The top four remain unchanged from last week in the Crikey/Media Monitors Top 20 for the week of 3-9 July as the indigenous intervention continues to make plenty of news this week.

Attorney-General Philip Ruddock, however, has moved up the charts with a bullet – or an alleged bullet – in the wake of the Doctors’ Plot, while Brendan Nelson has skidded on an Iraqi oil slick, sliding 23 places up the chart.

Two Labor figures have also enjoyed chart success for very different reasons – Tasmanian Premier Paul Lennon for his support for Gunns’ pulp mill proposals and Peter Garrett for the posture politics of Live Earth.

TW
(Move)

Politician

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Total

1
(0)

John Howard

760

8,600

3,594

6,495

19,449

2
(0)

Kevin Rudd

388

3,936

1,583

3,315

9,222

3
(0)

Peter Beattie

208

2,831

1,067

1,355

5,461

4
(0)

Mal Brough

164

2,293

832

1,350

4,639

5
(9)

Philip Ruddock

116

2,698

887

680

4,381

6
(29)

Brendan Nelson

129

2,417

861

573

3,980

7
(0)

Peter Costello

142

1,410

642

1,215

3,409

8
(1)

Alexander Downer

55

1,822

433

787

3,097

9
(-3)

Morris Iemma

91

1,190

139

1,391

2,811

10
(-5)

Steve Bracks

140

1,230

250

1,101

2,721

11
(14)

Wayne Swan

52

543

565

433

1,593

12
(4)

Joe Hockey

96

487

278

480

1,341

13
(-1)

Malcolm Turnbull

71

728

43

494

1,336

14
(-3)

Alan Carpenter

39

460

154

532

1,185

15
(-5)

Julia Gillard

35

166

96

728

1,025

16
(2)

Kevin Andrews

33

387

147

323

890

17
(-9)

Tony Abbott

39

227

106

477

849

18
(9)

Paul Lennon

45

368

54

169

636

19
(-6)

Mike Rann

58

274

62

225

619

20
(9)

Peter Garrett

35

227

143

179

584

Talkback topics didn’t exactly range far and wide over the past week, but the PM still remained top of the pops on talkback. The presence of two State premiers in the top five reflected the lack of federal talkback comment.

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

John Howard

387

2

Morris Iemma

113

3

Kevin Rudd

101

4

Peter Beattie

82

5

Brendan Nelson

31

A wrap of today’s top stories is available here from Media Monitors.

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