You can just about set your watch by it. Every time there is a Newspoll out in the field, the Murdoch owned News Limited fish wrappers will run a story on a supposed leadership challenge by Kevin Rudd against the Prime Minister Julia Gillard. This weekend is no exception.
Newspoll is of course run by News Limited, and they are currently working the phones as I write this. Beyond doubt one of the questions they will be asking is about who voters would prefer as Prime Minister, Ms Gillard or Mr Rudd. You can bet your house on it.
To gee things up a bit on this (apparently) burning issue, one of the News Limited rags always publishes an article on an alleged leadership challenge in the wings waiting to happen.
This weekend’s piece is by Samantha Maiden* in the low-brow Daily Telegraph. The reason this time that a challenge is “on the cards” is because Rudd has been seen working out in the gym.
That’s right folks, not that he is a middle aged man wanting to keep fit or anything as obvious as that. It is to prime himself for a challenge. What else could it be?
This would of course be comical if News Limited didn’t present it in such seriousness. Not only do they take it seriously, they do it repeatedly. Every time Newspoll is out in the field, there will be a leadership challenge article in one of Murdoch’s rags.
Even more comical is the absence of any questions about who is the preferred leader on the Tory side of the fence. They never seem to ask if Malcolm Turnbull, or serial buffoon Joe Hockey are preferred over Tony (Run Away) Abbott. Strange that, huh?
Yet another example of the Murdoch Virus in action.
* You should know by now how to get around the paywall News Limited has erected around its publications.