Jan 31, 2013

Gillard’s hot date in the media eye of the beholder

What did the nation's political pundits make of the PM's election date announcement yesterday?

Matthew Knott

Former Crikey media reporter

The nation’s political hacks, well-rested after summer soujourns, launched into action yesterday following the Prime Minister’s shock announcement. While many of the pundits who gathered at the National Press Club regard their prognostication skills highly, no one expected to hear an election date.

Gillard’s spinners had leaked the key points of her speech to the newspapers the night before — minus the kicker lines about the election date. The Daily Telegraph‘s Simon Benson managed to scoop the PM by a matter of minutes, tweeting the election date while the PM was still clearing her throat.

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8 thoughts on “Gillard’s hot date in the media eye of the beholder

  1. Glen

    “Star columnist Andrew Bolt” is a justifiable regular for Crikey derision. The interwebses offers up an interesting little sincerity test; call it Clicks of Separation™. So how many irony-free clicks between some Crikey banner and Mr Bolt’s famous blurg?
    Answer: Just 2 … find them.

  2. Bill Hilliger

    If only the printed media made good toilet paper. And yes the wet dreams of the electronic media was abundantly evident at sky news.

  3. Bill Hilliger

    At Doncaster Shopping centre I saw young mothers crying whilst reading the front page of the Herald Sun. When I tried to console one such mother she howled and said: “I want to watch it unfold on Sky News with my fave, the org*smic David Spears.” Must say, I believe JG treated the media badly by depriving them of 8 months speculation on when the next election would be held and who would lead the labor party at that time. My condolances to Nikki Savvas, Michelle Grattan, Gerard Henderson and a host of other so called journalists, nothing left for them to pontificate about. The same gaggle should now concentrate on some TV rated cooking competitions for their giggles.

  4. klewso

    She used to do Maggie Thatcher – now it’s Natasha Stott Despoja?

  5. Ian

    Journalists in the mainstream media have been called many, many insulting names. They have been described as useless, inept, overpaid, bloviating buffoons and much worse. What has never been mentioned is the truth of things.

    Australian journalists are venal, corrupt and incompetent.All of them…without exception or excuse.

    We should be demanding better.

  6. K.D. Afford

    Meanwhile Tony Abbott gloats on getting rid of the carbon and mining taxes. As PM he will announce:

    Australia has raised its level of concern for Climate Change from “No worries”
    to “She’ll be alright, Mate.” Two more escalation levels remain:
    “Crikey! I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!” and
    “The barbie is cancelled.” So far no situation has ever warranted use
    of the final escalation level.
    Apologies to John Cleese.

  7. jesse mandragoria

    quality. stay classy australia.

  8. Dogs breakfast

    You know, the coverage of this could hardly have been more fatuous. The serious media took turns in describing the announcement as ‘tactically clever and strategically bereft, all the way to tactically bereft and strategically clever, and took quotes from various party dingbats (election directors or somesuch) who parrotted predictable party lines.

    I very much doubt that any of them would know the difference between a tactic and a strategy, or that a tactic might be part of a strategy, or that it might be strategic to employ a certin tactic.

    As usual, I was just left with the thought ‘effin w–kers’.

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