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EYE-BALL Opinion on – Post Mortem – the role of the media …

February 27, 2012
Post Mortem – the role of the media …
The way Politics is presented to this Nation needs to be reviewed on many levels in light of the current expose.  This ‘after’ and ‘before’ saturation and forensic type commentary with opinions offered by all media outlets with their own agenda’s – is this the way we want our Politics covered and presented?

For starters – and similar to the MP’s themselves – how much is really known about each of these media presenters, their editors and the agenda each of them have?  It was obvious over the last week that media presenters had their own views and were reporting those views in a biased way throughout this GILLARD v RUDD leadership challenge.   The DRUM and shows like it present to ‘stand-up’ side of politics from a reporters perspective – often making fun and prodding a thought to incite audience connect.  Is this adding to the integrity or diminishing the perception of public interest and how our politicians are viewed.

The Politicians can be held accountable themselves for seeking the media spotlight – it is the easiest way to attack or spread a new policy and it works both ways for the Opposition as well as the Government.

The influence the media have on public opinion dictates how MP’s have to win favour with the media proprietors and presenters to get good positive airtime.   It is a time for ‘one-liners’ and that is what MP’s staffers are looking for every day – a punchy line that gets played over and over again with the MP who delivered it on the TV tube in front of voters.

The ‘candy-ass’ sweetness hiding the bile and contempt simmering beneath the surface is how our politics is reported on.  All the reporters know the goings on of MP’s both private and political – and all that is hidden to present a Government that has some idea of what they’re doing in running a country.

All that has been raised about Mr RUDD and his dysfunctionality – if we had of been given good and honest reporting by the media at the time – as opposed to the all night commentary feeding the frenzy perhaps there would have been some support for Gillard’s actions – but after the fact and filling in the blanks is not how our politics should be reported.

If the ALP wants to rebuild and to a large degree reinvent itself – then the media should take a step back and reflect its influence and reporting of politics.  The public’s interest is acknowledged – but productivity over the past week across the Nation was impacted because of the political distractions.  Is this a good thing?

Time fo everybody to have a rethink … to help with that rethink the following YouTube post is presented: [from the office of Barnaby Joyce.]

[correction – the video is from See http://barnabyisright.com/about/  – and nothing to do with Barnaby Joyce or the National Party.


Please use the Commonwealth Government links below to find your Local Member and let them know how you feel about this – of you can just post a comment below and let off some steam. [Links updated 23rd Feb 4:00pm Sydney Time due to page move.]

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The EYE-BALL Opinion …

  1. February 27, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing the video. Please note, however, that it is not from the office of Senator Joyce – it is from a private blog, and not associated with Senator Joyce or the National Party. See http://barnabyisright.com/about/

  2. February 27, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you for the update – have corrected the post’s accrediatation …

    regards … The EYE-BALL

  3. david the pragmatist
    February 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Who’s going to do the review?

    I know Abbot and Costello “who’s on first”

    or the above cartoon character “me me me me me”

  4. February 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Hey Funnyman …

    That is a good point – any self regulation will be about keping an eye on the opposition …

    It will all come down to the politicians not feeding the media – and thay is where it begins and ends – the media are off limits to all MP’s – the Leaders front the media once a week/fortnight with Cabinet and shadow cabinet and answer ‘talk till you drop’ questions …

    Can the MP’s wean themselves off the daily/weekly ego media rush – that is the big question …

    Just imagine if you took all the commentary, inuendo, back and forth comments at eachother … all the doostop and on the road stuff – comeon – its been hand fed to us – we didn’t ask for it – it has evolved this way …

    The other option – just turn off the TV – unsubscribe from the news feeds – and send them a message why you have unsubscribed …

    The blog sites will rule – all free – more subjective and more direct … it will evolve all over again – Twitter and Facebook will become more the focus … it will be unstoppable – but the paid journo’s will be out of the game …

    Pipedream stuff right … back to the drawing board then …


  5. david the pragmatist
    February 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Remember that movie Gone With the Wind

    Well your pissing into it !!!

    You should start a new dance “splash back” or that fellow named “glasscock” you could see him coming !

  6. February 27, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Just so over the emotiveness of Politics and caring … none of them give a crap about the people and the spuik dished up after the ballot of ‘she’s all right mate’ made me puke …

    tosser’s the lot of them …

  7. February 27, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    The ALP have just thrown the most creditable and most liked politician on a scrap heap – and what for …

    time to try and care about something else …

  8. HissyFit
    February 27, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Hang in there Eyeball,


  9. Herman
    March 1, 2012 at 9:36 am

    The post mortem will take some time yet. What has occurred over 2012 is all part of Gillard deposing Rudd in 2010. Last week I could not see any good whatsoever. Today I still see very bad for Australia, Very bad for ALP, and struggle to find any wholesome outcome. Very good for Tony Abbott and the entire Federal Liberal side of politics, which may be good for Australia according to your political stance, but a healthy opposition is ideal. Will that remain after the next election? The ALP are convinced they can turn it around.

    Regarding the media, they are a pack of sharks, and that is because that is what we the consumer lap up. If we did not care about whatever the topic may be soon or later the advertising revenues and other performance indicators go elsewhere. I tend to agree with Eye ball we need to march to another drum. We need to not take on all that the media feed us. 3 hour good morning shows which repetively tell us the same gossipy snippets followed by 2 hour today style programmes followed by 1/2 hour news bulletin. Similar in the late afternoons. All pretty mindless, cheap and nasty copy, and the backbone of commercial TV profitability.

    The campaign that Kevin Rudd ran with (and failed) was consensus and not that far removed from presidential elections. Is Australia ready to again think about a republic debate? K Rudd president (ceremonial), J Gillard Prime Minister (and leader of the House). Republicanism of course goes much further than that.

    The retirement from Parliament of Mark Arbib is totally different. For mine wanting to attach to your children is so normal, and goes beyond poltics to all fields of endeavour, that demand long hours and weekends. That is a choice. Then the secondary reasons like spirit of atonement and moving on tends to ring true very much because of Wikileaks. Mark Arbib is rarely seen on TV, tends to be mentioned only in respect of machinations, never policy implementation or debate. We are possibly better off with him gone from the frontline. Wikileaks has cast Mark Arbib in a very clandestine light. As a senator he is replaced casually and does not create a by election. That needs further thought.

    The re definition of faceless men is something different. Many frontbenchers will be permanently tarnished by the events of late last week. Their roles will be their epitath. Previously faceless now just fools.

    This brings me to clean air, naming the ministry and front bench and this new twist of Bob Carr. If the argument was that Kevin Rudd was sucking all of the clean air from policy debates, then you can’t blame him for what has occured since Monday morning. Given the vote on Monday morning was mere formality, and Mark Arbib’s decision was unexpected two junior ministers should be promoted, (to replace Rudd and Arbib (Arbib was hardly seen)) and the rest should get on with it. The thought that Kim Carr or Robert McCleland or anyone else (Doug Cameron) need to wonder what might befall them is the seeds for the next challenge in the second half of this year. That is hardly clean air. Bob Carr is totally different. I would have thought that Stephen Smith is an easy choice to replace the Foreign Minister.

    So again we end up at Trades Hall, Sussex Street or the NSW Right, (whatever you want to term it). A right wing numbers man retires from the senate, and is replaced by his higher profile brother of the NSW right (Bob Carr) who had an ambition in Foreign Affairs 20 odd years ago (before he became NSW longest serving Premier), where the NSW ALP is still wholly on the nose……….. (in Macquarie Street and federally)……….

    What next? As they say in spirituality we are all victim of our own doing.

    Stay tuned, same bat time, same bat channel

  10. March 1, 2012 at 11:03 am

    All things politics are on the nose – much the same as vicious and free-falling financial markets – the emotion can only last so long before it needs to take a break and then the stench of it all wafts around us all ….

    All the build up to the ALP Leadership challenge was a bigger event than the final showdown – always the case – sell the rumour buy the fact …

    Arbib’s entrance and vacating of his Senate seat is another grenade that Gillard has to deal with – can she blame RUDD for this … she will never be able to replace RUDD in that portfolio – and if the Opposition was effectual – they would be able to expose GILLARD … but alas … ABBOTT cannot be blamed for brains he does not posess …

    Bligh and Newman are out there announcing $100’s millions of new programs over the last few days – all trying to win an election and then retract their spending promises and survive for three more years.

    Nothing changes – people get to think which Party will give then the most handouts and then when they find they’re worse off they tune out until the next election and then get sucked in all over again. Nothing changes – what is the alternative?

    It’s depressing when too much information about the corruptiveness of it all filters through. Who can you trust in this world – your Banker, your Local Member, your Federal member, your overseas owned grocer, your ABC TV – how many of them all sold out to the highest bidder a long time ago …

    It really is just a slow roast for all of us until we realise that once we get sick and our health detiorates – then can we trust a doctor or hospital – from there it begins to feel like death is a far better option – who wants to stand by and watch the world descend into madness …

    Why can’t Leaders see this – more than half the world is now living below the poverty line – the news broadcasters won’t tell you this – it’s depressing and it’s news that would only tip the scales … ‘let’s focus on the positives’ … what a wank …

    The game is over – the world has lost … and life now is about self-survival for so many – crime will increase – and the real crime – all the politicians and heads of Governemnt Departments eating their free meals and drinking their free wines – are the biggest crims of all – there are more criminals serving this country than there are in prisons …

    Go to sleep … it is a betetr fate …

  11. Herman
    March 1, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I ditto Hissy Fit. Hang in there Eye ball

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