So, is Nick Xenophon now the second most important politician in Australia? The media seemed to think so this week, and they may not be far wrong after some wins on water from the new Senator, although his relative dominance comes at a record all time low for media coverage of politics. Well, a record since we started doing the Top 20 anyway.

Steve Fielding managed to get a bit of juice out of Fuel Watch and the Murray, but he must surely be a little envious of the amount of coverage his fellow power-balancer is getting, while the Acting PM and recently Acting Opposition Leader were 19th and 22nd respectively on the list. Now there’s something to rage about Germaine.

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

15,109

1,000

2

24

Independent

Nick Xenophon

181

390

404

88

3,556

266

3

0

Opp Leader

Brendan Nelson

198

242

131

404

4,550

244

4

-2

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

382

103

62

301

3,108

212

5

1

Premier

Alan Carpenter

330

219

90

178

2,759

204

6

-2

Premier

Morris Iemma

279

291

26

178

2,895

194

7

-2

Backbench

Peter Costello

227

148

26

270

2,890

168

8

0

Premier

Anna Bligh

288

88

41

154

1,843

143

9

2

Cabinet

Stephen Smith

68

207

18

199

2,498

123

10

19

Minor Party

Steve Fielding

124

146

87

56

1,379

103

11

-1

Shadow

Malcolm Turnbull

87

32

39

226

1,973

96

12

-5

Cabinet

Penny Wong

123

119

3

127

1,575

93

13

4

Premier

John Brumby

182

57

35

84

1,094

90

14

-1

WA Opp Ld

Colin Barnett

23

119

63

143

1,766

87

15

4

Cabinet

Peter Garrett

175

52

22

73

951

80

16

-2

Outer Min

Chris Bowen

56

62

90

92

1,225

75

17

10

Premier

David Bartlett

148

60

24

58

864

72

18

4

NSW Opp Ld

Barry O’Farrell

29

87

12

155

1,589

71

19

-10

Cabinet

Julia Gillard

80

41

25

112

1,129

64

20

5

Premier

Mike Rann

82

59

58

46

807

61

Is consistently being largely ignored by that most opinionated of groups, talkback callers, the worst poll of all for Brendan?

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Kevin Rudd

255

2

Morris Iemma

186

3

Alan Carpenter

161

4

Nick Xenophon

67

5

Brendan Nelson

58

Just to prove we’re not totally jingoistic, the greatest manfish of all aeons got more press and telly coverage than the PM on his way to 8 gold medals. Thorpey must now know how Kieren Perkins feels.

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Total

INDEX

Talkback

Michael Phelps

1,061

372

1,031

359

7,642

706

204

There’s more on the Media Monitors website.

 

Peter Fray

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