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Oct 11, 2012

Is the social media fury at the press gallery misplaced?

Criticism of the Canberra press gallery for its reaction to Julia Gillard's misogyny speech may be misplaced. But it's worth examining in the broader context.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Social media is rarely kind to the Canberra press gallery but this week there’s been one of those periodic outburts of fury. Only, unlike the 2010 election campaign or the Labor leadership spill early this year, this one has a strong element of gender to it.

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  1. Andrew Chalmers

    But Bernard, it wasn’t just the Twitterati, it was also the veracity of it bounding through Facebook.

    With a far more representative section of the population, it looked as though an entire generation of young women, who had NEVER been engaged with politics before were suddenly tapped on the shoulder.

    The video was linked, relinked and relinked again through suburbs and regions across the country with young women pressing ‘Like’.

    Now, that’s politics.

  2. Frank

    Is there a word missing after “misogyny” in that lede?

  3. robinw

    Perhaps the Press Gallery’s job description needs expanding. It’s remarkably empty of anything but sound and fury right now and we know what that quote ends up as … ‘signifying nothing’. I agree with those commentators who state that the Canberra Press Gallery has been in one place too long and point to AAP and Reuters as examples of organisations that by rotating staff regularly have fresh perspectives offered while with our lot, they are so stale as to be predictable.

  4. Jimmy

    “The press gallery doesn’t see its job as analysing the social significance of politics. Its focus is on political tactics — what works politically, what doesn’t, what impact political performances will have on the functionality of the government in the short term and, over the longer term, its prospects for re-election” What a load of old cobblers – the press gallery currently sees it’s role as regime change and if they can’t get that they want a leader to be toppled – everything is reported through that prism.
    The fact that the right have far more “commentators” and a willing cheersquad in News ltd means this was always going to be viewed as anti Gillard. The fact that more independent journalists with no “skin in the game” have seen it as a line drawn in the sand against s-xism clealry demonstrates the lack of perspective from the gallery.

    It will be interesting in coming days to see if the main stream media in this country stick to their based view (see today HS front page) or listen to the comments from OS and social, recognise a change in the public’s mood and change their tune.

  5. robinw

    And in addition, how can Gillard be a misogynist? A misandrist maybe though not on any evidence I have seen.

  6. Jimmy

    “The press gallery doesn’t see its job as ana l ysing the social significance of politics. Its focus is on political tactics — what works politically, what doesn’t, what impact political performances will have on the functionality of the government in the short term and, over the longer term, its prospects for re-election” What a load of old cobblers – the press gallery currently sees it’s role as regime change and if they can’t get that they want a leader to be toppled – everything is reported through that prism.
    The fact that the right have far more “commentators” and a willing cheersquad in News ltd means this was always going to be viewed as anti Gillard. The fact that more independent journalists with no “skin in the game” have seen it as a line drawn in the sand against s-xism clealry demonstrates the lack of perspective from the gallery.

    It will be interesting in coming days to see if the main stream media in this country stick to their based view (see today HS front page) or listen to the comments from OS and social, recognise a change in the public’s mood and change their tune.

  7. jmendelssohn

    It’s worth remembering that Tuesday’s debate came just after Monday night’s Q+A when the men on the panel, led by the appalling Christopher Pyne, treated Kate Ellis with open contempt. Tony Jones was either unwilling or unable to control them.
    I was still seething about this when I heard Julia Gillard’s response to Abbott – and gave a mighty cheer. Enough is enough. It’s about time the bully boys in politics and the media met a true Mistress of Discipline.

  8. drmick

    Maybe its the press gallery that needs to get there heads out and smell some real air for change. Who gives a purple toss about the tactics. There are no tacticians in the opposition and Limited News could phone in question time on behalf of the parroting cerebral vacuum that parade as the opposition. They have to be coached in the delivery & the content of the delivery every day. Geez.
    You are saying the content of what is said is irrelevant? So the faithful reporting of the bastardry of the opposition and its supporters, (which is all that the Main Sewer Media report anyway), is what you report?. Any wonder the gallery doesn’t understand. You are reporting for whom? How many? Any wonder the great unwashed vote for the “Tactical Hero” of the parliament then.

  9. Jimmy

    Jmendelssohn- I only saw the last couple of minutes of Q&A but what I saw was terrible, Ellis couldn’t get a word in without Pyne & Ackerman yelling over the top while wearing a stupid schoolboy grin.

  10. David Grace

    And the MSM wonder why they are becoming increasingly irrelevant…commenting on politics as if its some kind of bizarre football match is not what people are after from journalists. Especially when only one side of the football match they believe they are reporting on is supported. Michelle Gratton’s attempt to explain herself on radio national was pathetic.

    Time for a change…remove the tired hacks from both journalism and parliament and get people with real vision and principles in there instead.

    And by the way, everyone apart from the journos heard in the speech that she did not support Slipper, Ms Gillard did however support due process which I thought should be applauded.

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