“Nonentities,” groaned one long-time political hand when this year’s unusually long casualty list – Chris Carter (going), Pansy Wong (gone), David Garrett (gone), Shane Jones (recovering) and Phil Heatley (recovered) – was mentioned during the press gallery’s annual party on Wednesday night.
It was a fair point. The scandals involving these minor players certainly fed the media’s increasing appetite for personality-based politics at the expense of more serious discussion about policy.
It meant the real story of 2010 – an under-performing economy and what on earth to do about it – was obscured by politics akin to soap-opera story-lines.”
Good points. If only Armstrong knew someone with a powerful role in setting the media’s agenda.
If only Armstrong could get the ear of at least one of the half dozen political editors who shape our political discourse. To be fair, Armstrong hardly writes about the soap opera stuff himself. Wish some of his junior colleagues would follow suit.