Poll confusion in Labor death knell.
Labor would lose both chambers if an election were held now," the headline in The Sydney Morning Herald screams
. Fresh disaster? Is it all over? Well, not exactly.
The "both chambers" story is Peter Hartcher giving Labor both barrels. Taking anonymous internal ALP analysis from a single poll in March, rather than an average of polls over time, the finding is "an absolute worst-case scenario" rather than a likely one, according to, erm, the SMH
's own pollster John Stirton at Nielsen -- as he notes halfway down the story. Oh, and also the use of state breakdowns to arrive at Senate tallies gives you error-prone results, according to Stirton.
Apart from that, it's evidence-based reporting, and not at all an Australian
-style example of Hartcher's endless barracking. Silly stuff. -- Guy Rundle
Plug pulled on nail-biting V8 race.
It was one of the most exciting finishes in recent V8 Supercar racing history. But as Jamie Whincup's Commodore loomed large in the mirrors of Mark Winterbottom's Falcon around the streets of Hamilton in New Zealand, with just five laps to go, television viewers in Australia were left in the dark. When the feed was returned, the race had been run and won.
Commentator Matthew White told viewers "we're as sorry as you are". Channel Seven was absolving itself of responsibility last night -- V8 Supercars Australia has its own broadcast unit that feeds the footage to Seven and other broadcasters. It said in a statement on Facebook
"The broadcast issue for Australian viewers today was caused by the failure of a technical piece of equipment. This highly irregular failure bypassed all levels of redundancy that normally activate automatically.
"The Seven Network were not responsible for any part of the failure. We would again like to offer our sincere apologies."
For furious race fans who missed the action, the final 11 minutes of the race have been posted on YouTube
. It's the latest insult for rev-heads, with sponsors now joining fans
in condemning Ten for pulling its live, high-definition coverage of formula one races from One in favour of the standard-definition channel. -- Jason Whittaker
Front page of the day
. France may have a new president as challenger Francois Hollande has taken the lead over incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy after Sunday's voting.
The Department of Corrections
. Internal research probably showed its readers were cat people. From The News
, from New Glasgow in Canada, on April 20:
Washington Post on how it failed a young blogger