As George W snickers over the rampant success of his deep cover plan to destroy US hegemony, this week’s Election edition shows that Our Kevin has managed to pip the US President-Elect thanks to good old radio, the beer and potatoes medium in an increasingly sauvignon blanc and sushi media world. The supposed liberal and international bias seems to be reflected in the volumes for the US candidates in Australia, if not by much. There’s nothing particularly special or unusual about Obama’s candidacy that would warrant that, is there?

Meanwhile, climate change is back on the radar for the first time in months, and the very, very serious Penny Wong pushed the line that we will make money out of the ETS, while also finally starting to talk tough to the states on water.

Chris Bowen was the other big mover, doing much of the media work surrounding the RBA rate cut decision, and also being forced to throw the first sod of dirt onto the coffin of his beloved FuelWatch.

TW

Move

Position

Politician

Press Index

Radio Index

TV Index

Internet Index

Raw total

INDEX

1

0

PM

Kevin Rudd

853

1,000

749

988

24,395

897

2

*

Democrat

Barack Obama

1,000

580

1,000

1,000

23,375

895

3

*

Republican

John McCain

767

268

670

979

19,075

671

4

0

Premier

Nathan Rees

304

558

129

620

12,778

403

5

-2

Opp Leader

Malcolm Turnbull

208

338

360

395

9,517

325

6

-4

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

224

324

263

402

9,033

303

7

-1

Premier

Anna Bligh

195

124

91

68

2,396

119

8

13

Cabinet

Penny Wong

67

170

104

54

2,427

99

9

-1

Premier

John Brumby

128

118

68

68

2,163

95

10

12

Outer

Chris Bowen

56

143

80

44

1,992

81

11

-4

Cabinet

Lindsay Tanner

46

135

30

95

2,329

77

12

-1

NSW Opp Ld

Barry O’Farrell

12

112

33

118

2,462

69

13

0

Cabinet

Nicola Roxon

69

88

28

75

1,776

65

14

-5

Cabinet

Peter Garrett

113

61

35

42

1,258

63

15

-3

Cabinet

Julia Gillard

93

45

11

79

1,492

57

16

-11

Shadow

Julie Bishop

47

78

33

68

1,627

57

17

1

Independent

Nick Xenophon

51

35

47

58

1,299

48

18

8

Premier

Mike Rann

54

77

22

21

953

44

19

-2

Shadow

Christopher Pyne

38

57

18

20

775

33

20

4

Shadow

Tony Abbott

21

50

8

37

881

29

Kevin Rudd and Nathan Rees remain the stars of talkback, as callers show little interest in the faraway election in a former superpower country.

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Kevin Rudd

383

2

Nathan Rees

163

3

Malcolm Turnbull

113

4

Barack Obama

109

5

John McCain

85

In perhaps the clearest sign of end of days that we’ve seen yet, the big early November clash that people have been waiting for all year — the Spring Carnival Marquee smackdown between Jennifer Hawkins and Megan Gale, seems to have been completely overshadowed by…well, how do we put this … actual news.

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Total

INDEX

Jen vs Meegs

152

25

103

27

1,249

69

There’s more on the Media Monitors website.

 

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