Everything old is new again as Mark Vaile, Peter Costello and Alexander Downer congregate around the middle of the list, talkin’ ‘bout the good times, the trips, the parties, what could have been, what still might be?… enough to bring a tear to your eye.

Climate Minister Penny Wong up to second on the list after the “was that it?” response to the Green Paper — after that success in throttling public interest or comprehension maybe they should rush the White Paper’s release to coincide with, say, the 400m freestyle final in Beijing? Just a thought.

Plastic bags, arts censorship and climate response get Peter Garrett moving up the list, while the relaunch of www.greenvehicleguide.gov.au, which has been around for years but now has an extra (mostly empty) column of numbers gets Albo up the list (just remember no-one can fool the meeja!)

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

25,351

1,000

2

3

Cabinet

Penny Wong

367

419

399

176

7,144

340

3

-1

Opp Leader

Brendan Nelson

197

272

249

440

9,039

289

4

2

Premier

Anna Bligh

268

169

232

342

7,018

253

5

-2

Premier

Morris Iemma

35

307

163

406

8,296

228

6

-2

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

175

283

169

212

5,622

210

7

0

Shadow

Malcolm Turnbull

100

209

140

115

3,610

141

8

6

Cabinet

Stephen Smith

105

162

160

125

3,526

138

9

6

Premier

John Brumby

115

38

170

99

2,412

105

10

-2

Backbench

Alexander Downer

126

58

72

132

2,613

97

11

22

Backbench

Peter Costello

73

164

46

78

2,413

90

12

5

Shadow

Greg Hunt

58

103

72

69

1,966

75

13

40

Backbench

Mark Vaile

67

102

91

31

1,785

73

14

10

Cabinet

Anthony Albanese

75

95

33

64

1,719

67

15

-5

Cabinet

Julia Gillard

102

50

22

77

1,584

63

16

11

Cabinet

Peter Garrett

72

42

44

82

1,657

60

17

-4

Cabinet

Joel Fitzgibbon

43

46

10

105

1,830

51

18

0

Cabinet

Nicola Roxon

69

51

8

42

1,016

42

19

0

NSW Opp Ld

Barry O’Farrell

21

20

0

110

1,664

38

20

3

Independent

Nick Xenophon

45

16

15

69

1,162

36

All relatively quiet on the talkback front as politicians take a backseat to the papal party, although Penny Wong makes her first appearance in the list in a muted response to a muted Green Paper.

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Kevin Rudd

406

2

Penny Wong

84

3

Wayne Swan

74

4

Anna Bligh

61

5

Morris Iemma

54

Such a big week, we’ve got three celebrities — Spiritual power thumps temporal power for once as the Pope gets 75% more coverage than our Heath, the scariest character with a permanent smile since David Gest reconfirms the talent we have lost, and now that Big Brother is finally over could someone please tell us, what the … was all that about?

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Grand Total

Pope Benedict XVI

1,803

14,592

14,581

11,301

42,277

Heath Ledger

407

394

1,044

1,172

3,017

Big Brother

367

604

592

1,434

2,997

There’s more on the Media Monitors website.

 

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