Water Water everywhere and the hacks will have a drink.
News Limited gave Howard's water policy a good run, and gave the Victorian Farmers Federation a platform to give The Greens another kicking. The Greens got to respond to the first article (in the last par) but got nothing in the second.
Meanwhile the Fairfax press interveiwed a wide range of experts, state premiers, and govt spokespeople for a more balanced article about water.
Howard made the first big mistake of the campaign by claiming the Indonesian police had received a phone warning 45 minutes before the Jakarta bomb. Fairfax reported it while web searches indicate Rupert's rags ignored it.
Just a quick update, the Daily Telegraph covered this story in an editorial. Amazing how Andrew Bartlett somehow copped a spray for Howard's stuff-up.
Meanwhile Shaun Carney gets a big tick for his article in Today's Age. Basically Shaun is arguing the media plays a central roll in creating political myths, eg Libs are stronger on national security and they "reduce a complex, diverse national electorate of almost 13 million individuals, along with their thoughts and aspirations and perceptions of the issues, down to a fistful of bumper stickers."
Carney gets a negative vote for "The Hack of 2004" which is currently being lead by Gerard McManus.