If anyone needed reminding that sport is going to completely dominate the next couple of months, and the news editors reckon everyone’s comprehensively bored with politics after 18 months of heavy coverage, just look to the fact that both Sonny Bill Williams and Cadel Evans received significantly more coverage than Brendan Nelson this week.

The Top Ten almost exactly as you would expect it to be, with the main Federal players (except Gillard) plus the man who wouldn’t be king Peter Costello, plus… the Borg!? Yes the leader of the brand spanking new Liberal National Party (whose critics might claim is neither liberal nor national) is ready to take on the world, or at least Anna Bligh for now… what is it about Queensland and leaders with Teutonic names?

Joe Hockey jumps into the list to say bravo to the Borg, and Alan Carpenter is reportedly unable to ignore the wonderful work of the WA State Opposition and may call the State Election early — basically as a mercy tactic it seems.

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

16,995

1,000

2

1

Opp Leader

Brendan Nelson

394

778

503

563

10,024

560

3

3

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

278

660

671

333

7,483

486

4

1

Premier

Morris Iemma

227

648

148

609

9,118

408

5

6

Backbench

Peter Costello

200

426

435

125

3,909

296

6

2

Cabinet

Stephen Smith

128

396

357

160

3,939

260

7

0

Shadow

Malcolm Turnbull

195

289

326

190

3,876

250

8

29

Qld Opp Ld

Lawrence Springborg

172

387

236

134

3,403

232

9

-5

Premier

Anna Bligh

260

119

141

387

4,998

227

10

-1

Premier

John Brumby

186

371

179

116

3,049

213

11

-9

Cabinet

Penny Wong

154

230

74

258

3,780

179

12

13

Shadow

Tony Abbott

86

215

203

94

2,252

150

13

5

Cabinet

Nicola Roxon

113

172

125

85

1,855

124

14

2

Cabinet

Peter Garrett

114

77

129

68

1,364

97

15

16

Premier

Alan Carpenter

94

150

37

74

1,448

89

16

-4

Shadow

Greg Hunt

81

135

48

81

1,492

86

17

-2

Cabinet

Julia Gillard

88

96

73

84

1,445

85

18

21

Shadow

Joe Hockey

62

134

108

19

954

81

19

-9

Backbench

Alexander Downer

121

36

4

129

1,588

73

20

-6

Cabinet

Anthony Albanese

71

79

51

66

1,130

66

Just to prove that everyone still likes to slow down and rubberneck when they see a train wreck, Premier Iemma takes top spot easily, although even he was well beaten by Sonny Bill.

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Morris Iemma

245

2

Kevin Rudd

151

3

Peter Costello

45

4

Malcolm Turnbull

30

5

Wayne Swan

29

Cadel Evans will be getting sick of the sight of silver, and thanks to SBW the focus stayed in France, a very unhappy spot for Union lovers twelve months ago and an even unhappier spot for League lovers now.

Press

Radio

Television

Internet

Total

INDEX

Cadel Evans

529

736

1,530

384

11,190

813

Sonny Bill Williams

356

980

1,508

256

10,226

787

There’s more on the Media Monitors website.

 

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