It is no understatement to suggest that since ALP came to government in 2007 the ALP has not had an easy ride in the media. It is also no understatement that the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard (who was Prime Minister at the 2010 election and whose party legitimately formed government)has been subjected to a level of vitriolic and vicious abuse unwitnessed against any politician in Australian history.
The disrespect and open hostility from some sections of the media has been overwhelming at time – and that is just for the readers and viewers – who read and watch the hate spill forth on a daily basis.
On the weekend, however, came the sad news for the PM that her father had passed away. Did the media show the Prime Minister respect in her time of grief, respect her calls for privacy, show some compassion or respect?
No, why change what they seem to think works for them.
Both Fairfax and Skynews ran with the same headline Gillard misses APEC because father dead. Both Fairfax and Skynews used the phrase
failed to appear in their stories, as if the PM was a school girl who slept-in and missed school, not a Prime Minister who grieving for a father.
Fairfax could not even get simple things such as Mr Gillard’s age correct, having his age at 93.
(These stories may have been amended since the time the screen grabs were taken).
So how should the story been handled? With much more respect for a start. Something like this from the BBC
Julia Gillard: Australian PM’s tribute to Welsh father
See, Fairfax, Murdoch media, that isn’t so complicated?
Fairfax: Gillard misses APEC because father dead
Skynews: Gillard misses APEC because father dead
BBC: Julia Gillard: Australian PM’s tribute to Welsh father