Animalistic blood letting

The ALP leadership battle is just freaking awesome. Several polls released have numbers that show only Rudd can beat Abbott, but the blodletting is now being described as animalistic:

The bloodletting inside the Labor Party is nothing short of animalistic, write Peter Hartcher and Phillip Coorey.

Until now, American presidential candidates have set the standard for bare-knuckle attacks on other members of their own party.

In a striking statistic, Republicans spent 5 per cent of all their ad budgets attacking each other in the election four years ago; so far this time, it’s running at 51 per cent, according to The Washington Post.

But the American standard for negativity appears to have been overtaken by an abrupt new Australian outburst. This week, many of the parliamentarians of the federal ALP have cast aside any semblance of unity and torn at each other in unrestrained frenzy.

It became ”animalistic”, said the federal Labor MP from Queensland Graham Perrett. Two of the most seasoned factional warriors from both sides of Labor, Graham Richardson from the NSW Right faction and Doug Cameron from the NSW Left, have declared it to be the most extreme they have seen.

And the percentage of negative statements this week? An analysis for the Herald by Sentia Media, formerly Media Monitors, puts it at 58 per cent.

”The comments have been more internally damaging to Labor than ever before,” is the assessment of a non-partisan professional observer, Sentia’s Patrick Baume. Australian Labor makes the US Republicans look almost charitable to each other by comparison.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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