The media’s totally unfair muddling of the Opposition Leader’s crystal clear position on climate change and his Treasury and Environment spokesmen’s clear indication that they had had a “chat” (behind the dunnies?) with Dr Nelson and knew what he really wanted to say, got them all higher up the list, along with Tony Abbott, who it seems doesn’t like religious zealots.

Meanwhile our favourite Central Coast pair finally drifted out of the Top Ten, Alexander Downer is still clinging like a limpet to our hearts and minds and Wayne Swan continues to remind everyone how hard it is to deliver fundamental economic reform, without really delivering anything much at all.

TW

Move

Position

Politician

Press Index

Radio Index

TV Index

Internet Index

Raw total

INDEX

1

0

PM

Kevin Rudd

1,000

1,000

1,000

1,000

26,977

1,000

2

3

Opp Leader

Brendan Nelson

289

504

124

345

9,886

315

3

0

Premier

Morris Iemma

293

367

109

451

10,721

305

4

6

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

190

155

42

161

4,050

137

5

3

Cabinet

Penny Wong

102

203

117

95

3,592

129

6

0

Premier

Anna Bligh

106

90

48

230

4,773

119

7

14

Shadow

Malcolm Turnbull

105

180

42

78

2,755

101

8

-1

Backbench

Alexander Downer

98

125

43

85

2,526

88

9

5

Party leader

Bob Brown

101

100

56

70

2,187

82

10

5

Cabinet

Julia Gillard

121

90

50

65

2,016

82

11

-9

Backbench

Belinda Neal

47

57

53

167

3,492

81

12

-8

State Minister

John Della Bosca

60

53

40

154

3,179

77

13

6

Cabinet

Joel Fitzgibbon

95

107

31

67

2,040

75

14

8

Cabinet

Stephen Smith

52

149

12

79

2,382

73

15

-6

Premier

John Brumby

91

75

32

76

1,985

68

16

14

Shadow

Tony Abbott

78

97

22

67

1,913

66

17

6

Shadow

Greg Hunt

72

93

16

57

1,690

59

18

-2

Cabinet

Nicola Roxon

53

84

36

65

1,850

59

19

-7

NSW Opp Ld

Barry O’Farrell

36

60

4

104

2,177

51

20

-9

Cabinet

Tony Burke

20

86

2

71

1,768

45

The Top five as you would, for once, expect it to be: the redoubtable Premier maintaining his spot amongst the Federal leaders and economic spokespeople.

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Kevin Rudd

382

2

Brendan Nelson

180

3

Morris Iemma

62

4

Wayne Swan

48

5

Malcolm Turnbull

48

Some might say we’re cheating by having George Pell as the weekly celebrity, as they may consider him just as much a politician as anyone else on the list, but we wouldn’t dream of saying something so controversial (or annoying) as that.

Press

Radio

Television

Internet

Grand Total

Cardinal Pell

132

925

1,600

610

3,267

There’s more on the Media Monitors website.

Peter Fray

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