The Same But Different . . .

Today’s Guest Author is Victoria Rollinson, with a splendid piece first published at The AIM Network. Thank you, Victoria! And hat tip to Puffy and Leone for their recommendations.

(Image Credit: Angus Mordant; Fairfax)

When Turnbull ‘knifed’ Abbott a week ago after publically shaming Abbott’s terrible government on national television while announcing his intent-to-knife, I wondered how the mainstream media would treat this story. I couldn’t help but worry this would be yet another example of a Liberal story being treated with a completely different narrative to the same Labor story. A sitting PM is replaced by a member of their own cabinet. A late night coup. A first term Prime Minister. Abbott lasted a shorter time than Rudd and had already been challenged 6 months earlier. By my reasoning, the white-anting, destabilising activities of Turnbull and his supporters over the last 6 months was far more bloody and underhanded than Gillard taking the opportunity to lead the Labor government when it was offered to her within hours of her colleagues’ decision that Rudd’s chaotic leadership was not going to improve, second chances or not. However you argue it, overall a fair observer would see great similarities in the two situations. But these similarities are clearly ignored by the media and it turns out my worry was well founded. Low and behold, the Turnbull/Abbott story is being treated completely differently to Gillard/Rudd. Of course everyone in the mainstream media is very busy mansplaining to little-old-us the voters why the two situations are apparently completely different. But I don’t need this situation explained for me, because I can see with my own eyes that Turnbull just did to Abbott the same, if not worse, thing Gillard did to Rudd.

If you haven’t already noticed for yourself the differing tone of the stories about new-PM-Gillard with new-PM-Turnbull, take a look at this apple-with-apples comparison.

Here is a transcript of Gillard’s ABC 730 interview with Kerry O’Brien the evening she became PM on 24 June 2010 and Turnbull’s ABC 730 PR campaign interview with Leigh Sales a week after he became PM.

If you can’t be bothered reading these transcripts, take it from me that Gillard was interrogated about her ‘knifing’ of Rudd for the entire interview, and framed as the ‘villain’ who couldn’t be trusted, a tone which continued throughout her time as PM. Gillard was also hectored about what she would do about the mining tax policy, not forgetting she had become PM that day. Turnbull, on the other hand, was treated like a ‘hero’ and provided with the invaluable opportunity to outline his vision for the country on an unchallenged soap box where he was allowed to sell his government’s refreshed credentials. He wasn’t even tested when he claimed Direct Action was working to reduce emissions when there was no evidence backing this claim. Two interviews in similar political circumstances, yet chalk and cheese in their treatment and tone.

A simple word count showed Gillard spoke for 65% of her interview with O’Brien. Turnbull spoke for 77% of his interview with Sales. Sales even apologised for asking a question Turnbull might ‘find offensive’ and then again said sorry for cutting him off. Soft doesn’t even come close to describing this cringe-worthy excuse for journalism. But it gets worse. Check out the word clouds of both interviews and see if you notice the same thing I did.

Here is Gillard’s interview, where the most used words were obviously Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. So the main topic of the interview were Gillard’s villainous replacement of Rudd.

Now here is Turnbull’s interview.

Can you see what is missing amongst all the positive words? Yep, that’s right. The word Abbott. You can do a Where’s Wally search for it if you like, but I’ll save you the trouble and tell you it appeared twice in the interview. Hardly there at all. Abbott’s already gone and the media aren’t dwelling on the part Turnbull played in his demise. Unlike Gillard, who had to put up with the media’s obsession with the Rudd leadership spill throughout her entire tenure as Prime Minister, even after she went straight to an election to prove her legitimacy in the role. Yet Abbott has been erased and shiny-Turnbull-with-a-sly-grin has got off scot-free. See what I mean about same story but very different treatment? How do you even begin to explain this other than to say Labor is always bashed by the media, and the Liberals always excused? Sadly this is the only explanation that makes sense.

322 thoughts on “The Same But Different . . .

  1. Travel website Stayz lists Kirribilli House. A clever prank.

    Stunning harbour side mansion fit for a King/PM
    House in Kirribilli, NSW

    A spacious and illustrious property that is steeped in history with beautiful, uninterrupted views Easterly towards Sydney.

    Will make a fabulous, luxurious getaway for couples, families, and large groups of friends.

    10 bedrooms
    10 bathrooms
    Jacuzzi (fits 12, comfortably fits 9)
    48 burner barbie
    Friendly, dedicated Secret Intelligence Service professional named Barry
    Wi-fi. Guaranteed quickest in the country.
    Panic room (code word: “Yodel”)
    Décor: Modern historical. Impressive Memorabilia Room including various artefacts and state gifts, notably a 12th Century vase gifted from the King of Luxemberg and a dashing ceremonial sword bestowed upon the property on behalf of the Ambassador of Venezuela.
    A big red button.

    The owner is a busy individual who resides elsewhere in Sydney. Furthermore he is not looking for monetary compensation for staying, therefore only a moderate cleaning fee applies

  2. Re. “Snoop School Reports” (as requested by Ducky): Snoop’s Age Of Innocence is over.

    He had his first lesson in the School Of Hard Knocks Today. He finally met a dog that didn’t like him. At all. Not One Little Bit.

    Snoop got attacked.

    The dog was female, fluffy, spaniel-type with something else mixed in, black hair with a good poker face. You’d have thought butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth.

    She and Snoop met walking in opposite directions on the footpath. He did his usual waggy tail act, went to sniff noses and she went for him. She was so quick she slipped of her lead and chased him around in circles around a tree, my legs and her owner’s legs.

    She nearly caught him a couple of times, but I had my steel-capped boots on and managed to heft her out of the way on both occasions.

    Snoop started crying and squealing. He was terrified. So were the humans. It was so…quick. You forget just how fast dogs can move, and how vicious they can be.

    I finally grabbed him just as the other owner got her own dog under control. The lady was in tears, big sobs. She’d had a fright, a bad one, and was so sorry for the trouble. Her dog had never slipped the lead before (it was one of those muzzle harnesses, they’ve always looked dodgy to me). She apologized profusely. In the end I had to put my arm around her to quench the tears, telling her “No harm done, mate”.

    From the rather casual oh-let’s-sniff-THIS-blade-of-grass puppy, Snoop turned into a decent impersonation of a homing pigeon. ANY home. All he wanted to do was keep going, in a straight line, except when he kept walking into other homes, hoping this was Home At Last.

    There really was no harm done, and all he got was a terrible fright… hopefully a lesson too: Not All Dogs Are Nice. It’s a pretty useful lesson, when you think of it. I hope it doesn’t put the permanent frighteners on him.

    When we got home Snoop had a nice bowl of milk*. He was back to his old self pretty quickly.

    *Milk wasn’t full strength, just half and half.

  3. I’ve often found that when a dog escapes from his garden on to the footpath and starts barking madly at you, the owner, usually weeding his front yard, whistles and calls his dog back but with limited success until he walks out himself, yells and grabs his dog.

  4. Let’s sell Kirribilli House – its so inextricably linked to one side of politics-Julia Gillard put up with the inconvenience of the out of date/ needing renovation the Lodge . If you take the job you should HAVE to live there no arguments- that’s it . It been modernized has A1 security and is geared for you to do so,. If 10 Downing Street is Ok for David Cameron and previous Uk prime ministers and The White House is good enough for Obama-and former presidents. What’s wrong that our politicians get away with this? Malcolm Turnbull should be living there right now

  5. Catalyst,
    The days of it taking a week to ride by coach between Sydney and Canberra are well and truly gone. Turn Kirribilli into a community resource.

  6. Gig, this dog was on a lead, one of those muzzle harnesses. She slipped it quite easily and went for Snoop just as Snoop was about to touch noses with her. So quick you could hardly blink.

  7. Kirribilli house is meant to be the Prime Minister’s second residence, to be used when he/she is in Sydney and needs a place for functions and for entertaining visiting dignitaries. It was never intended as the main residence. Howard broke that convention.

    Now it’s not good enough for Turnbull. The harbour views are better from his own home, and his home has a pool, which Kirribilli House does not have. That, as far as I can see, is the difference, plus Turnbull’s mansion, of course, is bigger. Surely he could slum it on the North Shore while he is PM. It won’t be for long.

    We now have to pay for massive security for Turnbull’s home, plus the usual security for KH. He should pay the extra cost, it’s his ego that has caused that expense.

    At least he will live at The Lodge when he is in Canberra. I suppose we are meant to be swooning in gratitude at that condescension.

  8. Lots of running for cover going on here.

    Anti-radicalisation kit never meant for use in schools, says key author

    One of the experts quoted in the government’s anti-radicalisation awareness kit has distanced himself from the report, arguing it was never meant to be used in schools and that people need to be “trained in how to use it and how not to abuse it”.

    Another specialist, Michele Grossman of Victoria University, whose research is acknowledged in the report, has questioned the use of an environmental activist, “Karen”, as an example of a violent extremist, saying it “fudges and blurs some of the lines” between activism and violence.

    The booklet has attracted the ire of green groups for highlighting the example of a forest activist involved in the “alternative music scene”.

    Emeritus Professor Gary Bouma, who is quoted extensively throughout the booklet, told Guardian Australia it was never intended to be distributed to schools

  9. If the “anti-radicalisation” booklet was not intended for release, then for what purpose was it intended? Apart from making Border Force look even more stupid and reduce Professor Bouma’s reputation?
    One can only presume that there was a desire to not provoke some mythical “islamic state favouring youth” into some annoying behaviour that might be better dealt with by existing legislation, rather than all the latest bollocksing about that has lead to the creation of an “aussie-stazi”?

    I acknowledge that there could be some concerns about people thinking that killing for a purpose could be a wonderful thing, but the last time I read about it, the only types who glory in the gore of it all are those who are either dealing with some mental illness, or politicians who never see or experience the results of their decisions.

    Or are they just numpties in those departments that come up with this stuff?

  10. A question for those with access to ‘off-leash dog parks’.

    As a general rule, knowing that there seem to be more of them in the eastern states, would you consider them a positive facility to have in a suburb?
    I’m checking because I never let my dogs off the leash when in public. My personal preference and we did have quite a big back yard that eventually developed a ‘race track’ from the frolicking. (And, I’ve been asked by a potential voter and know nothing about them)

    And BB, I would suggest that the halter style leash was not adjusted correctly, as they are designed not to be wriggled out of when snug against the dog’s face. I had no problems controlling my large alsationXstaffie (about 45KG and 60cm tall at the shoulder) using one. Mind you, you also have to know a little about being the boss-dog (though my family say I have no problems with that *wry, sly grin*) as the principle of this style is all about ‘natural urges’ as well as good handling processes.
    I’m sad that Snoop has learned this lesson. Hopefully the other dog owner will learn too.

  11. I use a Halti that clips to the normal collar as well so if the dog slips the Halti or Gentle Leader the lead is still attached to the collar. If there is no connection to the collar, i make one.

  12. Those floorboards there under Snoon’ need a tad attention, BB….a bit of putty and a coat or two of estapol would be good!

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