The most important story on the News.com.au homepage at midday is that a former Playboy playmate walked past the striking Qantas workers. Seriously. This is their main story. You can’t make this shit up:
And if you clicked on the Kendra Wilkinson link and saw the photo of her at the airport, despite the nonsense that she “lifted their members”, I’d be surprised if anyone knew who she was. Unless the Telegraph journo (who wrote the story) told them, simply so he could link her arrival to the Qantas story. You know, I’ve always thought that the striking Qantas workers story could do with some boobies.
By the way, I loved that the Hamster guys last night laughed at news.com.au’s laziness with this story: Help us decode the carbon law:
IT HAS 18 pieces of legislation, making up 1129 pages and 255,539 words.
And it’s the most important change to Australia’s laws in decades.
At news.com.au we want you to help us sift through the fine print and tell us what you think.
So take the time to go through the bills – there are links to them all below – and let us know what you find.
It’s SO IMPORTANT that not a single journalist at news.com.au was told to read it. Getting your audience to read legislation for you because you couldn’t be bothered is hardly the data journalism that The Guardian used to investigate 458,832 pages of MPs’ expenses. And we all know that’s where they got the idea. Well, they got the idea but they missed the point.
But I should be even-handed in my pointing out of dumb journalism. The Herald Sun had one of their journalists get a “body language expert” to comment on a photo of Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd. (And other than talking to journalists, what do body language experts do? Is it like therapy, but instead of talking about your stuff you show a video of someone else doing something?): Cold comfort in kiss between Gillard and Rudd:
IT was almost like she was kissing a blow-up doll, a body language expert declared of yesterday’s kiss between Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd.
Dig at Gillard’s private life, check.
Allan Pease, who co-wrote the “Definitive Book Of Body Language”, said both politicians were trying to put on a positive show, but the gesture appeared too thought-out and lacked genuine warmth.
“The whole thing is awkward,” Mr Pease said.
You know what’s really awkward? Convincing people you’re a real news organisation when you run dumb stories like this.
Who gives a shit if Gillard and Rudd like each other or not? Do you like every person you work with?
According to the story, Rudd was holding a “bundle of paperwork” in one arm so he went for a handshake. What the story fails to mention, but you can see it in the video, is that everyone was hugging and kiss-on-the-cheeking:
Mr Rudd initiated contact with a handshake before Ms Gillard converted it into a full-blown embrace.
But instead of a heartfelt hug Mr Pease said the PM squeezed her former boss’s shoulders in a holding-like grip.
Ooh, “former boss”, nice little undermining dig there from Wes Hosking. And besides, aren’t all grips “holding-like”? If you’re gripping something, you’re holding it. And to me it just looks like a normal hand on the shoulder (but I am not a body language expert, of course):
If you don’t put your hand on the other person’s arm, then it just dangles awkwardly by your side.
Ms Gillard pushing her hips away from Mr Rudd was a further sign the pair lacked an intimate connection, as was her closed-mouth smile.
“Women do that gesture in situations where they feel really uncomfortable,” Mr Pease said.
I’d hate to work with Mr Pease who thinks that a kiss on the cheek between colleagues requires a crotch thrust and grind.
“If you’re with some bird and you’re trying to impress her and she’s got the expression Julia Gillard’s got, you kind of know you’re bombing out.”
Um, Mr Pease, you do know they’re not dating, right?