If ever the case needed to be made for why the Prime Minister is circumventing the mainstream media and reaching out directly to key groups in the community, you only had to look at the reaction to her hosting 20 women to late afternoon drinks at Kirribilli House last Monday.
This was one of just dozens of drinks functions Julia Gillard is hosting this holiday season, but it is the only one to have attracted media attention, and scornful or patronising attention at that.
”PM cosies up to mummy bloggers”, said one headline.
A News Ltd columnist referred to the gathering as ”a coven of female bloggers”.
”Isn’t the Prime Minister displaying signs of misogyny … by not inviting men to the blogger drinks?” a commercial radio host asked one of the women who’d been there.
The guests were indeed all women who produce digital publications but not all of them are bloggers or even mummies. Indeed the media coverage totally underscored the ignorance of so many mainstreamers as to what is actually going on on the internet...
.. ”There was very little of the hard-nosed scepticism you’d encounter if a group of professional journalists were asked to Kirribilli House,” Jonathan Holmes said on the ABC’s Media Watch in October of the July ”PM Tea” meeting.
Holmes clearly wasn’t at the prime minister’s press gallery drinks at The Lodge on November 29 where, I am reliably informed, hard-nosed Canberra journos who just two days earlier had been yelling borderline abusive questions at the PM about her past with Slater & Gordon, lined up to have their photos taken with her.
On mummy bloggers having drinks with the PM
December 16, 2012 by blue milk
Nice article from Anne Summers here. (My use of bold in the quote above). I am well and truly over all the snippiness in the media about Prime Minister Gillard holding networking events with women writers/bloggers.