Media Monitors’ Top 20 Political Index has the looming Budget dragging Wayne Swan up into the top five, while opposite number Malcolm Turnbull, who may not know much about inflation but knows what he likes, tumbles five spots. Penny Wong has also splashed her way into the top ten, but Peter Costello’s brief return to relevance has started to fade already.

Jet planes have sent Joel Fitzgibbon soaring 16 spots (notice it was Rudd and Houston who did the hard work of announcing the death of Lance Corporal Marks, and defending the Afghanistan operation), while the Don-based citizenship test has brought Chris Evans some brief profile. Among the premiers, Morris Iemma – now officially the worst NSW premier ever, according to Newspoll – still leads the pack from Bligh and Brumby. (Note how he dominated talkback this week — plenty of irate callers)

At the other end, both Maxine McKew and Warren Truss have been bundled (my favourite sporting verb) out of the top 20. 

None of which of course answers the question – where’s Troy Sniffwell? And why is the Logies’ media mentions count 666?

TW

Move

Position

Politician

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Total

1

0

PM

Kevin Rudd

1,338

4,164

2,963

14,093

22,558

2

0

Opp Leader

Brendan Nelson

283

1,025

515

5,279

7,102

3

0

Premier

Morris Iemma

239

1,887

376

2,726

5,228

4

4

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

306

1,481

776

2,204

4,767

5

-1

Cabinet

Julia Gillard

101

183

105

2,578

2,967

6

3

Premier

Anna Bligh

163

603

380

1,479

2,625

7

4

Premier

John Brumby

135

1,107

299

1,033

2,574

8

-3

Cabinet

Stephen Smith

116

420

158

1,744

2,438

9

5

Cabinet

Penny Wong

91

1,113

269

845

2,318

10

2

Cabinet

Nicola Roxon

103

494

396

1,209

2,202

11

-5

Shadow

Malcolm Turnbull

150

262

96

1,602

2,110

12

-2

Backbench

Peter Costello

175

201

380

1137

1,893

13

-6

Cabinet

Peter Garrett

86

253

113

1,043

1,495

14

16

Cabinet

Joel Fitzgibbon

87

165

385

720

1,357

15

1

Cabinet

Stephen Conroy

63

359

1

807

1,230

16

13

Cabinet

Chris Evans

46

525

10

578

1,159

17

6

Shadow

Greg Hunt

10

451

77

415

953

18

4

Cabinet

Tony Burke

48

311

13

440

812

19

5

Outer

Tanya Plibersek

21

59

125

592

797

20

-1

Premier

Alan Carpenter

57

71

141

493

762

Talkback Top 5

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Morris Iemma

223

2

Kevin Rudd

167

3

Wayne Swan

68

4

John Brumby

29

5

Julia Gillard

24

Comparison

The Logies

57

206

104

299

666

 

There’s more on the Media Monitors website.

 

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