Dr Nelson may or may not be sorry that he has finally received enough press toget him up to second in the Tuesday Top Twenty. Sorry. The PM is still three times more than anyone else, with Stephen Smith’s world travels (yes, yes Mr Smith goes to Washington, couldn’t see that one coming) getting him to second ALP mention, while Minister Garrett just keeps saying yes to all those formerly evil developers and dredgers.

That superb citizenship test gets Chris Evans into the Twenty. Meanwhile, Tony Abbott is deeply and thoroughly sorry, while in some ways not being sorry at all, as only he can be. We’re glad you’re back Tony.

TW

Move

Type

Politician

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Total

1

0

PM

Kevin Rudd

1,471

7,867

3,320

4,940

17,598

2

3

Opp Leader

Brendan Nelson

505

2,988

1,516

1,522

6,531

3

4

Cabinet

Stephen Smith

230

2,247

1,533

1,920

5,930

4

-2

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

257

1,216

877

2,403

4,753

5

-2

Premier

Morris Iemma

211

1,465

352

1,489

3,517

6

5

Cabinet

Peter Garrett

171

1,248

418

1,117

2,954

7

-3

Premier

Anna Bligh

167

784

450

1,402

2,803

8

1

Shadow

Malcolm Turnbull

205

1,059

594

969

2,827

9

3

Premier

John Brumby

321

1,421

566

617

2,925

10

0

Cabinet

Jenny Macklin

188

974

480

843

2,485

11

-3

Cabinet

Julia Gillard

173

869

310

1,097

2,449

12

-6

ex PM

John Howard

298

522

383

1,216

2,419

13

1

Cabinet

Nicola Roxon

57

1,006

165

616

1,844

14

13

Cabinet

Chris Evans

97

628

394

619

1,738

15

4

Opp Leader

Lawrence Springborg

76

376

14

536

1,002

16

16

Shadow

Tony Abbott

143

538

171

205

1,057

17

4

Shadow

Julie Bishop

131

519

157

219

1,026

18

-5

Cabinet

Lindsay Tanner

68

225

176

452

921

19

*

State Min

Jim McGinty

68

600

38

203

909

20

-5

Backbench

Peter Costello

110

258

63

474

905

All Rudd, all the time, if talkback is the guide — he’s 56 times more spoken about than Brendan Nelson (17 items).

Talkback Top Five

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Kevin Rudd

958

2

Wayne Swan

96

3

John Howard

80

4

John Brumby

70

5

Peter Garrett

35

And our celebrity control sample of the week: a fourth Australian Open win puts Karrie just outside the Top 10.

Karrie Webb

154

984

777

524

2,439

There’s more on the Media Monitors website.

Peter Fray

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