In a different polity, in a different system, substitute Obama for Gillard, and you have the same media corruption:
I have many mates in the media. None of the senior people I speak with dispute the following statement, but the statement guides our media and thus what the nation learns about itself nonetheless.
Julia Gillard’s credibility is very low. She is not strongly believed. Lots of us think she tells lies easily. She spins and often does not make straight, truthful statements. Yet what Julia Gillard says requires no corroboration, no proof, no fact-checking - it’s simply and automatically reported as hard news, as fact because she says it. Compare and contrast with the substantiation required for a Kernohan or Blewitt statement to be aired.