm Turnbull

106

1,726

706

1,078

3,616

10
(5)

Mal Brough

97

1,993

707

549

3,346

11
(-3)

Alexander Downer

115

655

573

1,631

2,974

12
(-3)

Morris Iemma

104

998

478

719

2,299

13
(-3)

Wayne Swan

68

895

410

629

2,002

14
(4)

Peter Garrett

34

881

389

505

1,809

15
(2)

Chris Pyne

80

720

333

274

1,407

16
(9)

Maxine McKew

42

564

367

305

1,278

17
(-1)

Mark Vaille

44

367

281

412

1,104

18
(12)

George Brandis

64

529

325

152

1,070

19
(13)

Stephen Smith

57

580

211

162

1,010

20
(9)

Brendan Nelson

72

429

240

256

997

The talkback charts play interestingly for Labor. Kevin Rudd has toppled the Prime Minister from the top spot for the first time since Burkiegate, thanks to the Ingeus controversy.

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Kevin Rudd

1,513

2

John Howard

1,274

3

Julia Gillard

486

4

Peter Costello

375

5

Joe Hockey

199

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

And as our comparison with people in the real world this week, we’re using Lindsay Lohan. Not that Linds and the real world are the most comfortable fit.

Lindsay Lohan

46

271

915

304

1,536

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