Toto Albanese steals the show post-election as News Corp front pages flip-flop | Amanda Meade

Joto Albanese was the undisputed star of the front pages of the newspapers on Monday morning after his master Anthony Albanese won the election. The headline editors were inspired by the little white dog – who now has his own unofficial Twitter account. “Albanese Unleashed”, said the Courier Mail; “I’m Top Dog, Toto,” said the announcer; “Ruff and Ready,” said the Daily Telegraph; and “Top Dog Flies High,” said the Herald Sun, referring to the prime minister’s trip to Tokyo. The Aussie also featured Toto, but was a little more restrained with a simple ‘Albanese does it’ headline. The two town mastheads of Nine, the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, which both backed Labor in editorials last week, picked out photographs from a coffee morning Albanese had with Sally Sitou, who won Reid for the ALP, and the community of Marrickville on Sunday morning.

Hello Australia! 🐾🇦🇺 Dad thought it would be a good idea to open a Twitter account for me so here I am! 💞 Phew! 🐾

— Toto Albanese, Australia’s 1st dog 🐾🇦🇺 (@TotoAlbanese) May 24, 2022

For News Corp, Monday’s post-election front pages had a markedly different tone than those that had dominated the election campaign and were largely hostile to the then opposition leader: ‘PM warns of ‘vandal’ Albanese’ (The Australian), “Albanese an ‘inner city leftist bomb thrower’ (Telegraph), “Is Anthony Albanese really up to it? (Courier Mail), and “It’s not so Albaneasy” (Telegraph), which of course echoed the Liberals’ ad campaign, “It won’t be easy under Albanese”.

At the end of the week, a News Corp photographer was positioned outside Albanese’s house in Marrickville, paparazzi style, capturing the PM out of the blue in his pajamas picking up the newspaper at his door at 6.39am Photos of the disheveled Labor leader were circulated across the stable, in the Australian, the Telegraph, the Herald Sun and the Courier Mail on Friday, signaling that the spotlight is on his every move.

Seven Star survives the bus, then misses the plane

There weren’t many reporters from the Canberra Press Gallery who committed to be on the campaign buses for the full six weeks, but Seven’s political editor Mark Riley chose the grueling regime and followed the two leaders as they crossed the country. Along the way, reporters and cameramen dropped like flies around him as they descended with Covid – as did Albanese himself. Riley stopped by to host the third leaders’ debate and then Saturday’s election night coverage. On Sunday morning he had to take a PCR test at the Commonwealth Government offices in Sydney in order to travel to Japan with Albanese and Penny Wong, which he did before returning to Canberra.

@Riley7News. #ausvotes #7NEWS

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Riley told Weekly Beast he had developed a cough throughout the day and was making crosses live on the national 6 p.m. newscasts from outside parliament he was told the PCR was positive and that he had to self-isolate for seven days. “I had a fever shock last night. Pretty crook today. Better to get it now, though, than last week, I guess. It would have been a disaster. The Japanese ambassador helped Seven out, rushing in a visa for her colleague Rob Scott to take her place.

Hildebrand admits to being wrong (sort of)

It was fun to watch rusty Coalition supporters, particularly at Sky News, react to the crushing loss, including Paul Murray on Sunday night telling viewers: ‘Welcome to the first meeting of the new resistance’ and Rowan Dean, Spectator editor and Outsiders co-host, having what can only be described as an on-air meltdown. “Now we are faced with a hard-line left-wing government that is going to destroy the fabric of this nation,” Dean said, accusing Scott Morrison of “betraying his conservative base.”

Ahead of the election, News Corp columnist and Sky News presenter Joe Hildebrand was convinced that the Teals, or as he called them, the “multi-million dollar vanity project of the self-proclaimed climate crusaders in the wealthiest suburbs of Melbourne and Sydney” would fail at the polls.

Catching up with that quiet Aussie at the Bundy Rum Distillery…can’t wait for Paul Murray Live tonight!!!

— Proud Australian Matt Canavan (@mattjcan) May 26, 2022

It “is entirely possible that for all the millions of dollars poured into this campaign by billionaire heir Simon Holmes a Court and other wealthy donors, the Teals will not in fact win a single seat,” Hildebrand wrote the last week.

After the election, to give him his due, he admitted that he had made a mistake. “I happen to be much more in touch with the mood of the mainstream Australian electorate than the political whims of the eastern suburbs and Bayside millionaires. Very happy to take that.

Affluent Readers

The Australian Financial Review, which backed the Coalition in its pre-election editorial, made a sort of admission this week, saying in an aside that it may have been out of touch with its own well-heeled readers.

“The Australian Financial Review, for what it’s worth, called it for the Labor Party but editorialized for the Coalition, although that view is obviously rejected by the voters who form that newspaper’s subscriber base”, candidly admitted Rear Window. We’re not sure the editor, Michael Stutchbury, approved of that line.

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The West Australian made a bold contribution to National Reconciliation Week by publishing the newspaper bear as Marawar Boodjara.

Special bilingual Noongar-English front page of The West Australian tomorrow for the start of National Reconciliation Week 2022 (translated by the brilliant Alison Nannup) #auspol

— Anthony De Ceglie (@AnthDeCeglie) May 26, 2022

“Marawar is Noongar for the west, and Boodjara is the word for country,” West said.

“We thank linguist Alison Nannup – who provides our daily Noongar word of the day on the Letters… page – for the translation.

“We are proud of our award-winning coverage of Indigenous issues, and the front page and special summary pages continue this commitment as we mark National Reconciliation Week. »

Slow and steady electoral odds

The ABC’s election coverage emerged triumphant, winning the competitive Saturday night race against the commercials by a huge margin and earning a significant boost in viewership on Sunday and Monday as audiences turned to Auntie for news and stories. post-election analyses.

Antony Green, who is a big part of the ABC’s election call, admitted it was a bit cautious to call the result overnight due to the complexity of the vote.

The ABC election analyst told the Age: ‘We probably should have said earlier in the night that the government couldn’t win.’

ABC News Breakfast with Michael Rowland and Lisa Millar was so popular on Monday morning that the show beat Seven’s Sunrise for only the second time in its history.

The ratings boost will come as a relief to ABC news and current affairs director Justin Stevens, who jumped straight into election coverage after being named six weeks ago. And he is very happy with the result.

“Over 5 million Australians watched our show/video on election day, a 43% share of primetime free-to-air TV viewing and well over 5 million people coming to ABC News on the website and the mobile app. The radio audience would also have been huge, we don’t have those numbers yet.

“So while the audience numbers show in part that people appreciate what we do, it’s a pretty clear demonstration that we provide services and content that Australians find valuable.

“I think that was probably one of the biggest total viewership numbers in ABC history this weekend. And we’re at the center of that and that’s great.

Condemned Abuse

But the ABC’s popularity has a downside. Stevens says the abuse of ABC presenters on Twitter, which has led several high-profile women to quit the platform, is deeply concerning and they are being offered additional support.

“It’s a shame,” Stevens told Weekly Beast. “The vitriol that people like Lisa Millar and Leigh Sales and other ABC presenters are subjected to is a disgrace. So you have to call him. The tenor and tone of the discourse on platforms like Twitter has unfortunately taken a very toxic direction.

Stefanovic deplores snobbery

Meanwhile, commercial television king Karl Stefanovic revealed he was upset at being ignored as host of election coverage for Nine, which was handled by newsreaders Peter Overton and Alicia Loxley.

“I was upset that I didn’t run the election… It’s kind of like doing all the preliminary games for two years and then missing the Super Bowl,” Stefanovic said. Perhaps Stefanovic would have attracted a larger audience than Nine’s 384,000 viewers. Seven’s program had 373,000. ABC’s news channel (459,000) had more viewers than commercial channels. And that was in addition to the 910,000 who tuned into the main ABC channel.

start the party

ABC President Ita Buttrose, who is recovering from back surgery, was the featured guest at a low-key press event for the ABC on Thursday ahead of her 90th birthday celebrations next month.

ABC television executives Stevens, Michael Carrington, Sally Riley and Jennifer Collins outlined their programming plans while comedian Tom Gleeson joked that the media were free to roam the ABC Ultimo headquarters and seeing all ABC staff “pretending not to be excited about the election outcome”. .

Following the unveiling of ABC’s lineup – including a history of Indigenous Looking Black programming and a second series of the acclaimed The Newsreader seriesButtrose cut a lavender and white birthday cake to share with on-screen talent including Magda Szubanski, Virgina Gay, Natalie Abbott and former Wiggle Emma Watkins.

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