Rossleigh posted an interesting comment on The AIMN yesterday, which I don’t think he’ll mind me repeating:
Part of the fight against any government is to ensure that the questions are examined in all their complexity, rather than simply allowing a simplistic response to a fragment. This has often been where the media has played an important role.
Reading the Murdoch Press today, I am aware of the many complexities and implications of the Buddy Franklin move to the Sydney Football Club. At least nine stories were about that. There may have been more. I stopped counting.
There was one story on Abbott’s trip to Indonesia – in fact, that may have been the only story about Abbott in the whole paper.
Lance (Buddy) Franklin, within days of helping Hawthorn to the AFL flag, had just signed a lucrative deal with the Sydney Swans. Tony Abbott, meanwhile, as our new Prime Minister was on his first overseas trip with the hopes of a redneck nation sitting on his shoulders that he would literally kick arse. He promised us he would.
Then someone switched the lights off.
I find it amusing that prior to his elevation to PM, Tony Abbott couldn’t even open an envelope without the media publishing at least 15 stories describing what a wonderful achievement it was. Not a morning went by without a story in the Murdoch Press beginning with “Tony Abbott says . . . ”
He couldn’t hop on a push bike or don a yellow vest without it turning into a media circus.
He was photographed and interviewed while looking at bananas, holding bags of ice, eating pies and kissing babies. The Murdoch media talked about his trips to butchers, the beach, or to the set of Big Brother. With every breath, with every step, he was the anointed one.
Now he is a non-issue despite his invasion of Indonesia.
The silence can only mean one thing: Abbott made a total fuck-up of his Indonesian trip and our media know it.
“Thank God for Lance Franklin’s move to Sydney” I can hear them say.
At least he can kick goals. The PM certainly can’t. 😉