The lack of a convincing reason on the source of Rudd’s popularity, is not because political commentators are thick, but because the answer is uncomfortable.
Politics is becoming more cyclical, but only because the nature of politics is changing from what it was in the 20th century.
Some journalists might at least make at least some effort to keep the hypocrisy under check.
It wasn’t a masterstroke, it was just the way the ALP works.
Far from wishing to undermine it, the Australian media is joined at the hip to the current political system and is getting caught up in its problems.
Whatever madmen do, no matter how horrific, has no political meaning. End of story.
Wikileaks’ very inability to differentiate illustrates, it’s not that such press freedom really means that much these days anyway.
At least Murdoch recognises a political fight when he sees it.
Tanner and Megalogenis may take pot shots across the media-political divide but ultimately it comes down to voters as the problem.
Megalogenis may lament the passing of reform, and the privileged role the media had in it, even if he cannot quite put his finger on what it was.