It’s impossible to find a political article on news.com that is at least half-balanced. The scales are certainly balanced in Abbott’s favour. ‘Media populism’ I like to call it, as it takes on a flavour not dissimilar to the political populism practiced religiously by Abbott himself.
I noticed an article tonight that joined the ‘ho-hum, Julia is bad, Tony is good’ mantra: Did Gillard reveal election agenda in on-air slip-up?
Let’s grab a few lines out of the article and pick out the ‘Julia is bad Tony is good bits’.
The Prime Minister came close to admitting her western Sydney visits ending today are part of the September 14 election campaign.
Why is that a bad thing? Of course it’s part of the election campaign. God forbid! The PM is electioneering in what might be marginal areas. Bad, bad Julia.
The Opposition also has been in the area after a leak of the Prime Minister’s plans to stay in a Rooty Hill hotel gave them five days to prepare a counter offensive.
My goodness, the Opposition want to campaign in Western Sydney too. Apparently that’s OK. Good Tony.
Ms Gillard insisted she was talking to and listening to locals after being accused on 2UE of having never “slowed down to have a look at people”.
How many people can you talk to during an election campaign? Not enough, apparently. Bad, bad Julia.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, also in western Sydney today, belittled the Prime Minister’s visits.
“Western Sydney isn’t like a foreign country to me. I don’t have to make a big deal about my visits here,” Mr Abbott said in the marginal seat of Lindsay.
Wow, is that the best he can come up with after five days of planning? Gosh he’s good.
OK, so Tony can belittle the PM for visiting Western Sydney because she is there to campaign? What’s Tony doing there then? Isn’t a counter offensive to the PM’s electioneering meant to include electioneering too?
Can you please let us know how many people he talks to while he’s there?
Here’s a photo of good Tony talking to people without running away from the hard questions.