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Stalking Julia

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Former press gallery journalist Kerry-Anne Walsh, media watcher Jonathan Holmes and ALP insider James Button take a critical look at the media coverage of Julia Gillard, former prime minister. Hosted by Jeff Sparrow.

Prime ministers inevitably attract media scrutiny and public criticism. But Julia Gillard had it particularly tough … with some of the fiercest opposition coming from within her own party, and the lowest public approval rating a leader has ever had.

Was it because of the way she took over as leader from Kevin Rudd, with the inevitable rhetoric about knives in backs? Was it because of her capitulation on the carbon tax? Or was it because she was our first female prime minister? And what role did the media play … were they fair?

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