Media rhetoric of post-heroic leadership: Julia Gillard, Barack Obama and Press Gallery journalists, 2010–2013©

Coatney, Caryn (2018) Media rhetoric of post-heroic leadership: Julia Gillard, Barack Obama and Press Gallery journalists, 2010–2013©. Media International Australia, 167 (1). pp. 71-87. ISSN 1329-878X


Scholars have recognised the Canberra Press Gallery’s capacity to contribute to an inclusive, collective style of political leadership in the context of declining nostalgia for heroes of military conflict. While political leaders have signified supporting journalists in a ‘cooperative search for truth’ about a conflict, the Gallery has influenced these relations as ‘the courageous teller of a truth’. This article examines the media rhetoric and Press Gallery relations of Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her identification with US President Barack Obama during the conflict in Afghanistan between 2010 and 2013. Gillard connected to Obama’s agenda by arguing, like him, that military sacrifices had been justified because of the need to support marginalised groups, including Afghan women and girls. This article argues that as time went by, Press Gallery journalists increasingly queried and investigated Gillard’s rationale for the conflict. The journalists portrayed their role as public defenders of the ‘truth’ about Australia’s military engagement by including Afghanistan sources countering heroic military narratives.©

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2018 05:32
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2018 03:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: Afghanistan, Barack Obama, Canberra Press Gallery, journalism, Julia Gillard, post-heroic leadership
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190301 Journalism Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/1329878X18766095

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