The PM’s media coverage up over 50% from last week, a tick over 10,000 syndicated radio items along with the polling numbers showing what a huge task the Opposition have in making headway against the Rudd juggernaut as he strides the world and his own backyard, bravely tackling crises financial and natural, Malcolm Turnbull getting about 15% of the PM’s coverage.

All of this is somewhat of a contrast with second placed Nathan Rees, whose government is facing an avalanche of negative coverage and criticism from virtually every quarter following its mini budget aimed at cutting costs and with increased charges at a time when everyone else is screaming at governments to spend big, as more and more pollies from right to left call for an end to state government altogether.

Meanwhile the biggest mover is Stephen Smith, who managed to sneak in some coverage on foreign affairs matters that the boss let slip through the net.

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

32,077

1,000

2

2

Premier

Nathan Rees

290

320

129

544

11,618

321

3

2

Cabinet

Julia Gillard

257

207

68

177

5,237

177

4

4

Premier

Anna Bligh

261

152

169

71

4,074

163

5

-3

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

143

66

149

282

5,590

160

6

-3

Opp Leader

Malcolm Turnbull

154

80

88

305

5,566

157

7

-1

Cabinet

Lindsay Tanner

138

97

24

132

3,039

98

8

2

Cabinet

Peter Garrett

122

86

32

82

2,323

80

9

5

Cabinet

Anthony Albanese

72

121

43

55

2,390

73

10

2

NSW Opp Ld

Barry O’Farrell

11

95

25

129

2,856

65

11

-4

Premier

John Brumby

115

51

21

53

1,491

60

12

-1

Shadow

Joe Hockey

48

50

39

92

2,056

57

13

-4

Shadow

Julie Bishop

49

36

22

71

1,513

45

14

4

Cabinet

Penny Wong

62

48

3

54

1,294

42

15

-2

Cabinet

Kim Carr

41

42

39

39

1,277

40

16

6

Independent

Nick Xenophon

43

39

27

46

1,248

39

17

12

Cabinet

Stephen Smith

30

20

2

100

1,539

38

18

5

Premier

Colin Barnett

10

82

15

31

1,396

35

19

6

Cabinet

Joel Fitzgibbon

47

56

1

24

955

32

20

1

Party leader

Bob Brown

30

30

38

21

905

30

NSW politics dominates, with the general tone of coverage, ahem, somewhat negative.

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Nathan Rees

595

2

Kevin Rudd

458

3

Malcolm Turnbull

91

4

Barry O’Farrell

77

5

Julia Gillard

68

Forget that movie opening thingy, celebrity of the week is … and what was he famous for again?

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Total

INDEX

John Howard

75

129

65

101

2,062

55

There’s more on the Media Monitors website.

 

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