In his first taste of all publicity not necessarily being good publicity since wandering into The Lodge with the cat wrangler and manservant while texting Malcolm for suggestions on where to put the Henson, the Prime Minister returned to a three to one dominance of media coverage.

NSW opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell makes a debut in the Top 20 thanks to the NSW Budget and his getting the NSW Liberal factions to kiss and make up (publicly anyway), as the big state Premiers take fifth to seventh position, Anna Bligh almost pipping Morris Iemma in Budget week (Peter would be so proud…).

Joel Fitzgibbon moves up further this week as the Government tries to put petrol behind it and get the media benefit of a far more popular policy decision, announcing the end of Australia’s combat role in Iraq; while Martin Ferguson will no doubt be delighted to have slipped six spots.

TW

Move

Position

Politician

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Total

1

0

PM

Kevin Rudd

1,759

11,024

7,142

10,719

30,644

2

0

Opp Leader

Brendan Nelson

485

3,235

1,923

4,399

10,042

3

1

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

353

1,645

798

5,375

8,171

4

-1

Shadow

Malcolm Turnbull

215

1,236

507

3,057

5,015

5

0

Premier

Morris Iemma

300

1,111

163

3,259

4,833

6

0

Premier

Anna Bligh

234

926

621

2,623

4,404

7

3

Premier

John Brumby

181

847

491

1,023

2,542

8

19

NSW Opp Ldr

Barry O’Farrell

78

1,050

170

930

2,228

9

4

Outer

Chris Bowen

129

857

332

698

2,016

10

-1

Backbench

Alexander Downer

80

426

209

1,301

2,016

11

8

Cabinet

Joel Fitzgibbon

84

708

251

907

1,950

12

2

Cabinet

Nicola Roxon

76

660

212

908

1,856

13

-6

Cabinet

Martin Ferguson

211

742

132

646

1,731

14

-2

Cabinet

Julia Gillard

135

415

214

776

1,540

15

-4

Cabinet

Lindsay Tanner

122

595

278

500

1,495

16

-8

Cabinet

Jenny Macklin

57

469

50

918

1,494

17

-1

Cabinet

Stephen Smith

40

316

2

1,078

1,436

18

3

Cabinet

Anthony Albanese

61

699

119

500

1,379

19

-1

Cabinet

Peter Garrett

148

234

62

851

1,295

20

11

Shadow

Ted Baillieu

65

278

90

669

1,102

State issues prominent as usual on talkback, but the PM miles ahead thanks to petrol, Henson and pensions, while no news seems to be good news for Brendan Nelson.

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Kevin Rudd

561

2

Anna Bligh

117

3

Wayne Swan

75

4

Morris Iemma

62

5

Barry O’Farrell

51

6,971 media items good for fourth place in the politicians’ index as further police inquiries to various galleries across the country kept the debate over Bill Henson’s photographs front and centre for much of the week. 

Press

Radio

Television

Internet

Grand Total

Bill Henson

319

2,705

1,709

2,238

6,971

There’s more on the Media Monitors website.

 

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