It gets very interesting from here. In the same hour as Gordon Brown, upset, called Murdoch a liar for saying he gave permission to put on the Sun front page the medical details of his dying baby son, Rupert’s principal writer here Dennis Shanahan said Labor’s vote, and Gillard’s vote, and Gillard’s position, had not changed.
The Newspoll he was writing of, last night’s, showed Labor with a hundred and twenty thousand more votes, two party preferred, than a month ago, and Gillard half a million votes ahead of Abbott and not, as she was a month ago, half a million votes behind.
Online at midnight though he said Labor’s position ‘had not improved’. In the paper this morning he changed this to ‘Julia Gillard is holding on with her fingernails, furiously trying to change Labor’s vote’ and her approval ‘had not changed’ though it was up by a quarter of million votes from a fortnight ago, three quarters of a million from a month ago.
Lies upon lies upon lies, as Gordon Brown averred, near tears. From the man who brought you the Hitler Diaries, the true facts, the real true numerical facts, of how Australia is voting. No mention, of course (of course), was made of the effect of a holiday weekend on the Labor vote, or what the 6 percent ‘uncommitted’ might forebode. So although my figures in the article below were wrong the intended political effect, not of the figures printed, but of the interpretation, the Shanahan interpretation, is the same.
Gillard is ‘hanging on by her fingernails’, though half a million more people want her as Prime Minister than want Tony Abbott, Shanahan says. ‘Forlorn hope of a turnaround’, Shanahan says, though the margin of error puts Labor, possibly, on 49.
It is actually wrong to lie like this in newspaper stories. In England it is thought wrong for a newspaper to misinterpret things and so strive to change the nation’s politics and the nation’s future and Murdoch has been found by the Mother of Parliaments to be an ‘unfit person’ for doing this. Here, down here, down here in Australia, it happens every day.
Now, it seems, the wrong hooker put her hand up against Craig there is no search for another, and the whole brouhaha has fallen silent; if it’s helping Craig not hurting him, and not bringing down the government, or threatening to, this exciting, absorbing, sexy detective story — who was the mystery woman — is wound up; silenced; on hold; in turnaround. No more.
And these figures …
Well, they show, really, Labor on 48, because the Labor-leaning vote was on holidays and no mobiles were rung. And the poll is being used to bring Labor down. Though on any reading it shows Labor doing better and better, three quarters of a million votes better than on Anzac Day — another holiday weekend — but not, in Shanahan’s view, improving. Stuck. Enmired. Holding on by its fingernails.
‘Lies, damned lies, and statistics’ was Harry Truman’s formula.
And once again we see Murdoch’s big lies, and statistics.