Why does the Left hate? Some people can’t get over John Howard, appears to be the tenor of remarks by Imre Saluzinskhy, in today’s Abbotalian. One of them is Imre Saluzinskhy. The man who took more than a million dollars of your taxes in salary to teach postmodern literary theory at public universities before taking a package and becoming a free marketeer, writes:

“The Howard haters are back in town…Once again, and not before time, we will have a conservative leader in Australia who is despised by the Left.”

Well Howard-haters is one word for them. The Left is another. A third might be “a clear majority of the electorate”. Given that Abbott’s measure as preferred PM was sitting at around 20% last time anyone looked, the “Abbott-abhorrers” might never have left the joint. — Guy Rundle

Disowning our diggers For months now, the ABC has been fondly referring to Australian soldiers in Afghanistan as ‘diggers’ or even ‘our diggers’, complete with occasional embedded ‘army p-rn’. Last week it was announced that Australian personnel would be investigated in an inquiry into the deaths of five Afghan children in their sphere of operation. Lo and behold, in ABC reports on the matter, on ‘Lateline’ and elsewhere, ‘our diggers’ had miraculously become ‘soldiers’ again. — Guy Rundle

Seven Network Reshuffles At The Top. The Seven Network has reshuffled its programming and production management team to handle the growing demand for Australian content across various media platforms.   Among the changes, Janeen Faithfull has been appointed to a new role of head of content and rights management. — mUmbrella

White House Fights with Politico. When it comes to opponents in the media, the White House has no foe like Fox News. But it may have found another media punching bag in Politico. — New York Magazine

Who Really Won The Ratings? So, another TV ratings year has come to an end, and this time round the winner is … spin. Depending on how you cut the figures, you get very different stories. — National Times

Google Lets Editors Count to Five. Google says it will let publishers set a daily limit on the number of articles readers can view for free through the internet giant’s search engine. The change, which will let publishers limit readers to five free articles per day, comes as news executives step up their war of words against Google, which they claim is pocketing advertising profits on the back of their free content. The Australian

Palin Goes Platinum. A HarperCollins spokeswoman said today that just two weeks after publication, Sarah Palin’s memoir has sold 1 million copies. The print run for Going Rogue has been increased again, to 2.8 million copies. The original printing was 1.5 million, then moved up to 2.5 million. — Newser

AOL’s Latest Business Plan for Success. During the last few weeks, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong has unveiled a series of plans to save the long-suffering company from its lurch into irrelevance. First, massive layoffs. — Slate

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