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THE DUMBING DOWN HAS JUST BEGUN

I’m a political junkie. I absolutely love it. I love getting into the nuts and bolts of policies, the machinations behind the national and international decisions we make and the way our policy interacts with our law.

It’s fascinating, meaty stuff.

 

So I’m pretty done with political reporting at the moment. Pretty, bloody done. I am exhausted by the absolute bullshit of a media that lectures the Prime Minister to get on with policy, and then pointblank refuses to report anything except what some journo heard some other journo say about Kevin Rudd.

I’m tired of anachronisms like reporter Paul Kelly lecturing the women of Australia on Q&A last week that we shouldn’t be talking about Gillard’s speech on equality for women in Australia, we should be focussing on ‘real policies’. Good point, mate. Women being paid the same as men (or even, god forbid, Mr Kelly, being able to talk about the things they find important in public) is silly, daft lady business.

Forget the sexism involved in rubbish like that, it’s the pure, utter lack of intelligence that has finally sent me over the edge. If you genuinely can’t see that gender equality is part of the business of politics, then you have absolutely no right to call yourself a political reporter.

On top of that, I’m entirely ready to take a shovel, dig up the press gallery and turn it into a garden for ornamental cacti. Their lack of self awareness is staggering. Who, on one hand, lectures politicians for focusing on leadership instability, while at the same time, reporting on nothing else?

Monday morning, the Prime Minister gave a lecture on the economy and pointed out a number of massive flaws in the recent reporting of it. What were the questions after the media conference? Were they on the speech she just gave? Of course not! I don’t even think the press gallery listens to anything she says any more – if they ever did in the first place.

The only questions she was asked were the same stroke-inducing ones she’s asked every time she’s interviewed, like this little pearler: “Would you accept that you shouldn’t be the leader any more?”

Apart from the fact that journalism 101 teaches you to never ask a question that can only be answered with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’, what did the genius that launched such a searing, astute inquisition expect to receive in return?

theage“Why yes, my reporter friend, now that you’ve put it like that, I should stand down immediately. As Prime Minister, I sit around all day contemplating whether journalists think I should run the country and after The Age told me to resign last week, I thought ‘bugger it’. Who needs a democracy where people vote? We should let the media run the place as some sort of benevolent dictatorship where all we talk about is what other journalists talk about.”

Of course, the Prime Minister didn’t say that, she batted away one stupid question after another, even as Twitter lit up to berate her for not treating the media with the deference they deserve. (Truly, the media don’t need to respect the office of the Prime Minister, she needs to respect them. Welcome to your brave, new Murdoch world.)

God, I wish someone had dared tell Paul Keating to bow down before his media rulers after he called reporter Richard Carleton a ’24 carat pissant’. He probably would have ripped their heads off with his bare hands.

But we live in different times now. We live in a world where the media truly believe they are more important than everyone else and where they become livid if the people we elect try to talk to us about policy, instead of to them about gossip.

Christopher Pyne held a media conference Monday morning as well and had a crack at talking about the Liberal Party’s education policy. The first question he was asked when he finished? What did he think about Kevin Rudd’s leadership chances.

Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd parliament

The second question he was asked was what happened to the rat that bit him during a charity sleep-out on the weekend. He quipped it died of bubonic plague. The third question to Christopher Pyne was from an excited journalist, thinking he had the scoop of the week, seriously asking if Pyne now had bubonic plague as well. Pyne had to point out it was a joke.

Oh yes, and questions on the education policy Pyne had spoken about? Zero.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your Canberra press gallery.

Maybe it’s time (in fact, it really is high time) that our politicians stopped pandering to political reporters. I’m tired of watching MPs answer questions that mean absolutely nothing. They should simply stop. Instead, they should turn the tables and rip the reporter asking the daft question a new one.

The next time he is asked ‘Do you support the Prime Minister?’ I want Bill Shorten to answer by saying, “No, I support Team Jacob, what do you think, dickhead? Ask me a proper question or I’m going to shove that microphone up your date.’

The next time Greg Combet is asked, ‘Do you agree with the Opposition’s call for the Government to stand down?’, I want him to say “Why yes, of course I do! This is because I am an utter moron. Christ on a stick you dolt when, I ask you, has any Government ever resigned because someone in the Opposition asked them to? Did you finish primary school? How did you get a press pass? Does your mother know you’re out on your own?’

And the next time our Prime Minister is asked ‘What do you say to those who call you incompetent?” I want her to answer, ‘You’re calling me incompetent? Ah haaaa! Ah ha ha haaaaaaa!!!’ And then I want her to grab two reporters and clunk their heads together, Three Stooges style.

At the moment, we’re all waiting for September 14th, as if once that date is passed, the tone of debate in Australia will magically become more articulate and nuanced and the reporting on the running of our country will focus on policy and not personality.

It won’t happen.

This is how politics is reported now. The dumbing down of Australia has only just begun.

 

*Corinne Grant is a stand-up comedian, MC, presenter, writer and broadcaster and has performed both nationally and internationally. In addition to her years on Rove Live and The Glasshouse, she has appeared on everything from Spicks and Specks to Dancing With The Stars to Good News Week. She has co-hosted successful national radio shows, performed countless solo live shows and appeared everywhere from the Sydney Opera House to the Kalgoorlie Arts Centre. Corinne’s first book, Lessons In Letting Go: Confessions of a Hoarder (Allen and Unwin) was released in September 2010 and went into reprint just months after its release. You can follow her on Twitter @corinne_grant.

 

 

 

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348 Comments

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Dianne

    We walk in lock step Corinne. If only I could find my old copy of 1984 I could provide the piece Orwell wrote about the role played by the media in his dystopia. Decades and decades ago he nailed it. What we have now is propaganda leavened by entertainment. And yes Tony W your fav Catch 22 pinged it too. Just one example of the Catch at work. JG has been accused of not selling The Message by the media who will not permit her to do so. She wants to. She is blocked. Those who block her accuse her of not getting the message out. Perfectly circular like a tumbleweed. She gets up to promote a policy and up pops a person with a microphone to ask her about KR. She is accused of knifing Rudd. Yet Rudd is hardly criticized for destabilizing The ALP for three years, virtually knifing a whole party. No he is a handy character for some in the media. He helps support the case that JG is a failed leader. Kevin is good for a few laughs too. I listened to Question Time yesterday. She controls it. Whatever concerns I have about some ALP policies does not stop me from recognizing that JG is a remarkable woman who is truly at ease with herself.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      denese

      I would also ask u to go back further in time around 1930s to find slogans,
      , are we losing control of our country, abbott is not compeled to have debates or go on the abc funded by the tax payer he has no policies,
      except take, pensions will not be incremented and the gst comes in but people don’t know this,’where are we living in eastern Europe in the 60s
      I ask lots of people strangers about abbott over the last 12 months I may have found 5 that liked him
      so why the polls,
      legislations must be bought in so the abc has to have opp leaders on re debates and must be chaired by independent chairperson no one from the abc,
      the abc use to be a place to go to now its to be avoid in case we get something shuved down our throat by some obnoxious commentator or guest,
      the abc should not be allowed to comment only present news
      the abc should be sold or reduced back to radio stations and one chanel and childrens chanel.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      Lesley

      Good call Corinne – I am sick of media speculation on leadership and the lack of interest in policy – they either don’t ask about it or don’t listen. Yes leadership is an issue but not the only story in town.

      I had to turn Q&A off last night -could not stand any more on leadership analysis – and as for Richo’s rant…

      Good if the media can report about hard core policy and how Tony Abbott wants to roll back the carbon tax and his laughable “stop the boats ” policy . What is he going to do about Gonksi reforms – The media are giving him a free ride.- he’s laughing. Why don’t they grill him about policy since the media is telling us Abbott will be the next PM.

      • Reply June 26, 2013

        Cheryl Kershaw

        Absolutely BRILLIANT!!!
        Richo was terrible on Q&A. Considering the performance of the right in the ALP in NSW his ‘kingdom’ he should just shut up!

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      alifus

      Personally I think it is more like Brave New World where the people are so flooded with information that none of it makes sense any-more.

    • Reply June 26, 2013

      Val

      Hear!!!! Hear!!!!

    • Reply June 26, 2013

      Peter Warrington

      yes she was nailing them in Parliament. but you would never see that on the telly. she drilled Mirabella on carbon today. if it had been Keating or Costello it would have been all they played that day. instead, Rudd getting out of bed is what they ran with.

      her last two weeks in the house have been incredible. I would have preferred she got more Dixers on the economy and let Garrett talk more about Gonski. but she has been impeccable, despite probably fearing deep down what was about to happen. doesn’t count for nothing, because I saw it, despite the boycott on actual journalism by the media.

    • Reply July 1, 2013

      Helen

      Another thought on replies-you-wish-you’d-heard:
      On being asked whether Tim was gay, Julia could have replied, “Why, do you fancy him?”

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Louise

    Thanks Corinne! Reading your article is the first time I have actually enjoyed reading about politics in ages. Remember back in the day when Richard Carlton asked Bob Hawke about ousting Bill Hayden? Bob ripped him a new one. It was a joy to behold.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    koalaburger

    It is amazing that we are the best performing economy in the world and the envy of many governments. We have been praised by the World Bank and the IMF. Our treasurer was voted treasurer of the year and we have a AAA rating from all 3 ratings agencies. YET many of us believe this is the worst government in history.

    The only explanation is the massive MSM propaganda offensive against this government. With the highest concentration of media ownership in the Industrialised world, this is so serious it is not just a threat to democracy, it is the end of democracy. If Abbott gets in, the government and media will be in lockstep and will be no different from Russia and Pravda of the last century.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      denese

      only because the media repeat suff and repeat suff
      I see great tweets from economist tyring to cut through

      this is more brain washing by the media, we have to speak out aust, don’t disucss politics enough, I have decided I will have a target of 5 people every time I venture out , as I am retired its not a lot I would ask u all to do like wise who cares if u up set some one,,, they will be more up set when the country goes in to recession or depression, which Is what i expect with libs,/abbott no ideas how to run the economy at all only increase gst and take the mining tax away from the wealthy
      ,
      , what worries me about great sites like this are we just talking to each other

      we must go out and talk to every one strangers and friends
      will we lose medi care pbs is abbott hell bent on destroying all labor policies now and past just because he wants to,

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      Kel

      And yet this has been going on for many years. Murdoch has anointed every PM since Whitlam and then of course he destroyed him. That turd Kelly was launching into a rant refuting the notion that Limited News conspires against governments but we all know it is true. Documentaries have been made about it; his former editors have confirmed it and yet not even the hacking scandal has blunted his malevolent interference with democratic processes. The one shining light is social media and blogs. Where else can you get some sensible political discussion. Love your work Corinne!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Jodes

    Perhaps we need to directly question these journalists through interviewing on why the hell they continue to let us down? Oh for the Chaser team to be on air – they’re such a useful weapon against stupidity!

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      kerry

      The journo’s don’t and won’t ask the questions that need to be asked because they are told what questions to ask…It is so glaringly obvious..Step out of line and you lose you job or your out of step with your journo mates…Most of them are a bunch of preppy snooty nose kids with zero life experience and an ego that tells them they can say and do what they like…Mindless indifferent with zero passion for their craft…

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Susie

    Well said Corinne. I get more information from Twitter than the MSM these days. At least you can go straight to the source and not the filtered version they commercial media serve up.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Ray

    Corinne as usual you are spot on. Journalists are an endangered species in Australia almost extinct.

    Where have all the journalists gone?????

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      Peter

      They are dead or took their redundancy pay from Fairfax

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      Paul

      Where are the journalists? Locked up for not revealing sources and held without trial or legal representation for things they might have said or been going to say.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    MichelleP

    Thanks Corinne. I know you’re studying but can you please write some more?
    I wrote to Leigh Sales last week about the same issue…I blogged it here: http://mhsts.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/dear-leigh-sales.html
    Comments all support it too. The feeling is widespread.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      MrsAye

      Michelle P, Well written letter to Leigh Sales. Wholeheartedly agree.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      Reb

      Fantastic letter Michelle! It needs to distributed much more broadly. Our country seems to be sleepwalking into an Abbott government for all the wrong reasons and without a clue of what his team will have in store for us. Wake up Australia!!!

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      Bridget

      I love this Corinne! You go, girl!!!! Wow, how refreshing to hear something that’s actually true for a change!!!! And fantastic letter, MichelleP! I can’t believe that even our ABC has gone to hell in a handbasket.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    the*sparrow

    Thank you so much for writing this Corinne, I only wish that this could be mandatory reading for the entire country.

    Wait – as I typed this I heard Anthony Albanese answer Fran Grant’s question re whether JG will still be the leader this time next week with “Yes – well, what did you think I was going to say?!”, so maybe he reads the Hoopla!

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      the*sparrow

      Oops, sorry Fran, I meant Fran Kelly of course, who on earth is Fran Grant?!

      • Reply June 25, 2013

        Sandy

        Stan Grant’s mum

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Bec

    Thanks Corrine, you’ve nailed it as always. I was absolutely astonished by the arrogance of The Age’s editorial last week. As much as I worry about the impact social media has had on the MSM and their new modus operandi, thank god for the internet. At least if we care to look we can find writers like you who give us a different perspective.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Karen

    Great article! Your point about ripping up the press gallery to plant cacti is, however, redundant. Someone beat you to it a number of years ago. It’s just taken people a while to notice.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    psquared

    Thanks, Corinne, for the best laugh I’ve had in weeks. I soo want to see JG go all Stooges in their heads. That mental image will keep me chuckling all day.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Levin12

    Hi Corinne. Thank you for this article . Media is a business now . The way they try and make money for their shareholders is the FUD principle . Fear , uncertainty and doubt . Leigh Sales interviewing Craig Emerson recently on 7.30 is another case in point . But less and less people are buying newspapers , so you have to wonder how long they can exist in their current form . So many journos seem to take pleasure in the current state of affairs…..laughing at each other’s witticisms and put downs. Our PM gives a speech to women covering many subjects , but what do the journos write about ? Blue ties ! Says it all .

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Barto

    Perhaps we’ll get some policy reporting from the media before the election but I doubt it, doesn’t matter anymore though, I’m voting Labor just to stick it up Murdoch and Rinehart for constantly telling me who to vote for.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Marnie

    This questioning of Julia Gillard is the Liberal Partys “campaigning”, throw mud, try to make it stick and get Tony Abbott elected no matter what.

    I agree that when she is asked ridiculous questions by the so called “press” that she can remain a lady. If the Press think they are going to get something from Tony Abbott, then they may just find themselves on the outer with him too. He is using the press big time, all his old “mates” to do his dirty work. Like being used???

    Come September the Liberals may just get a boot in the backside too, people are getting sick of their rotten style of politics and the filthy things that have been said by them about the Prime Minister.

    You go Julia! You have achieved more in the last three years than John Howard did in his entire 11 years. Look those facts up before anybody lambasts me about them because its true!

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      DavidM

      You’re right Marnie. The obvious disdain with which members of the opposition treat the Prime Minister is disgusting yet these people if, unfortunately, are elected to government will expect people to love them. I do wish that when the PM is asked or reminded that 3 years ago she said they would bring in a balanced she would take the opportunity to ask the questioner how much, in fiscal terms, is the cost to Australian economy of 2 overseas military engagements to which the previous Liberal Party government committed Australia.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Ross McNeilage

    Right on the mark Corrine, as usual. The current media quality is deplorable, those of us that see it for what it is despair for Julia Gillard. Not because we like her or even vote for her, but because of the shameful way she is treated by the MSM and their delight in treating her so disrespectfully. Keep up the good work and Koalaburger, with your permission I am going to copy your letter and plaster it all over FB. Thanks

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Levin12

    Malcolm Turnbull is way ahead of Tony in the preferred leader stakes of the Libs . Where are the headlines ?

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      Kay of WA

      Well Levin12, when Mr Turnball was the Opposition Leader, his polling was very low, in fact, in the doldrums.

      If Mr Beazley had allowed Mr Turnball to join the Labor Party, just think, he could have been the Prime Minister of Australia.

      Nice man, but Prime Minister. Oh No. Throws a good tantrum though. My 4 year old grandson and Mr Turnball could have competitions at tantrum throwing.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Bev Harris

    Ah Corinne, you’ve done it again. Every word you’ve written perfectly depicts our anger, frustration and despair with political reporting in Oz.

    The 5th Estate needs to prevail to protect our sanity til 15th Sept and beyond. Should Abbott win I’ve no doubt that MSM owners and editors will demand that news is filled with policy detail and gentility.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Space Kidette

    Hear! Hear!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Sandy

    Brilliant! Hilarious! Honest. This article deserves a very wide audience.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Ditto Above

    You made me feel sorry for Christopher Pyne, no small achievement……how on earth can someone practise journalism yet be so thick as to not enjoy a play on words, scrap enjoy at least read the tone of quip….

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    TraceyA

    Spot on Corinne. One of the reasons I really want Labor to win the next election now is so I can watch the heads of the press gallery explode. They are an utter disgrace.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Rob

    In a franchised world Big Brother isn’t the government.

    Wonderful piece Corinne. Interesting to note it is the comedians and artists who are shining the light of truth both here and in the US.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Colette

    Brilliant Corrine ! Like others I am using twitter as my main news source these days and mainly because I am tired of the MSM ‘s seeming inability to present a balanced argument on any political issue.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Joanne Jones

    Thank you Corinne. Thank you. 🙂

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Chris

    So glad to hear there are more people feeling this way… Thanks Corinne… The media is beyond ridiculous… Feels more like “he said/ she said crap you’d expect from a magazine designed for young teenagers…

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Chris

    1984. Media that puts out what Big Brother wants. Climate Ministers who want to scrap the carbon tax. Education ministers who want to take money out of schools, politicians who don’t want to put out policies… etc etc Not that far off Orwell’s vision.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    janet

    HEAR BLOODY HEAR !!!
    Can’t wait for my first community meeting or doorknock with my local Labor candidate. I will be answering the questions the media SHOULD BE ASKING

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    David

    Am I allowed to disagree? I disagree with most of this. Sorry Corinne. If/when there is a leadership change this week, would that not justify all the questioning on the leadership? It is the biggest issue that people want sorted, so it is the news. I want our media doing this. To do anything else and ignore it, would be ignorant and neglecting responsibility.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      Evil

      David, consider that there is no contest for leadership and that the media has cleverly edited statements from various political figures to indicate otherwise – then add speculation from some hack journalist. What you are being presented with by news channels is, as this article makes quite clear, probably second-hand information at best, outright fabrications at worst, and altogether jumped up sensationalism. In other words, there may be no issue except that the media has created the appearance an issue.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      anne louise

      David, also don’t diminish the destabilizing effect of the media gossip on the back benchers. It can easily become a vicious circle. And I don’t put it past the media for wanting it that way.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      kerry

      David, it shouldn’t be an issue in the first place…thats the point. The Libs want to completely destroy the Labor party..They want to do this by destabling the ALP..Not enough for them to challenge on policy for the good of the country and its people, no they have to rip apart with lies, and schemes and innuendo.This is why they wont let the leadership stuff alone…It doesn’t matter what is said, how many times Labor deny it the Libs with the help of the media and a ticket to ride from Murdoch will relentlessly bang on about it all the way to the election because Abbott has been saying so since day one and 3 years later the PM is still the PM…I just would like a level playing field. I want to know what policy’s the coalition has. I want to know the Liberal parties ideas for Australia. I want to know what they are going to do for the environment and pensioners and education and health and Asylum seekers…The list goes on and yet nothing. That should be the biggest issue facing Australians. Not who is going to be the leader…Its pretty irrelevant in the scheme of things. You vote for the party not the personality and based on what the Libs are not offering I know who I am voting for!

      • Reply June 26, 2013

        David

        Kerry, I completely disagree with respect. I am not prepared to let my ALP go off a cliff! To say the media are responsible for this is wrong. The leadership is the top issue that the people want sorted. If the media weren’t constantly all over it, I would be disappointed. In fact, I think they help by keeping up with it until it is fricken sorted!

    • Reply June 26, 2013

      Simone

      David, it’s not news, it’s bread and circuses. It’s the same old diversionary tactic thrown out month after month.

      Can we just come to the realisation that Julia Gillard will be leading the party to the polls and be done with it?

      • Reply June 26, 2013

        David

        It seems no.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Phillip

    Good article, as they often are. The auther blocked me on twitter a few months ago for a very mild rebuke of one of a quite strong criticism of some retiring labour men. It’s a robust forum as you know. Somewhat miffed i made a number of attempts to find out why and to re-engage. None were responded to. Here I am Corinne, a puzzled member of your audience? #gillythedog

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Virginia

    Consider the culture of the Murdoch media and the newsroom boys since the dawn of time.

    That media is acting like this BECAUSE the Prime Minister is a woman. A woman in power was the Murdoch press’ invitation to bully.

    A woman can’t afford to react as you prefer, to media inanity, because that clip of her reaction, that soundbite, that quote would define that woman on News Ltd’s terms forever.

    I’m proud of Julia Gillard’s dignity in the face of extreme injustice. Thanks for your article.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      Bridget

      So true, Virginia. Not enough people appreciate exactly how treacherous the waters are that our PM has to navigate, that she can’t just retaliate however she wants because doing so will just be playing to the hostile media’s trap, even though she has every right to fight back and give as good as she gets. But she’d be crucified even more if she did.

      Meanwhile, Rupert Murdoch doesn’t like her because she’s the only one who doesn’t bow down and kowtow to him and does everything that he wants, in fact she actively tries to oppose his undemocratic ways. Unlike Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott, who are his willing puppets. Hence his maniacal resolve to bring her down because imagine if she had a majority government? Not only will we have the NBN that will annihilate his Foxtel and TV interests, she will legislate so that a*seholes like him don’t get to own our media all by himself to spread his sick propaganda and brainwash us all ever again. Imagine that.

      • Reply June 25, 2013

        Lucy

        Thankyou Bridget for saying what I feel. Australia needs to change the media laws so no single person can have such a stranglehold on opinion of any kind. It will also benefit journalists who should be able to do what they should be able to do, and that is to report, not give their employers opinion.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    An Observer

    Corinne, you need to tell Labor caucus members stop infighting first. How can the media resist when there are so much sensational stuff being leaked or openly spat out by Labor MPs?

    I didn’t realize that you are good at politics as well.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Katariina

    Corinne – thank you. I’m an Australian living in the USA. Your article reminded me of the 2012 presidential elections – the comedians delivered the news, not the journalists. What you have written is spot on.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      DavidM

      Spot on. We need a Jon Stewart or Steven Colbert on commercial television here to get to the heart of the matters.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    also a voter

    Nice article, albeit the press gallery is pretty low hanging fruit… Polls suggest voters despise Julia Gillard but not the Labor Party as a whole. Hence the questions. Too many rubbish policies with rubbish outcomes. You want a chance to vote the PM in? So does the public. And the feeling towards JG is so bad that it looks like people will vote in Tony Abbott. Abbott! My god, that this is even a possibility speaks volumes about sentiment toward JG. For me this is the equivalent of “Please stop stabbing me repeatedly with a small knife, and just shoot me instead”. Again, hence the questions. Abbott being palatable is just mind boggling.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      Lucy

      Hang on a minute, didn’t we, the Australian public vote for Julia Gillard as leader of the Labor party? At the last election, Julia Gillard was leader of Labor and already PM. KRudd did not lead Labor at the last election, Julia Gillard did. Nobody seems to point that out when the haters are bleating on about how they didn’t get a say about Julia being PM, when it is obvious they did.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    JaneS

    Corinne, Thank you. So many people feel the same way.

    The media have just disappeared up their own ……hype.

    It’s like being in a Groundhog Day movie & there is no way out for Aust. public.

    Unless there is a circuit breaker – many actually have been brainwashed to blindly believing the spin, smoke & mirror as truth. So are taking us with them over the cliff.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Maureen Walton

    Thank You. Julia Gillard will go down in history not only as our first Woman Prime Minister, but as the best who was badly used and abused, not only by Men with problems with Women in Leadership but also with both sexes having their own agendas. And most of all with the Media no respect for our Prime Minister what so ever as they have won agendas incredible.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    GODLEGO

    Well said.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    EllieKay

    Two words: Murdoch Press

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Chris Roe

    Nailed it in one!
    But it’s a 2 way street.
    The sooner politicians get over being dazzled by their own face on television and stop feeding the beast, the sooner we can fix politics. 
    What other country parades it’s leaders before the cameras one after the other, day in, day out 24/7/365?
    Take a look at CNN, BBC, Al Jezeera and BSKYB.  it’s news punctuated by occasional relevant grabs from politicians who are hopefully using their time to govern the country. 
    Our leaders have somehow become addicted to the news conference and it’s not healthy!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Louisemcrawford

    THANK YOU FOR EXPRESSING HOW I FEEL! Eg today’s focus on a photo of the PM knitting in a mag. Dear God, give us all strength.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Ian Mazwell

    a pity the article is illustrated with a photo of Rudd and Gillard death-staring each other.

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  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Terry

    Sorry Corinne, but you’re conveniently ignoring one glaringly obvious fact. The labor party is in turmoil and the leadership is in question. This is not media speculation. It is fact. Their own internal polling shows this. Just because it doesn’t suit your (or Gillard’s agenda) does not mean it isn’t happening. I would agree that Gillard has managed to divide and alienate just about everyone around her. Members of her own party, the electorate and the media. Christ, even the Age and the ABC won’t defend her any longer. But of course, it’s all a big conspiracy involving just about everyone except for a handful of enlightened bloggers that can’t get a gig anywhere else.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      rAnt

      It’s fact is it, Terry? The only fact is that Labor is doing very badly in the polls. The rest is rumour and speculation and nothing else. Gillard has so divided the Labor Party that they have unanimously supported her leadership three times.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      anne louise

      Terry, what do their own polls say? Do they release these figures to the public, or just you?

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Alvin

    Corinne, thank you for saying what anyone with half a brain in this country thinks. As a former editor I am ashamed of my old craft. It’s a shocking embarrassment.

    If you haven’t already got a blog, start one today. If you have, where is it? I’ll be following it if this is the quality and common sense of all your pieces.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      Wendy Harmer

      You can find Corinne at The Hoopla every week. This is where she writes.Glad you like it!

      • Reply June 25, 2013

        JaneS

        Also
        For commentary & analysis that cuts through this crap – Clarke & Dawe (who aren’t getting as much airplay on ABC as they should be. Maybe too much truth?)

        https://www.youtube.com/user/ClarkeAndDawe/videos
        ——–

        Wendy – Any chance The Hoopla can have permanent link to Clarke & Dawe? (They are suitably a-political equal opportunity satirists)

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Dino

    Bring back Paul Keating!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Bianca

    Agreed Corinne. Let’s talk policies. Take for example Gillard trying to push through legislation on 457 visa’s whilst simultaneously refusing to provide any information about McTernan’s appointment (under a 457 visa). Her government has repeatedly delayed and stalled releasing the info, ignoring FOI and the wishes of the public. You can’t say to the media “look at the wonderful 457 changes we have to protect Australian workers” but then refuse to release info that will likely demonstrate your own gov. has flouted the rules as well.

    This back lash against the MSM by the ALP and people such as yourself is only because you would like to cherry pick the information the media covers. Sorry Corinne but it doesn’t work that way.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      JoanneH

      Bianca, John McTernan was granted a 457 visa under the former Howard government, and he was here during the 2007 election campaign. The Coalition are obviously up to their usual tricks – trying to dig up some personal dirt.

      I expect Senator Brandis will be reporting him to Federal Police for investigations soon.

      I wonder if he has had a drink-driving violation?

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Lawrence Winder

    Yay…. good stuff….

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Shepard

    Thanks for this, exactly what I’m thinking! If only there was a way to show the press gallery that we WANT them to ask about policy, not gossip.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Lee

    David – The only leadership speculation I have been hearing is from the media itself and from the Liberal Party. We have been down this road so many times over the last 3 years it is just annoying. So why is it been given so much air time?

    I am SO tired of all this rubbish. Give me some policy discussion, give me some breakdown of the opposition’s policies, give me some factual reporting on ANYTHING! After all that’s a reporter’s job – if they want to do opinion pieces they shouldn’t call themselves “reporters”.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Judy Mc

    Well said Corinne, couldn’t agree more.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    madge

    Ahhhhh! Will someone please tell this dumbo what MSM stands for? It is driving me nuts!!
    Otherwise, great article Corinne. Why do the dickheads from the media think this is the political discussion we want to have??

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      the*sparrow

      MSM = Main Stream Media

      (at least I think so)

      • Reply June 25, 2013

        madge

        Thank you so much. Pretty obvious once you know!!!

      • Reply June 26, 2013

        Jim Hyde

        MSM + men who have sex with Men

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Heather

    Would someone please send this to the media to be printed. Someone needs to tell the editors and producers that we, the people are sick to death of the sh** they call “reporting”. When are they going to report the facts and not speculation?

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      Heather

      Hi Heather, There is a petition to the media that’s been started on Change.org. It’s worthy of your signatures.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Jane

    Agree agree agree – thank you for this terrific piece!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Bianca

    @ Lee: “We have been down this road so many times over the last three years it is just annoying” . . . Yes Lee, it is annoying and embarassing. But then who was it that deposed the elected Prime Minister three years ago. Who was that ? Who was it that clearly stated the justification for this was poor polling at the time, and some failed policy direction (asylum seekers, mining tax). Who was that ? And then who, over the past three years has done bugger all to improve the polls, stop the boats, and raise any revenue through mining ? Who was that ? And who was it that announced the election way off into September (thinking it was a prudent strategy). Who was that ?

    Julia Gillard made her bed, and now it appears she’s not happy about lying it in.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      Callie g

      Julia Gillard did not depose the elected Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd was also the leader of the labor party and there had been dissatisfaction with his leadership & policy direction for quite a while, the labor caucus wanted him out as the labor party leader, Julia gillard was chosen as the new labor party leader, yes Krudd was P.M at the time, but people are sentimental idiots he was NOT a good Prime Minister, I am sick to death of people like you, look at the FACTS of Julia Gillard’s time as PM & look at what she has achieved in that time, WITH A MINORITY GOVT., Julia does not just exist in a vacuum, she has the support of the Green’s and the Independents which Tony Abbott does not have. The thing that most people seem to have against her is The lies and complete fabrications of the Murdoch led MSM and the fact that she is a strong, competent woman, no previous PM ever has been subject to,the barrage of vile personal bullying that Julia has had to endure on a daily basis, AND has been able to pass over 500 pieces of legislation that benefit Everyone not just Labor electorates.Please be the first person to READ Labor policies and tell me which ones you object to and why and not simply indulge in what amounts to nothing more than schoolyard gossip and rumour mongering.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      anne louise

      Bianca,
      Ms Gillard said she decided to challenge Kevin Rudd for the leadership because she felt the government was losing its way.

      “The education and health services that Australia relies on is at risk at the next election,” she said.

      “I love this country and I was not going to sit idly by and watch…”
      Adelaide Now 24 June 2013.

      Ms Gillard appointed a panel of senior advisors to consult and make a plan to best deal with the asylum seeker issues. Their recommendations were resoundingly knocked back by the opposition, using the excuse that Malaysia was not party to the UN agreements. (Ironically, the LNP themselves are likely to pull Australia out of these agreements if they gain power).

      The MRRT did not raise as much in taxes as was planned. This was not because the PM was deficient. Prices for and mined exports rely on economies and pricing elsewhere in the world which is not controllable by our government. You may have heard that there’s been a spot of bother going on in other parts of the world. Many countries’ economies are wrecks and this has caused sudden and unpredictable changes which affect us if we deal with them. Another aspect of the MRRT not returning the expected gains is the inclination of the very wealthy mining company managers to spend enormous amounts of resources in an effort to work their accounting so that profits are not seen as such, and are then not susceptible to that terrrible evil, tax.

    • Reply June 26, 2013

      Ian

      Who was that, Bianca asked, who removed Rudd from the Prime Ministership three years ago? Why Bianca, I believe it was the Labor Caucus that removed him!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Justine

    “Don’t you see the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?” George Orwell, 1984.
    Just change Newspeak for the Australian Press.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    sheila

    Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! Corinne. Australian media is becoming a laughing stock around the world.
    Concerned citizens out there please SIGN this petition.
    http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/rupert-murdoch-fairfax-abc-sbs-and-all-other-australian-media-outlets-stop-interfering-with-the-democratic-process

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Tom

    Great article! Do you write anywhere else? This is a great relief from the bullshit media you’re talking about. Thankyou!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Sly Place

    Nailed it again, Corinne.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Bianca

    @Sheila . . . can you provide the links that show the australian media is a laughing stock around the world. I would imagine if it’s world wide, you’d have multiple examples to link here ? Or is it (as I suspect) a handful of blogs and some articles from The Guardian ???

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      JaneS

      Bianca – Unfortunately you are right in one way.

      There is little MSM coverage of anything but the stuff Corinne is talking about – so how would you know.

      Where is the reporting of diverse views?
      Where is any critical analysis?
      Where is the balance?
      Where is the reporting & comparison of policies?
      Where is any analysis of what’s on offer for the Aust. people?
      Where is any reporting on any party or independent except Labor leadership speculation?

      Labor doesn’t decide what media report on.
      Media CHOOSES what they report on.

      • Reply June 25, 2013

        Bianca

        JaneS: The critical analysis and comparison of policies typically begins when the campaign but according to the PM, the campaign has even started yet. She called the election for September remember.

        As for balance, there is no doubt it has shifted, but who is to blame for that. Murdoch doesn’t control the ABC or the Age or the countless social media sites out there.

        It seems people were quite happy for Gillard to receive bias in the media when it was in her favour. Take her infamous misogyny speech. Hailed as a triumph, it saturated the media (even detractors acknowledged it had moved people) . . . and yet where was the media coverage that showed Tony Abbott has, a very long history of personally supporting women’s charities and even abused women’s shelters. Not a word about that for this so called misogynist.

        • Reply June 25, 2013

          helen b

          @Bianca. In fact, Bianca, Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech was NOT praised in the Australian press. It was hailed across the rest of the world, but not here in Oz, once again showing the lack of consciousness in the Australian press as they dance the dance for the media brokers, not for the people of Australia.

        • Reply June 25, 2013

          JaneS

          Bianca – Actually the critical analysis and comparison of policies & political activities should be ongoing. That is what NEWS media supposedly exists for & what people’s expectation of NEWS media is. NOT bad biased Entertainment circus that it has become.

          What is their reason for existence otherwise?

        • Reply June 25, 2013

          Sandy

          Yes Bianca, Abbott does that Pollies on Treddlies thing to raise money for various charities. He rides and other people contribute money. Did you know that he then claims expenses from the taxpayer for riding? It is hardly altruistic for a man who earns around $350,000 pa on his wages alone to claim expenses on a VOLUNTEER charity run now is it? What else ya got?

        • Reply June 25, 2013

          anne louise

          Right Bianca, Rupert M does not have direct control of abc. Mark Scott is their CEO. Appointed, along with others by John Howard. He has numerous links with Libs thru various organisations such as IPA and Opus Dei. Fairfax media is not controlled directly by Rupert M either, however Gina R has the largest shareholding. Both Rupert and Gina are keen to influence our gov’t for their own end. And they have found ways of infiltrating every part of the msm to enable that.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    lexicola

    Thank you Corrinne. We are all heartily sick of the idiocy of our media and we all need to speak out. My waiting date is the 1st of July when there can be no more questions about these ubfounded rumours of leadership challenge, maybe then we might get to hear about policy

  • […] “Why yes, my reporter friend, now that you’ve put it like that, I should stand down immediately. As Prime Minister, I sit around all day contemplating whether journalists think I should run the country and after The Age told me to resign last week, I thought ‘bugger it’. Who needs a democracy where people vote? We should let the media run the place as some sort of benevolent dictatorship where all we talk about is what other journalists talk about.” […]

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    AJ

    Personally I’d like to see politicians answer the questions they SHOULD have been asked, so when JG is asked about KR she says “Yes, my education reforms are a major step forward for Australia” etc … or words to that effect.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    sue

    I hope the PM campaigns via the internet & community forums by just leaving the press behind, they either catchup with policy debate or leave it to the informed. Corinne are you considering putting to the parties a list of policy questions, for us the readers. If a party chooses not to reply than that is there legitimate response.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      anne louise

      There is no doubt that she is doing that effectively now Sue, and so are many of the others in her gov’t.
      However, there are a large number of people who do not use the internet for their news and info, and they are the ones who are being manipulated and fooled by the msm. I usually wouldn’t mind, except that the msm are being so deceitful and dishonest about it.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    chris (larksong4)

    What amazes me is that if I ( a mere knitter as far as the mansplainers are concerned) can see that the main stream media have been duped and used time and time again by political grubs, why are they not self aware enough to see it themselves?

    As someone brilliantly put it on another thread in the Hoopla – when ‘she’s going’ is wrong about eleventy times in a row, you’d think they would get the message they are being played.

    There are so many policy questions out there going begging, for god’s sake ask some.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Matty Silver

    I just LOVE you Corinne!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    ladoco

    Corrinne, Thank you for writing this! Absolutely bloody spot-on…

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Carole

    Fantastic! Thank you Corinne. We have endured 130 weeks of media speculation about a change in leadership! Consistently, MSM lead articles quote nebulous people – a source close to a member of the Caucus; a senior ALP policy adviser, etc etc ad nauseum. Recently in a front page article a national political editor wrote an article damning of the PM, full of insult and innuendo – and quoted five different unverified ‘sources’. Much was also made of the PM’s ‘blue tie’ comment, without any recognition that this was merely a slightly disparaging metaphor for ultra-conservative men; and yet the tag of ‘the hand-bag mafia’ is used with gay abandon to denigrate the strong women in the ALP. The reason that the MSM has deliberately stayed away from discussion of policies probably relates more to the comparative dearth of real policies in the LNP’s little blue book, which is merely just a collection of opportunistic motherhood statements. I cannot identify anyone on the LNP front bench, with the exception of Turnbull, who has the capacity to coherently discuss policy in anything but slogans. The potential for a landslide win for Abbott and co. is very scary – but particularly for women. Despite his posturing, family pics & assurances, I don’t think many people are convinced that Abbott has mellowed in his attitude to women, and the next 3 years could be very long indeed.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Janet G

    Time the media was exposed for its interference in our democracy. As comments by signers of following petition indicate, people are getting fed up.

    http://tinyurl.com/MediaPetition

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Bianca

    “”The potential for a landslide win for Abbott and co. is very scary – but particularly for women.”

    And this is typical ALP BS Carole. What exactly is your justification for this. Just like the young girl on Q&A last night who made a very similar statement and when asked why she felt women would be worse under Abbott . . . she ummed and ahhhed and “oh you know . . . some of the stuff he’s said”. Good lord . . . she’s been fed an opinion and she has no idea why she supports it. You worry about an LNP government. I worry about the youth of today, being misled by BS like this !!

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      Sandy

      Twaddle Bianca. That young woman on Q&A articulated perfectly why she believed women would be worst off under Tony Abbott. She did a fantastic job, put on the spot as she was by the host with a tv camera in her face.

      • Reply June 25, 2013

        Lucy

        That young woman was then harangued and bullied by brandis because he didn’t like it when she gave those reasons. It was a nasty moment in the history of Q&A, made all the worse by the way Tony Jones sat there and allowed it to happen. To be honest, last nights Q&A was probably the worst I have ever witnessed.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Old word Nerd

    God that’s a good piece of writing! Thank you, Corinne.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Melissa

    You have absolutely nailed it Corinne and hilariously so! Thank you for being a voice of sanity amongst all the crazies at the moment. I agree when you hear some of the questions being asked by the press gallery you seriously wonder if they are on work experience or something.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    beth@bowmanriver

    Dumbing down indeed! Well said Corinne and its great to see so many others in agreeance. The political press is an embarrassment. What are they being taught in University these days?? I only need to watch that silly quiz show now and then to witness just how “dumb” a lot of people are (channel 9)…even the simplest questions about Australian history, entertainment or sport befuddles most of them. And so the circus continues….I have not heard one positive thing come out of Abbotts mouth. Did you see the photo of the last parliament sitting this month? Check out where Abbott has placed himself – says it all!! (I think it is on the “getup”site – have a squiz!). Julia has always been a pawn in the “blue ties” agenda – on both sides of the political bench and I applaud her strength, patience and diligence in coping with all this bullshit and discrimination over the past couple of years! God help the brave women going head to head with the boys when (if?) the coalition get in…..:( Inequality, harassment and discrimination is rife, especially in female gender based employment – gird your loins girls – it ain’t gonna get any better!

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      helen b

      beth Couldn’t agree more about the quiz show. As an ex-teacher, feel pretty horrified about the lack of basic general knowledge of so many people on the Ch 9 show.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Lindy

    I heard the media this morning ask the question, should the PM have spent 5 hours on an article in the Womens Weekly and shouldn’t she be spending her time on more important things. there are also the rude comments about her knitting ,gosh how dare she have a hobby, one that I share. I unfortunately watched QandA last night, what a disgrace the hatred spewing from Richardson’s mouth including that the speech to the women for Julia was the m ost disgraceful speech that he had heard. We also had J Sloane stating that PM Howard was subject to such horrors as being called a “war criminal” so The PM was being precious ABOUT THE FILTH AND HATRED THAT SHE HAS TO PUT UP WITH, these people would be happy if public stoning was bought back when you listen to their hatred of out PM. I am speechless once again, I don’t know how she faces it day in day out and may I also say that Barry Cassidy started this leadership ball rolling again and the media have grabbed it with glee.!

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      helen b

      @Lindy. So relieved I managed to stay from Q & A. When I Iooked at the line-up, my first impression was ‘another night with a male dominated panel’! Then to see Graham Richardson AND George Brandis like a couple of old bullfrogs who are not going to get off their ‘logs’ for anyone!

      I tend to see people as animals. JG has to be red setter. Although in Chinese astrology, she’s an ox, which makes sense. She just keeps going.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    helen b

    Corinne saves the day!
    Only last night, feeling somewhat disheartened about the battle for democracy, I said to the universe over the glass or two of wine ‘Where are you Corinne??? We need you!’ knowing full well you’re on a mission of your own called ‘study’.

    And here you are! Thank you, thank you and thank you!!!
    I cried and I laughed all through your article. You are a magical voice and I sure hope Julia’s media team read this and all the comments here at the Hoopla, the outpost, the haven for refugees from MSM.

    I’d like Julia to give a speech to the journos ‘a la the misogyny speech’. But I like the ‘stooges’ image! Yep, that”ll do me until she takes control of the dialogue and shows them all up for what they are…pathetic!

    I swear to you, if there’s not a turn around in this country re the truth telling and the mass media, I’ll be taking to the streets of revolution along with the rest of the world who are speaking up for justice and freedom.

    If the elderly citizens in Nicaragua can demonstrate for justice, I’m more than happy to buy a walking stick or a little motorised cart (whatever they’re called), a purple velvet hat and scarf and head to Canberra down the Hume Highway with a rainbow flag at the back for UNITY!!!

    And the protest will be directed at MSM!

    ‘Do you hear the people sing…’

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Aaron

    That’s all very well, except the home page of this very website features the stirring question, “What do you think of Julia Gillard’s knitting photos?” So pot doth call the kettle black a little, me thinks.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Heather

    Just brilliant Corinne. And thank for the laugh. I really needed it this week after the extraordinary load of bullshit going on out there (including the knitting).

    PS I think your suggestions on how to answer these inane questions, is the answer. The more outrageous the better, in my view. I am longing for the pollies to stick it to them. Where IS Keating when you need him? He needs to be running classes.

    Actually, there is currently a delightful Youtube going round of an interview on American TV featuring Russell Brand. The three anchors were totally obnoxious and you could see his intelligent brain summing them up. Then he basically took over the interview and showed them how it should be done. Asked and answered his own questions. They were so confounded, they didn’t know what to do or how to stop him.
    We want some of this type of action from our pollies. After all, you have nothing to lose.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Robyn

    Love your work Corinne, as always a knowledgeable and very humorous telling of just how it is. I get the feeling the MSM are starting to smart a little at all the flack they are so deservedly getting. I think Barry Cassidy’s departure from sanity started it and then The Age’s articles really ramped it up. They love dishing it out, time to dish it back. Let’s get stuck into them to do their jobs properly! Make formal complaints. It probably won’t get you anywhere with the Murdoch press but with Fairfax and the ABC we’ve got a chance. Thanks again Corinne, will be sharing.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Brendan

    I’m looking forward to the new ministries and dress standards in the House should “In ya guts Ya Know he’s Nuts” be elected.(All required to wear Twiggy Forrest fluoro vests, blue ties and no Knits)
    Treasurer will be Blue Tie Bloke in charge of NO GREAT BIG NEW TAX!
    Immigration will be Minister for “Turn Em Back”
    Natural Resources-Minister for “I’ve dropped em and bent over so go ya hardest Twiggy/Gina”
    Education- Minister for “Private Schooling”
    Climate Change – Minister for “What Climate Change 98% of Climate
    Scientists CAN be Wrong”
    Dissability Services Minister for” Bad luck NDIS got thru but I’m sure I
    can chip away at it”
    Environment…just scrap it altogether include under mining or forestry
    or Minister for “Super Trawling”
    Health – Minister for “bolstering Private Health Insurance.”
    Small Business..minister for GET RID OF PENALTY RATES AS MOST POOR PEOPLE PREFER WORKING ON WEEKENDS and Gerry Harvey is really only in charge of a number of small businesses in a way”
    I could go on…

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      chris (larksong4)

      Brilliant Brendan!

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      helen b

      Loved it Brendan! Brilliant!
      More humour will get us through for sure, regardless of what happens.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Kel

    Could not agree with you more Corinne. I have been saying this for years and it is now becoming so ridiculous that even my 9 year old daughter has noted that some of the questions asked are crap.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    doug Steley

    I would just love to have a free press in Australia

    A press where journalists and reporters were free to investigate and write whatever they wished and editors judged articles on their merits not on the whims of powerful and all controlling employers.

    It must be embarrassing for so many journalists to go into the industry with high ideals and aspirations only to end up hacks churning out propaganda pieces for the super rich

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    JoanneH

    Thank you so much Corinne,

    We need more, more, more….. to keep our spirits up.

    I just wish all those Canberra so-called journalists could be forced to read what you have said, together with our comments – after getting their heads clunked together by Julia!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Trish

    Nice one Corinne!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Timothy White

    It’s begun? Were you asleep through the Hawke, Keating and Howard years? The media is so dumb it believes the lies it tells. Sadly, the gene pool is small – the ABC is as stupid as any of the others. Any wonder when ‘policies’ are no more than voter bait? I agree about the sexism – a sign of rampant stupidity among both genders. I hear that Abbott’s stock as preferred leader is now rising among women too.
    When did ‘equality’ become the freedom to be as dumb
    as men?

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      peter

      We will have equality when it is just as acceptable to say, “as dumb as women” and get away with it. Yes?

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Wart

    very satisfying… thanks Corinne …

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Anna

    Thank you, Corinne for letting me know that not everyone is asleep at the wheel, and I’m not the only one irate from the avalanche of claptrap that passes for journalism these days.

    We don’t have journalism in this country anymore – it’s The Media. Big difference. The old school journos are all but retired and we are left with a crop of youngsters who’ve never known a world without corporate media. News rooms are understaffed – actual news gathering is as dead as a dodo. Unless you count the circus act of the Canberra press gallery as investigation. And they wonder why circulation is down. The days of a reporter being given time to properly investigate a story are long over. The stuff of museums. It’s all gossip, opinion and campaigning by a media who thinks it actually has the right to create the news instead of report on it and provide context for their readership.

    I watched that media scrum with Gillard yesterday, every single question was about the leadership until someone finally got off it to ask about – yes, you guessed it, opinion polls.

    Their fetishistic obsession with Rudd reminds of the kids in the back seat of the car, whining – “Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?”

    Meanwhile a raft of important matters are left completely unreported or worse, half-reported in a manner skewed just enough to lead the public down the garden path of ignorance.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    sandra

    Well said Corrine. I no longer subscribe to any main stream media. I will not pay good money from my pocket for the Coalition’s propaganda. I do not buy their newspapers and when any ‘leadership’ speculation etc comes onto radio or television, I immediately switch to another station or channel. Are the journalists simply lazy or are they just desperately trying to shore up their own careers with right-wing proprietors?

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Eva O'Neill

    Well said, Corinne. I have had enough of the media particularly the Murdoch media, although Fairfax are not much better lately. I’m also very disappointed with ABC shows such as Q & A and The 7.30 Report which have also resorted to the banal leadership discussions. Bring back intelligent, factual and informative journalism.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Carole

    Thank you for your comment Bianca. I am perfectly happy to justify my point of view. Abbott’s career is littered with a lengthy trail of sexist remarks and actions, which clearly indicate his problem with strong women. There are numerous websites only too willing to list his many inept comments and statements disparaging of women. But has he mellowed? When a member of the student union, he – like all members – was asked by the female chair to address her as ‘the chairperson’. He chose to call her ‘the chairthing’. In recent times he has suggested this was rather immature & something, in hindsight, he would not do. So, that was long ago – hardly relevant? Fast forward to 2012. Apparently Anna Bourke requested all Members of the House to address her as ‘Speaker’. The members of the ALP and the cross benches do, but what of Abbott and co.? On the issue of abortion, Abbott has been quoted as suggesting that ‘women see abortion as the easy way out’. He has declared that he will not introduce change to women’s reproductive rights – but of course he won’t have to as he has a very willing anti-choice attacker in the Senate, who is already attempting to dismantle women’s rights. Senator Madigan, who could hold the balance of power in the Senate has as his objective to prevent all abortions, even when they result from rape. I believe also that Abbott suggested previously that the LNP would introduce PPL ‘over his dead body’. So many more examples that I am certain many of the correspondents on this site could relate. Now, back to the ironing!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Gina O'Driscoll

    And so say all of us. And this mornings shock headline about the PM having her picture taken while knitting. Required comment by Chris Pyne of course.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Jon

    I’m with you, Corinne. Tiresome.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    my say

    why have an election,on september the 14th,iaccording to the MSM and opposition he is allready there,
    we dont have to know about the disgusting lies ,hate, and smear campaigns,
    we don’t have to know about their policies we dont have to know how they are going to wreck our country,and what we are going to loose if they vote for the coalition,
    And someone has now published a book about australian prime ministers,and you guessed it ABBOTT was front page GOD HELP US ALL

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Doc

    So sick of the repetitive, imbecilic media cycle of fluff, which they call ‘news’. what a joke, but the joke is on us as we miss out on being informed.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Blue Tongue

    Thank you Corinne – I think I love you!
    🙂

    still laughing out loud – not just with amusement but also because I sooooo agree.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    lyn smith

    amen. and amen and again amen. i am so over it all.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Belinda

    Well done Corrine, couldn’t agree more!!!!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Jaimie

    I couldn’t agree more – well said Corinne !!! Let’s hope there are enough of us out there on Sep 14.
    As I think someone else said it’s the first article on Politics that I have read for ages that I kept on saying YES YES YES !!!!!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    CE

    What a BRILLIANT article, Corinne! Hearty thanks for your wit and wisdom. Sharing widely.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      Catherine

      What a relief to read this, thankyou – why has it taken us all so long to speak openly about what has been so evident?

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Pauline

    The media only get away with all this bad reporting because we keep watching and reading it. There needs to be respect for the position of Prime Minister. Time to turn off the TV when they start this rubbish.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Joe Paris Lee

    Right on! The media tail is wagging the election dog. Let’s hope the Australian public don’t fall for it.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Mikey

    Corinne for PM!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Sue Lappeman

    Actually the dumbing down began a long time ago. Remember Jana Wendt’s Andrew Olle Lecture in 1997? She was torn apart for saying it but she was right.
    http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/1997/11/15/285549.htm

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Margaret| Destination Here&Now

    I lost my cool about it last week too Corinne. I think we’ve all had enough of being played for idiots. http://destinationhereandnow.com/2013/06/off-topic-i-dont-give-a-fuck-if-tims-gay-and-stop-treating-us-like-morons/

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    trisha

    Here Here! i turn off the radio when the news comes on, dont watch television news, and read on line news feeds that are not Murdoch or Rinehart owned….
    I am sure the knitting is a great stress reliever, when my brother had leukemia they suggested he take it up (which he did) …..
    Anyway anything JG does or does not do makes a negative headline – perhaps the murdoch strategy is to drive us to vote LNP so that we can have something else on the front page.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Rob Banks

    I find interesting that when a journalist does ask a question on policy, yes those rare occasions, that they ask it badly, as if the question were already answered. Too often it appears journalists are looking for a quote to justify the story they have already written.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Peter

    Great post, Corrine, keep it up !

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    sally b

    Good Call. Great Call. If-Only-Pollies-Would-Take-Your-Advice Call !!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Michelle

    Love this article and also the picture. Julia has a look of total disgust on her face, and Kruddy – the ever petulant kid with his hand in the cookie jar, hiding behind the media with fake support for his own party.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      peter

      “Kruddy”? Uh oh. That wouldn’t be misandry would it?

      • Reply June 25, 2013

        Bridget

        Misandry is an extreme dislike of males. This is just an extreme dislike of one male, Kevin Rudd. Is that so hard to understand?? Someone needs to go back to school and get an education.

        • Reply June 25, 2013

          Peter

          Thank you Bridget. You make my point for me quite wonderfully. Firstly, “Gilliar” is considered misogyny. Tell me the difference between that and “Kruddy”. Secondly, “Misandry is an extreme dislike of males. This is just an extreme dislike of one male, Kevin Rudd.” So by that rationale, misogyny is an extreme dislike of females. This is just an extreme dislike of one female, Julia Gillard. Yes?

          • June 25, 2013

            Bridget

            Lol NO peter, the extreme dislike of the Prime Minister by disrespectful little toads like yourself is for no other reason than because she is a female. It can’t be because of her performance, because she has excelled as the leader of this country tremendously. Describing her female body parts by the wonderfully classy Liberals at their fundraiser highlights this hatred of her and her gender very well. Whereas the hatred of Kevin Rudd, one male yes, is not so much because he is a male at all, but because he is a dickhead.

            Do you get it yet or do I need to spell it out a bit more slowly for you? Ugh no wonder I’m getting the idea that this country and those who hate the Prime Minister for no reason are a bunch of brain-dead retards.

          • June 25, 2013

            Wendy Harmer

            Bridget and others… can we tone down the vitriol please? We’re trying to run a site where people feel welcome to express their views. A bit of “gallantry” as articulated by none other than Russell Crowe – from men and women – would not go astray. Please be respectful to all those who come to The Hoopla. We’d really appreciate it.

          • June 26, 2013

            Peter

            Thank you Wendy. I ignored the first time. But would have responded to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th etc, if it weren’t for your comment. I’ll leave it. Each to their own. It is actually possible to discuss issues while keeping respect.

          • June 26, 2013

            Bridget

            I apologise Wendy and to Peter and to anyone whom I’ve caused offensed with unnecessary insults. As anyone can see I’m very passionate about this issue, to me it’s about the loss of the very democracy in this country that’s what’s going on, and the fact that for far too long people who have differing views to the MSM have been censored and bullied and abused from my point of view. Corinne’s article was like a breath of fresh air to me and it unleashed all my pent-up emotions, I’m afraid. But you’re right, there’s no need for myself to be disrespectful in any way so I’ll be more careful in future. Because I do think you guys do good work here, Wendy, and I certainly don’t wish to ruin that. I won’t change my views but I’ll do my best to avoid using sarcasm and insults. It’s still a full moon too btw!! Full moons always make me a bit vitriolic. Sorry again 🙂

          • June 26, 2013

            Peter

            No worries Bridget, we’re good. A passionate topic for sure. I try to point out that men are being labelled as misogynists because they don’t like the PM. I think unfair. I love women and I’m sure you love men. I’m sure also you wouldn’t appreciate being labelled a misandrist because you might not like Rudd. She was supported initially and the drop in support is being interpreted as misogyny, and I think differently. I, like you, am concerned “about the loss of the very democracy in this country”, and I take offence to this PM calling for her gender to vote for her on gender. To me an absolute afront to our democracy, and the whole election system. We will agree to disagree. Let’s hope it all sorts, as I’m sure it will. Take care.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    John Glisson

    Congratulations on a great article. Most of the media are trying to invent stories rather than report the news. Journalism is now just passing on gossip and innuendo, a compete waste of time.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    MausP

    Wow, so many positive responses to a great article, I wish the article could appear on the front page of our papers and all the wonderful comments, Go Corrine & Julia

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Abaddon

    Bravo, Corrine! Bravo.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    maggie

    Another great read from you Corinne…We share the same views…Dumbing down was one of Howards great policies…If Abbott takes the election Australia will go down the same path again….As Joh Bjelke – Peterson used to say “now don’t you worry about that”

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Babs

    We need a leadership spill of the press gallery. If we could just vote them out first, before the election,that would be a warning to their replacements. Luckily the print media is vanishing as the old blokes who write for it pop their clogs, but sadly younger ABC journos speak of nothing else. Yesterday The Drum, 7:30 and then QANDA – all little but #leadershit. I’m so bored I could just die. And still we know so little of what’s heading towards us in the form of an LNP government (apparently). I predict the same rude awakening we received in Queensland the day after the election. It was like going home from a party with a llikely chap, then waking up when the beer goggles were off. Eeek.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    helen b

    I can’t believe we’re still getting people spouting MSM propaganda even after they’ve been directed to actual facts and figures. (as in callie g explaining to Bianca above).

    Yes, as ? said…it is like Groundhog Day.

    What about introducing an intelligence test to earn the right to vote. Can you read, listen, learn…widely, discriminate fact from opinion? This is not about IQ! It’s called commonsense.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Barry Tucker

    I know what you mean Corinne, but the dumbing down began back in the 1970s. We are now paying the price for ignoring what began back then.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Barry Tucker

    I tweeted yesterday that the battle against news media bias has been lost, and phase 2 has begun. I am not yet sure what phase 2 involves, but the MSM will pay a price for its lack of professionalism. See TruthinNewsMedia bit.ly/Z1XUC0

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Janet G

    You’d have to be dumb to vote for Tony Abbott.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      JaneS

      Not dumb -ignorant.

      And that’s just what some want.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Janet G

    Perhaps because MSM is dying, nobody is reading newspapers anymore or watching TV, the desperadoes out there are the grey-haired MSM commentators who are wondering how they are going to pay for their old age. Blogs are free.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Aunty Penny

    *stands and applauds*
    Articles like this give me hope!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Gordo

    Truly is “Idiocracy” at its finest .. Accepting that Politicians are general failures at everything apart from epic narcissism , ego overload and pathological lying , one then is faced with the conundrum that those who cannot make the pathetically low bar set to become a politician have no options but to embrace journalism as a last resort.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    David Somerfield

    Well written Corinne however you are way too polite.
    Seriously if I was an ALP pollie getting asked these stupid questions I would just look them in the eye and say “F&#K OFF”

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Carol Altmann

    A little bit of satire which sums up Julia’s fortunes:

    Q: Good evening Average Voter and welcome.
    A: Thankyou!

    Q: We have been discussing why Australia appears so unhappy with its Prime Minister and why they want her out.
    A: Well it doesn’t help that she has played the gender card. She keeps pointing out that, as a woman, she is treated differently. She needs to develop a thicker skin!

    Q: But hasn’t she been criticised for her appearance, her marital status, her voice, her breasts, the death of her father and whether she has fruit in her fruit bowl?
    A: Yes, but she once called Joe Hockey a fat man.

    Q: Hmmm. Okay, but is it fair to say that there are more women in senior ALP positions than in the Opposition?
    A: No! It is not fair because there is Julie Bishop!

    Q: And who else?
    A: Well, um, I’m not sure. I think there is a woman with a long surname.

    Q: Do you think more people would vote for Labor if Kevin Rudd was reinstated as Leader?
    A: Oh yes, the polls are telling us that. People like me have stopped listening to Julia Gillard – unless she says something I don’t like – then I hear her loud and clear.

    Q: Just to be clear, you plan to vote for Tony Abbott instead of Gillard, but you would vote for Rudd instead of Abbott.
    A: Yes, that’s right.

    Q: So you don’t think this election is about gender at all?
    A: Absolutely not. We don’t think like that in Australia. We vote for good policy! And I think the Opposition has better policies. Stop the boats! No carbon tax! Save our miners! Unless Kevin Rudd takes over, of course, then I will vote for him, because I like him. He is a good bloke.

    Q: Well good luck on September 14…
    A: Thankyou. And to you too.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Lydia

    “And then I want her to grab two reporters and clunk their heads together, Three Stooges style.”

    Hilarious, Corinne! You’ve made my day – so sick and tired of the moronic rubbish passing for ‘journalism’ nowadays…. I hate to say it, but the words ‘ignorant’ and ‘dumb’ don’t even touch the sides – and that’s just the ‘journalists’. If people keep accepting this junk as ‘news’ and ‘analysis’, then I shudder for our futures. It’s clearly SO hard for these poor feeble-minded dolts to actually engage with issues and analyse complex problems and arguments, they prefer to just dishing up the same crap day in and day out. I truly think they just have trouble understanding very much about the things they write and speak about. Pretty simple really 😉

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Ellen

    I always wonder at the ‘people are being brainwashed by MSN’, is argue that anyone who gets their information from 1 source is being seriously misinformed – no matter who they support.

    It’s easy to fall into the need to surround yourself with people who see the world the same way as you do. That includes the news/media/blogs.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Ellen

    I agree with you Tony, but I will also argue that the women who have cried raped and who have not been raped play a huge role in the reason why women are tried as they are.

    This is why every woman who has claimed rape and hasn’t been raped should be jailed for their crime. We have to stamp out that to also help move on from victim blaming.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      Sandy

      What rape? What are you rabbiting on about now, Ellen? Back to the MRM with you silly man.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Antony Pincombe

    Very good article. The trouble with the press gallery is they have either been there since before Gough Whitlam was a boy or have just arrived fresh out of University. The problem with uni media graduates in the last 20 years is none of them know how to get a good story and have little understanding of the issues. They are constantly glued to their many types of media, tweeting, texting, facebooking and bloody Grinding too busy to notice what exactly has passed them by. Paul Kelly is a member of the former, been around far too long and like Lawrie Oakes has had far too many dinners with the right side of politics. They are both a part of the Canberra Boys Club of Political Journalism, misogynist NOT THEY! Peter Harcher is another one who purports to only report the political news but the reality is more innuendo and gossip and Peter’s political opinions. Andrew Bolt is just a Right Wing DS you work it out Andrew.

    None of the press gallery, even the women, have the faintest idea how to correctly address a prime minister or a governor or a visiting dignitary let alone the respect they are due. This Canberra Press Gallery is full of Death Adders, Venomous Spiders, Crocodiles and Sharks and there isn’t one amongst them that can genuinely call themselves a true journalist who has NEVER broken the Journalistic Ethic. Please Michelle Graton come back PLEASE!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Kathy

    My shovel (or front end loader if I can get one into Parliament House and up to the Press Gallery) and I are ready and waiting to join you Corinne. Am so so so over all the rubbish reporting regarding political personalities. Where did these people ‘learn their craft’ – but then that assumes they are ‘real journalists’ which – by the quality of the questions and reporting, they certainly are not.

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  • Reply June 25, 2013

    ivan ransom

    Not to worry, Corinne. By this time next year I reckon every last one of those reporter/opinionators will be reminiscing about how they used to get paid for writing crap, while queuing at Centrelink.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Lily

    Great article Corinne!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Daniele Lamarche-Sarvia

    Dear Corinne thank you so much to talk to us as intelligent beings i am 100% behind you good work don’t give up take a nice break and come back stronger 😉
    Daniele

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Sarah

    well done we are all sick to death of stupidy of so called journalists ask decent questions and you may get intelligent answers stick with it Corine maybe everyone will come to their senses

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    rainer

    brilliant piece.

    today ‘the age’ has written an insightful piece about the Prime Minister’s knitting. the political commentary in this country, by the msm, could not be any more brain dead. all the concerned journalists should be seeking active, brain deprived parts, in ‘the walking dead’…which should be retitled the ‘writing dead’.

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  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Jim Hyde

    I blame the ABC which I genuinely love but not aws much as I lobve Corinne Grant for this article. All those journalists interviewing journalists on Q&A, the Insiders the Drum was the begionning of the end. journalists should interview experts like political scientists or real politicians who they should interrogate, or philosophers – imagine someone with a considered idea and not a journalistic opinion or direction from Rupert actually informing the public. I think a lazy media is denying us real democracy

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    irenad

    Best article I’ve read in … not sure how long, will have to get back to you 🙂

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Peter S

    Not a bad article Corinne, but I do feel like I’m living in some sort of parallel universe reading the comments. If you don’t think John Howard copped it during his time as Prime Minister you guys are dreaming. One big difference, the man’s a STATESMAN. Why doesn’t Julie Bishop feel equally aggrieved?

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Steve

    I agree with every word but I reckon this is a chicken and egg situation. Did politicians start talking bullshit to the media first or did the media start asking bullshit questions first?

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    ro.watson

    Um, firstly I think there has often been dumbing down to sell newspapers and “news”.
    Breakthroughs have been when peers have recognised their journalist colleagues for facts and analysis, and ultimately a good story.
    I do treasure journalists who take care in research and story construction to illuminate our lives to us, and the policies which can make a difference.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Anna

    What everyone else has said! You’ve nailed it Corinne!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    audrey

    Exactly my thoughts. I don’t watch any political reporting these days. I’d rather stick pins in my eyes. It actually makes me want to become a politician so I can respond to the questions in the manner you suggested. Bloody brilliant stuff.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    linda

    Thank you so much for putting my thoughts and feelings into words. I have come to despise the MSM over the course of this government. I have stopped buying them as well as reading them because the combination of hypocrisy, triviality, pandering to special interests and arrogance with it disgusts me. I honestly don’t think I ever will again: a loud noise from one direction and they all rush as one to one side of the ship like a scene in a Marx Brothers movie, a loud noise to the other side and they rush there as the vessel lists in the opposite direction. They then proceed to blame the government for the unsteadiness instability that they have fostered.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Viva Zapata

    The Age editorial was little short of an attempted Coup d’etat by the Media.

    First The Australian, now Fairfax pushes an agenda that shows how far we’ve moved from the idea of a press that gives us “just the facts ma’am”.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    annie

    Exactly

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Anne

    Oh yes Corinne! I sometimes feel like Australia is becoming a joke when it comes to our ability to look past a headline. I was also under the impression we voted for parties and their policies – not an individual as in the American presidential system.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    A

    Having worked in the Canberra press gallery for a number of years until recently, I think Corinne’s post in naive. All journalists would like to focus on policy but this government has failed to push through it’s message and several ministers and the PM have admitted as much. Corinne has swallowed the government’s talking points on this issue. It is not the media’s fault that the Labor party is divided and tearing itself apart. To not report on it would be a bigger shame. Ask any journo in the press gallery how they feel about. Sick to death of reporting on the leadership issues and the division. So maybe instead of suggesting the press gallery be bulldozed Corinne’s should try actually covering politics from the gallery for a while. It’s not as simple as she might think.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      the*sparrow

      Look it probably deserves a mention, but leadership issues seem to have swallowed all of the media’s political reporting – I don’t really understand why they feel they have to report on it so much, if as you say they are as sick of it as we are.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      Zack

      Corinne naive about politics. But she’s a stand-up comedian, MC, presenter, writer and broadcaster and has performed both nationally and internationally. In addition to her years on Rove Live and The Glasshouse, she has appeared on everything from Spicks and Specks to Dancing With The Stars to Good News Week.

      Did you not read the bio. Dancing with the Stars for goodness sake. Surely that wealth of ‘journalistic experience’ qualifies her to comment right ?

      • Reply June 25, 2013

        Bridget

        Corinne is a lot more politically aware and gutsy than any of the “journalists” who call themselves that these days! Corinne should be proud NOT to be a common “journalist” who do nothing but give the profession a bad name. Judging by the comments here, the majority agree! AND she’s a fantastic comedienne and entertainer as shown by all of the other accolades that you mentioned as well. Good one, Corrine you legend!

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      Lucy

      @A if the MSM are sick and tired of endlessly reporting this leadership rubbish (and the rest), why the hell do they keep doing it? 500+ new policies have been pushed through by this minority government, why haven’t the MSM got off their arses, actually done some REAL work and researched these policies and reported them in the papers. Why have the Canberra Press Gallery not tackled tony abbott and the coalition on their lack of real policy. Why are they not placing abbott under the magnifying glass they seem to place Julia Gillard under?

      You state you are a journalist, please tell us why?

    • Reply June 26, 2013

      Peter Warrington

      i’ll have a fucking crack. 20 years plus of policy experience. and i can write. oh sorry, i just disqualified myself…

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    gabby

    Thank you Corin, that’s a gem of a piece!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Kelly

    Here, here – VERY well said!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Rosie

    I think it is safe to say that we are not yet totally under control of the media. If the comments and the letters in response to this article and The Age’s terrible front cover the other day are anything to go by.
    We should go on a protest march, statewide, letting the media know “we can see what you are doing and we want you all to shut up and go away if you can’t say anything sensible”. Now I wonder how that would be reported in the papers and on the news?
    We do have the right to quality unbiased news. We don’t live in a dictatorship yet! My dad lives in Singapore and probably knows more about what’s really going on in Australian politics than we do, and that IS a (soft) dictatorship!
    If you want a good news service try AlJhezeera. Sorry not sure of the spelling.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Fred

    I wonder if any of these politicians (from either side of the fence) could even answer a question that didn’t have a yes or no answer.. Dumb is exactly how the politicians want us to be, that way we can corralled into pens and sent to the slaughter.. Hence me thinks the media and the pollies are in bed together… Just say’n..

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Shirley Jones

    Thankyou for being an articulate, intelligent and humorous female role model.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Sue

    Good on you, Corinne!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Morgan

    Yes! Yes! A thousand times yes!

    This is exactly the problem, and exactly the solution too!

    You’ve hit the nail on the head, Corinne. I hate what you’re describing but I love your description!

    (Also, ‘dickhead’ needs to be added to the Labor party’s press conference vocabulary, stat!)

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    RR

    A few years ago i was in the US and through a very well connected friend was lucky enough to be in the audience of a Barbara Streisand concert.

    During the concert Streisand started to talk politiics for quite a while untill some one in the audience yelled “SHUT UP AND SING”!

    Corrine, just because you don’t like what you hear in the media does’nt make it wrong!!!!!!

    Shut up and tell jokes Corrine! As a political commentor you make a great comedian!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Beth

    “Shut up and tell jokes Corrine! As a political commentor you make a great comedian!”

    No, no she really doesn’t

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Brett

    This was such a cathartic read! YES. The complete lack of substantial news media is driving me insane. And for some reason the very worst aspects of this fairy-fluff sensationalist news seems to swarm all around the PM. It’s grotesque and reading your imagined responses to such drivel was a pure delight to read. Thank you!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Meg

    Corrine you’re on the money. Your article makes more sense than anything I’ve read over the last 2.5yrs in any newspaper by any journo. Well said!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Luke

    Thank you for writing this.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Judith

    BRILLIANT! My feelings exactly Corinne! Over it!!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Deanna

    RR you are obviously work for the media that Corrine is is having a go at.
    Keep going Corrine, don’t take any flak, it is about time someone spoke the truth!!!!!
    I grew up believing that media was meant to balanced reporting of the truth. I have seen no evidence of truth in over 20 years…

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Beth

    “Corinne is a lot more politically aware and gutsy than any of the “journalists” who call themselves that these days! Corinne should be proud NOT to be a common “journalist” who do nothing but give the profession a bad name. Judging by the comments here, the majority agree! AND she’s a fantastic comedienne and entertainer as shown by all of the other accolades that you mentioned as well. Good one, Corrine you legend!”

    Come one Corinne, is that you. You can drop the Bridget bit. We all get it 🙂

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      Bridget

      I’m flattered that you’d think I’m Corinne, because I’ve not achieved half of what she has, but your mate Zack and fellow troll was the one who pointed out her achievements, and I quote,

      “But she’s a stand-up comedian, MC, presenter, writer and broadcaster and has performed both nationally and internationally. In addition to her years on Rove Live and The Glasshouse, she has appeared on everything from Spicks and Specks to Dancing With The Stars to Good News Week.”

      So maybe he’s Corinne too, no? You idiot.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Sue Becker

    Well written article. I thought I was going mad, thinking “what is going on with political reporting” Even my much loved ABC is re.hashing the same stories re ledership. Never a policy issue raised.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Heather

    Wow! Great responses all (at least most). Gives me hope we are not all entirely downtrodden.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Karen

    Oh Corinne, you made my day! Thanks for this brilliant piece. You’ve inspired me to sign up to vote again, if only to vote NO to this kind of nonsense. As Paul Keating once said “What a conga-line of suck-holes!” This could well be applied to the peanut gallery that is now our media.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Andrew

    Funny how Labor’s woes are all the media’s fault but Corinne’s bio doesn’t mention she joined the Labor party in 2010 and was paid to work for them. Whoops.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corinne_Grant

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Maddie

    Corrine, thanks for reading my mind. I wish these so called journalists would go back to Uni and recall what quality journalism is all about, reclaim some dignity and started acting like professional journalists. They should also have some self awareness that they could change the discussion from the endless leadership drivel and boring poll results to one that questions both leaders on their plans for Australia.

    I think Julia Gillard has tried to have this discussion, however Tony Abbott thinks he can just slide into gov’t without lifting a finger. Oh except to point it at those nasty ‘boat’ people.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    vanessay

    Spot on as usual, Corrine! Noticed small column in the Adelaide Advertiser today about how the Governor General could remove Julia Gillard as PM and appoint Kevin Rudd! FFS!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Lulu

    Corinne, you really need to send your words of wisdom to Julia: http://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm
    (and your resume).

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Emma

    This is the best article I have read since 2010. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Carolyn Kwok

    Thank you Corinne, for putting in writing so eloquently, that which I have been unable to define in my lacklustre response to current political ‘reporting’.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Monkey

    @ Lucy: To be fair, the Australian people voted for a hung parliament – the independents voted for Gillard/Labor. They did not win the last election and it’s disingenuous of anyone the suggest it.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      Lucy

      @monkey. Fair call, however KRudd was not at that time PM. People knew what they were voting for and who the leader was so they cannot bleat about not voting for Julia Gillard as Labor’s leader.

    • Reply June 25, 2013

      houghy

      @monkey: by the same token, that would also mean that Tony Abbott would not have won the election either, had he managed to negotiate successfully with the independants

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    John

    Great stuff Corinne. You read my mind. I reckon Anthony Albanese read yours. This morning on ‘Breakfast’ when Fran Kelly dutifully asked whether Julia Gillard would be PM at the end of the week, Albo answered with an emphatic “Yes”. He then added , “There you go, there’s a scoop for you Fran! What do you think I was going to say?” Classic line.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Nicholas

    @Lulu: Corinne doesn’t need to send her resume to the ALP. As Andrew stated above., she already appears to be a member. Looks like she was very proactive and partisan with the Labor TV program. Of course that seems to have been dropped off her bio here on Hoopla. I wonder why. Come on Corinne. If your going to throw stones at the media, have the courage of your convictions and let people know where your coming from.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Janet

    What nobody seems to know is the REASON for the lies, the deliberate misinformation and trouble making. The people in our societies who do of all the above perfectly fit the criteria for psychopathy. With 4% of the population being psychopaths (that’s a massive 1 in 25), and very few psychopaths actually behind bars, almost nobody realises they are out there, in positions of influence causing complete and utter havoc. They are drawn to power like bees to a honeypot, so they can be found clustered in positions of power and influence, which is where they should never be allowed to remain.

    Why concern yourself with policy when you can use a personal attack to deflect attention from yourself? Personal attacks are the favourite action of the psychopath for any perceived threat. What about when they are asked about policy? Attack the questioner, or the opposition and redirect focus.

    A psychopath lies about every single thing. Telling the truth is accidental. Without having the ability to feel empathy, remorse, guilt, compassion, generosity or love, why would they bother to tell the truth, because truth relies on the person caring about another. Cause trouble – why not? It’s great entertainment to cause pain and trauma to others. Psycopaths have an abnormal pleasure response, it brings them pleasure to cause others pain.

    The journalists are just following the directives of the psychopaths that control them and responding to the brainwashing they must be taught is journalism. Yet this is no excuse, because to become journalists, many of them must have had ideals, which they are now ignoring completely.

    Psychopaths all behave badly and pretend that it’s how everyone is, because they don’t have the ability to understand that it’s NOT how the 96% operate.

    They have a severe mental illness, yet they are allowed in positions of power and influence. They are charming and can con people into believing them. The 96% are carefully BRAINWASHED into believing the lies, because they are told them so often, they lose the ability to see the truth. Very few can see through the manipulation to keep asking questions.

    Everyone must stop accepting the pretence of journalism, the lies, the personal attacks and demand answers in every arena, not just the political one. We must stand up to the bullying demand answers. We must wake up. You can start here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychopathy#Psychopathy_Checklist

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Belinda

    1984 was supposed to be fiction, not a blueprint!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Peter

    Wasn’t 1984 supposed to be fiction? Who decided it was a blueprint?

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Monkey

    @ Lucy – sure they can. Fact is no one votes for the leader of our parties. Everyone making this election a showdown between Gillard and Abbott have missed the point.

    We have to pay attention to the party and vote for the party we can live with. The leaders, of both sides, could literally be gone tomorrow.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Paul Allen

    perhaps Labor has to again and again and again, until it is reported for all the breathtakingly toxic incompetence it is, THAT PARTCULARLY THICK/BUBONIC PLAGUED REPORTERS SHOULD BE LEGISLATED TO BE BARRED FROM OPENING THEIR PREPUBESCENT MOUTHS IF THEY CANNOT AT LEAST ASK A 1:1 RATIO OF BULLSHIT ‘QUESTIONS’ TO RELEVANT ONES THAT EVERY AUSTRALIAN HAS A RIGHT TO HEAR.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Marie

    I couldn’t agree more! I’m sick to death of this country and the brain dead media. I’m not a great fan of Gillard but since she came into office all we hear about is how incompetent she is. I can’t even watch the news anymore because it makes me feel sick. She is constantly attacked because of her gender. She doesn’t have children, she’s not married, and oh, is her partner gay, etc. etc. Every single day there is a personal attack on JG. Australia is so way behind, it’s not funny. When JG speaks up about sexism and misogyny, which has only happened twice, I think, the media gets into hysterics and carry on about ‘gender wars’. But, all the personal attacks on the prime minister, which has nothing to do with her policy or how she does her job, but just the fact that she is a woman, isn’t that actually what a ‘gender war’ is? Or the fact that a restaurant menu was produced referring to JG’s thighs and breasts, isn’t that ‘gender war’? If I were younger I would leave this stupid and sexist country and start again somewhere else, the boy’s club can go to hell. However, you’re wrong on one point, Corrine. The dumbing down of Australia has been going on for a long time. Education is not valued at all (apart from as a commodity for the rich) and the average Australian is so uninformed, anti-intellectual and backwards, it’s too much to cope with.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Stephen

    Great article Corinne. Press Gallery have become a cosy club of incompetence, working in an environment that rewards such valueless behaviour (News, Fairfax, etc).

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Houghy

    Thank god there are still rational people out their Corinne – I thought we were a dying breed until you wrote this! Thank you with all my heart for this little ray of sanity – it has provided a small measure of hope that we have not completely morphed into blind, zombie like Tea Party / Murdoch devotees

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Clare

    Yeah, true…

    but ask yourself this.. if the great Australian people really wanted a media that discussed policy debates rather than personalities then that’s the style of media that would attract readers/listeners.

    This is the problem with the media becoming strictly a business focussed exclusively on clicks/downloads etc. over any concern for the public good.

    Murdoch’s Fox News is a great demonstration of this.

    Combine this obsessive focus on making money with most people’s natural inclination to intellectual laziness and you end up with ‘news’ bulletins telling us the name of a porn star and a rap stars baby five minutes after asking the prime minister if her husband is gay…..Deeply important stuff.

    Objections to this state of affairs is labelled snobbery or undemocratic….

    Which it is. The shortcomings of democracy have been considered since Plato and these shortcomings need continued examination.

    What’s the difference between democracy and mob rule?
    Education.
    Respect for basic civility in political discourse.
    Respect for a well-put argument backed with evidence.
    An intolerance of spin and gimmicry.
    An intolerance of poorly put or poorly backed arguments.
    A media who represents these values.

    Which of these do you think we’re doing well in?
    None…
    I think we’re headed for mob rule.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    karen

    Hear, hear!

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Marg

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Fairfax has been such a disappointment. News Ltd stopped being credible a long time ago, but Fairfax has completly lost it during the Gillard years.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    miranda

    Privately-owned media are free to do what they want but with so much other independent news around now, the Murdoch and Fairfax media are becoming less important – especially to young people.

    However, agree with all comments about ABC’s public duty and lost opportunities to investigate policy. A bit hard for Leigh Sales to show balance with Abbott refusing to go on the show. But if she was doing a bit more probing about policy rather than her inane questions about leadership it would put more pressure on the Coalition to show they have some – or at least to develop it.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    rachel

    Thank you, Corinne. These are my thoughts and feelings exactly. I am so pleased I am not alone in feeling such despair for the reporting that is occurring in this country.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    kathy

    Well bugger me. Fancy that – the political parties having policies….. who’d have thought? Certainly not anyone given the state of media coverage of what our current government and pollies do. But who needs policies anyway – isn’t government just about popularity – having the most Facebook friends or twitter followers? I too wish some of our pollies were a bit less PC during question times and did tell the muck rakers (they are surely not reporters) where to go. You hit it one Corrine….. and may the best policies win.

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    Janforrester

    Hey Corinne … Love your crazy vitriol! Comedy rules, dark or slapstick. You can lead the lost tribe out of the wilderness with satire, re run. I think it’s that kind of moment and strategy: taking back democracy one lashing line or image or video at a time. And it’s carbon neutral, journalism-free and safe for kiddies. Go for it…

  • Reply June 25, 2013

    kb

    actually Corinne; the dumbing down started with Rudd in 2007 which slogans like “modern families” spoken, lapped up and reported 50+ times in some speeches and Rudd’s preference for FM morning shows, sunrise on 7, etc, etc. cue: Rudd grin.
    i was no great Howard supporter but he was the last serious leader this country had…..at least we knew where he stood, could communicate a message and was listened to (by press & public).

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Richard Frost (@rfrost)

    Corinne – if we had a bunch of reporters all as good as you are we actually would have found out about Policies and not about who is the new PM for labor ever five mins.

    Brilliant!!!!

    Vote (1) Corinne !

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    bibs

    Solid article. For me, I look at that lib front bench and wonder who the hell is voting these numpties in? Pyne, Bishop, Hockey, Morrison…seriously? Surely the libs have something better up their sleeves. I actually heard hockey get challenged the other day on their health policies… paraphrasing … “oh, trust me, its a good policy, I’ve been working on it for months. What we should be talking about is government debt”. No you were asked about your policy, that’s what we want to know about, not a talking point that changes the subject. The host just let him ramble on. Gutless 9-5ers on both sides of the fence. What a joke.

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Monkey

    @ Houghy of course Abbott/LNP wouldn’t have won either. But given the fact he is not in power that is glaringly obvious. People seem to forget that Gillard/ALP didn’t win.

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    slr

    it’s a shame you write for a website that has a dedicated astrology section

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Tony Bee

    Corrine you nailed it. As a former ABC employee I am disgusted at the self indulgence of the Canberra Press Gallery. Apart from a small handful of exceptions they act like nothing more than a bunch of self indulgent political junkies with access to TV transmitters, printing presses and employer funded blogs. I am sick to death of journo interviewing journo. They are out of touch with the real world and not worth the paper they’re printed on.

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Adza

    Corrine Grant, you are the worst excuse for a comedian ever.

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Toby Miller

    Well said, Corinne! I would love to see our pillows firmly put the reporters in their place. And I would love it if some real information about our country’s governance leaked its way into the media! At present I don’t watch the news or buy the paper, as I can’t in good conscience support the circus that is ‘the press’..

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Rod

    Thankyou Corinne.

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    linda

    We need Clarke and Dawes to lead an Australian version of Jon Stewart’s and Stephen Colbert’s “March on Washington: Rally to Restore Sanity”. Our problem is that all we have is the Australian version of Murdoch’s Fox News and no mainstream critique to show them up as what they are. From The Guardian last year:

    “But if there was one group the rally did take genuine aim at, it was the American media. That has long been the true aim of much – if not virtually all – of Colbert’s and Stewart’s comedy. They have relentlessly gone after the mainstream media, accusing it of laziness, elitism and pandering to power, and generally holding it responsible for a dumbing down of American life.”

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Simon Mossman

    Good piece on the sorry state of today’s media.
    In short, it’s simply all about news-stainment today.
    We saw it with the NOTW phone hacking, the endless, tiresome Howard-Costello wrangling and much more.
    And it isn’t just the ‘journos’ on the front row of the press gallery or elsewhere, it runs up the line to the commissioning editors on desk duty (with various individual exceptions of some genuine talented, intelligent journos, at both levels).

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    anne louise

    I too think that the abc should shoulder a lot of the blame. They are our national broadcaster, and are supposed to operate under a charter that says they are to provide unbiased and balanced journalism. They are definitely not doing that. The community expects a certain standard from the abc, but they have become another tabloid service, both tv and radio. Their presenters are opinionated and downright rude sometimes. Not just to politicians but also to their listeners.
    In the past, when I was homeless and islolated, abc local radio were a lifeline for me, providing news and information and a type of friendship. I relied on them for communication in times of fires and floods. Now I can’t turn the damn radio on for 5 minutes.

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Julia

    Dear Corinne,

    Wayne and I would just like to thankyou for yor tireless support of myself and the ALP.

    Your long standing Labor membership is much appreciated and we agree it is a wonderful idea to disguise political partisanship as ‘entertainment’. It seems to be working a treat judging by most of the comments here (they are quite easily led aren’t they).

    Anyway, must run . . . Bill and Paul have just arrived for a meeting and they both look quite concerned.

    Julia

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Ian Cannons

    Freakin awesome Corinne. You took the hammer and hit the nail on its proverbial forehead. Genius.

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Tanja harding

    I agree, and i am sick to death of the disrespect and sexism the media and the opposition are showing the countrys prime minister. It is apparently ok to make public statements about jia gillards bum size, her figure and lewd comments and sketchs about her love life. Imagine if tgey had made comments like that about paul keating or john howards wife, or publicly commented on the size of their cock. There would a serious uproar and inquiry. Its not on, whether or not you like julia gillard as PM is irrelevant, she still deserves respect as the democratically elected prime minister of Australia, and doing it under absolutely disgraceful sexist conditions.

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Brad

    Corinne, you’ve inspired more comments and debate about politics here than all Aussie media has in the past month.

    I want to see YOU run for Prime Minister Corinne. I don’t even care what party. I’d vote for you. You’d finally put the media in their place… and make politicians cry every day. There would finally be someone with balls in Canberra.

    I’m sick of all this pussy footing, backstabbing and inane questions from the gallery. I want someone to tell it how it is, how it could be. How it was, and of course, how it should be.

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Lee-Anne

    An excellent piece, Corinne, bravo! Keep up the sensible, measured, intelligent reporting…please 🙂

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Matt

    Interesting opinion piece by Corinne. Some true, some just absolute bollocks. Everyone always seems to bring up the Gillard speech on mysogyists and sexism without pointing out that she herself was guilt of the same at the time as well as a well planned out attacked which had been sitting there waiting all day for the perfect moment. It wouldn’t have mattered what Abbott had said it would have come out. My thinking is the Media is doing all this misdirection because they don’t want Gillard to be put on trial for the Bully she is showing she really is on Gonski. I have no issues with Gonski, or his review and suggestions as long as they are followed, but what Gillard and co have done is bastardise the report and call it Gonski reforms. Then there are all the people who say about Abbott not having any policies – this from people clearly too ignorant or lazy to actually look on the Liberal website and so look at the policies of the LNP Party. As it is the ALP policies are just as “non-existent” in that case as well. The recent attention of the Media is actually Gillards doing because she is the one who create this mess by 1. Knifing Rudd in the back when she said all along she had his back, 2. Her and co’s consistent personal attacks on Abbott, rather than creating policies. All the Opposition are doing is exactly what they are suppose to do and challenge Government policies which they don’t think are in the best interests of the Country. If it hadn’t been for Abbott, we wouldn’t even be having the current discussion on Gonski because Gillard was only going to do it after the Federal Election in September – so lets not forget that little piece of information and truth either.

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Lincoln

    The trial by media of the modernday is terrifying. I shudder to think if I’m caught in the wrong place at the wrong time what the media would do to me.

    The media is responsible for the reporting of policy, yet they selectively cherrypick policies that they think are significant, while ignoring those which will actually be relevant and affect people. Not once on the news this morning did I hear anything about the 457 Visa Law changes which will enable a greater amount of skilled people to migrate to Australia to work here. It’s a great thing, if the balance is struck right.

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Ralph van Doorn

    100% correct .. The media is a failed entity

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Kathie Morris

    Hilarious! & articulate!
    THANKS for the real news Corinne!
    I’l be reading here from now on for a FAIR-dinkum commentary!
    Kathie

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Rhoda

    Well, our PM is a woman doing what has always been a man’s job in this country and in most others. Bound to collect flak from conservatives who like their women to be domestic goddesses and from women who can’t imagine doing it themselves. But last time I looked her partner had not been emasculated – or not by her in any case. He seems to be at ease. They obviously eat and the housework gets done. There are no children to run home to and cuddle but that was her deliberate choice and she’s fine with it obviously. Has a partner who’s fine with it. She has made politics her career instead. Obviously half the electorate have a problem with it. Don’t know why.

    Mark, the Opposition aren’t all holding hands. What’s more their leader has adopted loony tunes Tea Party politics. Bizarre.

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  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Pru J

    Have I misread this or has this article got 27000 likes ? If so and If the knitting article in the women’s weekly could get front page coverage in all the paper yesterday ,I think an article like this and the 27000 likes should be being spoken about in the mainstream media too. BUT somehow I don’t think it will happen, though it very much should .Thank you , thank you, thank you Corine and the Hoopla for this sanity and this breath of fresh air. A thousand blessing upon your heads and much god karma too.

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Heather

    Love your article so full of good wholesome honesty.

    The Pandora box effect of Tony Abbott’s sexism has bought a lot of the gender mess to the fore, however I’ve been quasi depressed all my life about the dumbing down of women in Australia. It’s so noticable.

    I agree serve it back to them if it gets too brutal and you have tried to get around it every way possible. One cant afford to be too good in this country, or they will smash you to bits. I am so glad my daughter has gone to live overseas and been there for a long time now as an expatriot. First trip to have Xmas with her, she cornered me at breakfast, “Mum there is something seriously wrong with Aussie men!” in a stern voice. I gave a recognition response, not that I needed to as she quickly went on to say, “you cant even go have a coffee and chat with them or they think you are after them wanting sex, or want to get married…its weird!…the men over here are not like that at all…you can be friends with them ” I totally agreed ofcourse, and joked saying “even if you go have a coffee with a woman they think you are a lesbain, that is how inane and stupid it all is.”

    Aussie men are seriously gone and have been for a long long time, as far as I know. Men from elsewhere who come here, tend to deteriorate rapidly in to a strange barbarian level.

    Statistics about 5+ years ago showed that 52% of women in Australia were single, unmarried and living alone, and this was second to a South American country where the women were being murdered all the time. I know it is hard to face all this. But the men here are a pack of uncouth drongos and tend to have a pack mentality. I am not saying all but I am saying “most of them”. What you are seeing with the gender anger and maltreatment of our really brilliant PM JG, is a certain type Aussie men being shown up for the really sick humans they really are. The politically incorrect movement is behind this too, and that was what Tony Abbott was riding on ever since he became leader of the Coalition. The guy is just a rude little boy man who rides a bike. I would be thowing big spanners at his wheels too, just as Julia has done in parliament. The guy is an utter creep and a very poor example to the weaker men out there; those who are seduced to run after him willy nilly. There are good men around in this country, but very few. I cant seen any in the Opposition party nor in any LNP State Gov. There are a lot in the Lab. govt. standing equally beside women. This is a great evolutionary step in itself. The newpaper industry is dying off really quickly when their workers are so nasty. It’s a sure sign. All we have is humour for cut through. It’s hard to get through the shock of the truth that it’s so bad out there. Leunig gave it back. That’s what we have to do, dont we?

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Tim B

    The Dumbing down of Australia started years ago! The press have never been that sharp when it comes to political commentary, preferring to generally spout the party line RE their publishers own political bent. add to that that most aussies educated publically in australia these days have a hard time spelling political correspondant, and you have a bad enviornment for genuine, unbiased, COMPETENT reporting.. I lost faith in the aussie media years ago… Not holding my breath to reacquire it any time soon..

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Carol Randall

    Thankyou so much for the piece. The future is here and it ain’t pretty.

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    James

    Amazing article.

    I certainly wish that reporting would miraculously improve after the election, but as you said, we know it won’t. It may be worse now than ever, but it was still pretty awful “BG” (before Gillard) and it will remain so after.

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Coralie

    How do we stop it!?

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Ray of Bris

    Corinne, thank you for a great article, I appreciated it greatly. Here’s the thought line that was never taken further – yes, the majority of people await Sep 14 as if it were a magic bullet unto itself. But WHY is it so? Why has it come to that? Is it merely the voice of the press that defines it, or is there more to the underlying current of resentment? There is no smoke without a fire, as the saying goes…

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Steve

    Thanks for that Corinne. Can I vent ? I am sick to death of the media creating the news rather than just reporting it. The media have gone down the same path as women’s magazines, reporting on slurs and gossip rather than real issues. About a month ago someone made comment on a swans footballer over his ethnicity. The person apologised profusely, but the media pushed that story as front end national news for three days. The media really need to lift their game on what is newsworthy, they have a responsibility and they are letting us down.

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  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Pru J

    I acknowledge up front I am a Labor voter . This is primarily because they reflect my values. However above all of those values I most value democracy and for that reason accept the decision of my fellow Australians when it doesn’t reflect mine. Democracy however is based on a free, fearless and open discussion of ideas that is primarily facilitated by the free press .Sadly we do not have a free press in Australia anymore . Unlike other countries without a free press it is not the government that controls the press but rich powerful magnates with heir own agendas .It is primarily Murdochracy and the rest of the media just end up following .The result has been that the opposition /Mr Abbot has had a very vocal cheer squad and , to use a sporting analogy ,he has been playing to a home crowd (the media and their owners ) who have a vested interest in the government losing. To extend the metaphor ,if the last 3 years was a tennis match and the arena was filled with a crowd who all bet big dollars on abbot and every time Julia served they booed ,cheered when she made unforced error s(as she has done a couple of times) and cheered while Abbot spent 5 minutes pulling up his socks and bouncing the ball before every serve, we as a nation would be appalled and consider it terribly unfair . Should the coalition in September it will not be because they fairly and democratically won a contest of ideas and policies but because of continuous distraction tactics, bad sportsmanship and a hostile home (conservative owned media )crowd. I don’t lament that the party who upholds my values may lose but I do lament the loss of fairness (democracy) and allowing someone to win not by their skill in the sport ( the contest of ideas and policies ) but their ability to psyche out the other party through distractions, dirty tactics and their affiliation with a powerful crowd. We would never allow hooligans to influence the outcome of a match but we have allowed the media to dictate our agenda as a country and to, through their influence, appeal to the ugly side of some Australians and to as Rob Oakshot shot says allow fringe dwellers/flat earth committee types take over the centre of the city square . The mainstream media in the majority has portrayed this government as illigimate (echoing every word Mr Abbot has said 0 whilst at the same time lifted to unprecedented legitimacy the ravings of climate deniers/kitchen table economists, bitter old men and racists

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Anna

    THANK YOU Corrine – I completely agree with you – Its past time politicians stopped being so polite – call for relevant questions and walk out of press conferences if there aren’t any. I have been in despair at the endless feedback loop of front page headlines reporting opinion polls as news. FFS. The long lead up to the election should be a chance for stories about the candidates, debate and informed opinions on key issues but there is nothing but endless non news and leadership challenge speculation. EVERYONE WHO AGREES WITH YOUR ARTICLE SHOULD SEND THE LINK TO THEIR LOCAL MEDIA OFFICE and TELL THEM WE DESERVE BETTER than the rot they are printing. Also share links to real reporting sites like this and boycott the facile mainstream media. Shame about the ABC too. Something very wrong there.

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Eermalmahay

    JUST begun?!! Jesus wept, where have you been for the last two decades? I saw you on Q&A & the best you could come up with was juvenile sniggering & eye rolling, pandering to politically correct drones in the crowd who guffaw & applaud on cue without the slightest clue as to what was being said. Boring, predictable.

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Mark

    It is always interesting to read articles and comments from people who believe the media aren’t acting in a way they believe they should. Facing the reality that the Rudd/Gillard government is by far the worst this nation has had to endure with the possible exception of Whitlam, Left wingers are on the attack with the media in their sights.

    “Lazy journos” Corrine rants on about, “they only want to ask questions about leadership!”

    Guess what Corrine … this is being fed by politicians in the ALP. Gasp! What?! The media are being fed this information and aren’t just making it up for themselves? That can’t be right can it Corrine?

    And now, just a few days later, we now have confirmation that we are, in fact, on the edge of a leadership spill. Hmm, suggests to me Corrine that the media were right all along. But hey, don’t let facts get in the way of your stories, I wouldn’t get such a laugh otherwise.

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  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Alice

    The dumbing down may have begun, but clearly not soon enough. The commentators above seem to have a very superficial idea of the role and processes of the media. Press gallery journalists are not, despite what the simpletons think, simply plucking leadership rumours outbid thin air. They obtain information not from uncertified sources, but rather, from unidentified sources. There is a clear and crucial difference. The bleating masses need to get over the idea that the mainstream media should tailor their output to please them. Don’t like talk of leadership challenges? Too bad. It is the only story in town and it will continue to get a run.

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Beth

    Thank god for you Corinne and thank god for Hoopla ( and it’s followers) , It reminds me that there are still 3 dimensional and astute Australians out there.
    I was afraid that the gaffle in my news feed and in the media was all there was to represent us.

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Karl

    Congratulations, you just perpetuated the dumbing down. Good work. The hallmark of great comedians is the deep research they put in, their work becomes satire that is also educational and highlights the questions we should be asking. Any idiot can write a column that gets a laugh – any idiot.

    How about next time you devote some column inches to productivity or infrastructure policy so we get some intelligence

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Jackie Hosking

    I love you

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Kylie

    Well said Corrine. Thanks for sharing! And the sad thing is that the large majority of people listen to what the media say/write. It is soooo frustrating!

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Emily

    However, the elephant in the room is that she originally knifed a sitting prime minister and went on to be ineffectual as a leader, regardless of gender she behaved like a politician and has blood on her hands. All media reports are from leaks within the Labor party and its very important that people know.

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Jason

    But don’t we know everything we need to know because ‘Brian told us so’ ?

    the dumbing down has not just begun, it has been happening for decades. It’s funny how we never seem to hear anything about Abbot and his loony right wing ideas, while being fed bullshit by Murdoch through his various propaganda media outlets, swallowed hook line and sinker by most Australians. Australians get what they deserve poloitically, but whichever way you cut it these days, whatever country, and whatever party it is right or left wing, it’s all the same, politicians are corrupt the world over, with Obama at the top of the pile. Liars, thieves and murderers every last one of them.

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    John Kelly

    There are many ways we can describe this appalling state of journalism. I call it ‘Murdochism’.

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Ian Gregory

    Well said .the state of politics and political reporting.makes me want to leave thic country of my birth .But where could I go ? the Philippines ? Beautifull climate .beutifull people .good government . at least there if they dont like the polies they shoot them or have a revolution to settle the matter .

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    John Sullivan

    Well said Corinne. At this stage I’m just to furious to speak intellibally on the subject. I’m glad you’re holding it together enough to do it.

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    JaneS

    It is 8pm Wednesday 26 June 2013.
    MSM, Murdoch/Fairfax & the white-anting disloyalists have just won their first victory.

    Where is democracy?

    Speechless

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Dean M

    Wait a sec…

    Weren’t you a speech writer for Gillard recently???

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Carol G

    Ditto! Ditto! Ditto! I am leaving the country for 5,weeks! Unfortunately I don’t think anything will be different on my return!! I can’t believe that I could be more despondent than when Kerr outed Whitlam or when Keating lost Govt. but I am!!

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Sonia

    Corrine for PM!

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Judith Rubbish

    You are brilliant Corrine, THANK YOU!!!!

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  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Lee

    Bravo Corrine! I dread to think how MSM (particularly the Murdoch press) are gonna ‘report’ Wednesday evening’s events.

  • Reply June 26, 2013

    Charlie

    Sorry, don’t buy that. It’s a diversionary tactic and a furphy to blame the media or the opposition for Gillard’s predicament. This hasn’t happened overnight. Gillard, herself, deposed Rudd years ago in a very cynical power play – karma must hurt. She has maintained her minority government but has been incredibly ideological, arrogant and tone-deaf in her formulation of policies, and entirely divisive in her professional-victim gender-play. This has been an absolute internal melt-down within her own Labor party. The media speaks to these party members and only feeds off the vibes that it pervades.

  • Reply June 27, 2013

    Watching

    Well said Corrine! I have been conversing with my local political junkies, and my point for about 4 years is that the most ‘political analysts / journalists’ have become instead goose stepping gossip columnists (GSGC). It has been pitiful reading, there are a few remenants who have been keeping to policy lines, and they are my most treasured reading, you have joined these wonderful few. It’s a shame that Australia is now run by the GSGC, oh well who needed reform and policy direction anyway.
    I share your remorse.

    🙂
    Keep up the good work!

  • Reply June 27, 2013

    Mark

    So Corrine, you were wrong. Plain and simple.

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  • Reply June 27, 2013

    Fionayael

    If this were a B-grade horror film, we could shudder, then laugh. But the nightmare of Rubbott-Abbudd is real. The real story: how Australia has been spared the worst of the GFC. Too hard for the Press Gallery. Could it possibly have something to do with the Federal Government of the past three years?

  • Reply June 27, 2013

    India

    In the year 2000, Australia become one of many UN countries that adopted the Millennium Declaration, committing to the Millennium Development Goals.

    Number three on that list of eight is “Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women”. Preferably by 2005, but no later than 2015. Any politician who thinks “women’s issues” are not politics needs to brush up on their homework.

    Unsurprisingly and incredibly disappointingly, Australia is once again far behind the 8-ball of achieving global commitments.

  • Reply June 27, 2013

    Craig Steddy

    This cheered me up no end. Thanks.

  • Reply June 27, 2013

    Rick Scutts

    Corrine, I cant disagree with much of what you’re saying about the ineptitude of Australian journalism in general. However your article strikes me as incredibly naive considering how old your message is. If he were still alive you could ask Frank Sinatra all about it. It’s not only the absurd content of journalism in this country it’s the incredibly bad grammar and elocution that is appalling. We are living in a country where half the population are unable to properly pronounce the name of the country. So Corrine, tell us something we don’t know.

  • Reply June 27, 2013

    Brendan Dominguez

    Do you think you posted this about 12 hours too early?? Please avoid ‘intellectual comment’ you have obviously no idea about political history or the events that precede last Thursday apparently. Stop playing the gender card! Some of us don’t care if you sit down to pee or stand up. If you make it an issue its your issue and not one for other people who want to see a functioning parliament. Never forget, Julia is not one to forget to bring a knife to a knife fight. She has started enough knife fights herself, this time she didn’t have a big enough knife. Grow up Corrine !!!!!

  • Reply June 27, 2013

    Karem Hardie

    Corinne, brilliant article that just describes how bereft I feel at the moment. yes Gillard probably didn’t gain leadership the way she should have – she should have let Rudd dig himself into a hole & get voted out – I voted for him & became increasingly disillusioned as he did nothing (I give him a good Sorry speech but thats it). When Julia took over I was so excited & she did so much – the environment, education, disability, maternity leave, carbon tax – & got it all through – negotiating with a hung parliament & negative opposition. I cannot describe how depressed I feel at the moment. & the press – just disgusting. I feel like taking my ballot paper & to use a good Adam Hills skit say – Fu F the lot of you!! & rip it up.

  • Reply June 28, 2013

    Gail

    Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou Corinne…..You said what needs to be said. It’s a shame that those “journalists” you speak of only read what they write, so they’ll miss your wonderful piece. As a former journalist, I’m constantly staggered by the gang mentality, the moronic questioning, the inept analysis and the complete lack of any sub-editing by news outlets.
    Keep up the good work!!!!

  • Reply June 28, 2013

    Stag

    Let’s give Corinne a big round of applause for finally realising that political media (and politics in general) is full of dumbasses. I don’t know who’s dumber, Corinne or political reporters.

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  • Reply June 28, 2013

    Diane

    Hear hear! By golly by gosh you’re flipping so right and when is it going to stop?! Pack of prats the lot of them. Young spoiled and apathetic reactionaries that have no discipline and too lazy to do proper research to promt an intelligent question. DMC

  • Reply June 29, 2013

    Lizam

    Are you a secret member of my knitting group? Seriously, I meet with a group of intelligent women every week: teachers, artists, university researchers and nurses. You have said what we have been saying for months (years? Feels like it), but of course the media knows that knitters are stupid old bats who have no right to have an opinion on the conduct of politics let alone BE the prime minister. Another frequent topic of conversation is bullying in the workforce which all too many women experience personally from the (now) former prime minister down but that of course is a playing the gender card…

  • Reply June 29, 2013

    DF

    Absolutely brilliant!

  • Reply June 29, 2013

    Im voting liberal

    Dumbing down or ideological protection racket?

    The press knew what a psycho Rudd was and is but they protected him and lied to us.

    http://ipa.org.au/publications/2141/why-the-press-gallery-failed-us-and-why-they-will-again

    Not all of us fell for it. I didn’t vote Labor in 2007 and I won’t vote Labor now. But this time, I won’t forget that they’ll happily sell us to a lunatic to stay in power.

  • Reply June 30, 2013

    Ella

    Corrine, THANK YOU!
    I agree we are being dumbed down. What can we do about it, how can we create a movement that demands ;
    political reporting based on facts,
    political reporting that informs,
    political reporting that is about the issues and policies and NOT
    personalities and crap?
    A perfect recent example of what you talk about was an article by Paul Sheehan in the Sydney Morning Herald, where he states ;
    “Her condition had become diabolical.She had become the issue.She had become the liability….And she was seen rightly,as the worst kind of hypocrite”
    I immediately wrote a letter to the editor of our local paper the examiner asking Paul the above questions.
    I wonder if they will print it. To date they have not .
    I have held the view that when vested interests combine with the trashy media it is virtually impossible to make an informed decision and hence have a free, informed and fair election.
    To prove my theory ;
    let’s take a look at the issue of the Super Profits Tax.
    The day the government passed the bill , WA and Qld increased the royalties payable to those state by the mining companies.. I did have the figures but you can check. When mining companies put in their returns for the SPT they deduct any royalties paid to the states, hence minimizing the tax payable. Did we read any of this sort information in the media? I didn’t. Is it any wonder then , that, the opposition can claim it as a failed policy? The carbon tax can be viewed in the same manner.
    So, when vested interest combine with the mass media ,
    a PM of any persuasion can be mad to look as Ms. Gillard was.
    Another side issue on sexism ;
    I watched question time the day after Mr. Rudd become PM.
    I listened very carefully to Mr. Abbott’s response to Mr. Rudd
    two things struck me; the absolute venom he expressed in his speech towards unions, the other was whenever he referred to the new PM he used the title Mr. Rudd and whenever he referred to the past PM he used the title Julia Gillard. Why the difference ?
    Is it sexism? What does it tell you about Mr. Abbott?
    What do you think?

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  • Reply July 2, 2013

    Pru J

    Brendan Dominguez your comment is riddled with arrogance and is very patronising to Corrine. I read somewhere that the problem with this world is that those with the most intelligence have the most amount of doubt and those with the least have the least amount of doubt. I can only hazard a guess as to which one you belong .Those with intelligence also usually recognise the complexity of most things and are not looking for black and white answers but that is exactly what the current media is providing to the majority of the politically disengaged public who pick up a paragraph or a sound bite here or there and then confidently and with no doubt what’soever go forth and evnagilise . Rod Oakshot is right in that we have unleashed ugly Australia and given it the spot in the centre of the square .experts are now harassed and people who were once on the fringes with their uniformed views are now given legitimacy (see Bolt report,bolt column in Murdoch paper) . No attempt is ame to discuss the complexity of issueslike climate change or asylum seekers ..just slogans reinforced by the media . This was a productive and reformist government led by a woman that did make some mistakes but was however sadly let down by a media which highlighted and magnified every mistake big or small whilst at the same time minimising any negative about the opposition and echoing every slogan of Mr Abbots and allowing him a virtual free run . We hear much about the faceless men of the Labor party but I most fear the faceless powerful men (and women ) of the liberal party and what they will want in the long term for their participation in Tony’s cheer squad and in Julia’s Gillard’s execution squads By the way at least five other leaders have been deposed whilst in power (2 of them conservative ) ,all of them male and none of deposers them suffered the label of back/knife stabber .Also none of the deposed stayed around and form day one undermined the new leader .Also the parliament actually functioned fairly well with nearly 5000 pieces of legislation going through and 87 % and passed by all parties and independence /.But you just go ahead and quote the simplistic sound bites of the murdoch/reighnfax ..I know who I think brings more knowledge and objectivity to the debate and its not you.Go Corrine!. Thank you for an intelligent analysis though obviously it was too”intellectual for some.

  • Reply July 2, 2013

    Pru J

    oops 600 pieces of legislation (hate autocorrect)

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  • Reply August 5, 2013

    Jacqueline

    aaah – thank you I needed that!

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  • Reply November 7, 2013

    Shirley Green

    Corinne you are spot on about this. And it certainly applies now that Abbott is in.

    This is a great article that I think is a MUST READ too: http://www.independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/abbotts-secret-state,5870

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