Those state pols! They keep crashing our Tuesday Top Twenties.

The Crikey/Media Monitors index for the week of 12-18 June has the usual suspects at the top – John Howard, Kevin Rudd and Peter Costello – but Morris Iemma sneaks in behind them at number four.

It actually wasn’t much of a week, news wise. The PM’s canapés at Kirribilli seemed to be the biggest yarn. Still, the story gave a nice leg-up to the Opposition Manager of Business in the House, Anthony Albanese, who jumped ten chart places to be this week’s high riser, in at Number 15.

TW
(Move)

Politician

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Total

1
(0)

John Howard

732

9,546

3,392

6,979

20,649

2
(0)

Kevin Rudd

424

4,646

2,237

4,403

11,710

3
(0)

Peter Costello

184

1,922

903

1,965

4,974

4
(1)

Morris Iemma

172

2,408

606

1,440

4,626

5
(1)

Julia Gillard

123

1,662

1,104

1,190

4,079

6
(1)

Joe Hockey

134

1,337

709

1,104

3,284

7
(1)

Peter Beattie

127

1,120

356

1,375

2,978

8
(2)

Tony Abbott

71

1,192

957

740

2,960

9
(4)

Alexander Downer

78

1,226

465

963

2,732

10
(-6)

Steve Bracks

97

526

401

1,166

2,190

11
(-2)

Malcolm Turnbull

54

807

71

1,201

2,133

12
(2)

Wayne Swan

71

986

494

568

2,119

13
(-2)

Mark Vaile

34

954

148

543

1,679

14
(2)

Helen Coonan

45

528

75

525

1,173

15
(10)

Anthony Albanese

28

512

399

168

1,107

16
(2)

Julie Bishop

90

577

62

364

1,093

17
(6)

Ian MacFarlane

26

582

35

359

1,002

18
(-3)

Peter Garrett

40

235

28

696

999

19
(7)

Mal Brough

44

433

95

421

993

20
(2)

Greg Combet

45

447

157

255

904

PM John Howard remained the most frequently mentioned politician on talkback discussion this week. Unfortunately for him, much of that was talked about the Kirribilli catering.

 

Talkback Top Five

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

John Howard

880

2

Kevin Rudd

488

3

Tony Abbott

186

4

Julia Gillard

140

5

Peter Costello

122

And our check with the real world? Politicians know what goes around, comes around. So do Buddhists. And, as a comparison, here’s how the Dalai Lama rated last week.

Dalai Lama

186

3,557

1,158

738

5,639

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