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May 9, 2012

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The Australian's front page -- depicting a Soviet realist-style Wayne and Julia marching before an enormous hammer-and-sickle flag-- is another chapter in the long discussion of what-the-hell-happened-to-Bill-Leak? Plus other media news.

Soviet bunker harbours fading cartoonist. The Australian's front page -- depicting a Soviet realist-style Wayne and Julia marching before an enormous hammer-and-sickle flag, in an Occupy T-shirt before a group of marching workers -- is another chapter in the long discussion of what-the-hell-happened-to-Bill-Leak?

Is the graphic meant to be some arch self-critique of The Oz's hysteria about Red Julia, etc? Or is it, as other cartoons of his have suggested, an increasing willingness to toe the company line? As satire of either Labor or its rhetoric, it misses the mark absolutely, and the budget itself had tepid each-way reviews from such radical outfits as the Business Council of Australia. What's going on? Has Leak, sadly, become one of Chris Mitchell' s minions? Or are we all missing some subtle gag? -- Guy Rundle  ABC's X-rated budget coverage. We'll tip out hat to Reddit for providing this ... err, interesting snapshot of the federal budget coverage by the ABC, as it read on one user's TV guide:

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