Friday 18th March 2016

The SunScreen Shot 2016-03-18 at 20.07.45

Topic of article: Lottery

Author: Alex West (West of England correspondent)

Title: Who dares wins lotto

Aim of article: The article is informing its readers about an SAS fighter who recently won £1 million on the national Lottery

Agenda of article: The two main themes of this article are winning a large sum of money and the special forces. It also makes reference to solder’s service  “The soldier, who has killed Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan”. It appears that these issues are important to The Sun for them to put this article on its front page.

Bias of the article: It is difficult to assess the reliability of the article. However, one can infer, from the language used, that the “SAS hero” appears to be deserving of the Lottery winnings.

The GuardianScreen Shot 2016-03-18 at 20.40.48

Topic of article: Politics

Author: Nicholas Watt (Chief political correspondent), Rowena Mason (political correspondent), Aisha Gani (reporter on news desk)

Title: Tory rebellion grows over disability cuts

Aim of article: The article is telling its readers that certain Conservative MPs are not happy over the proposed disability benefit cuts by George Osborne.

Agenda of article: The article emphasises, by using several quotes from conservative MPs, that this revolt is greater than the one felt over last autumn’s proposed plans to cut tax credits. The Guardian is trying to show its readers that many of Tory MPs have publicly condemned the cuts: “This is about need, it is not about welfare reform. These people have these needs. These needs are not going away and therefore the payments should not go away.” Furthermore, The Guardian also states that several prominent disability charities have asked three Tory MPs to step down as patrons as a result of unfavourable voting in parliament that relate to cuts to services. Discontent amongst charities and the Conservative party itself adds weight to the uneasiness surrounding the proposed cuts to disability benefits

Bias of the article: The article is only representing the views of Conservative MPs who seem to oppose the Chancellors proposed disability benefit cuts. The Guardian has not used quotes from the Chancellor stating why these cuts are being implemented or quotes from MPs that favour these cuts.  It briefly mentions that government sources say that Iain Duncan Smith would listen carefully to concerns.

The Daily Mail Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 20.41.32

Topic of article: Politics

Author: Sean Poulter (Consumer Affairs Editor)

Title: Tory war over coffee cup tax

Aim of article: The article is telling its readers about a row between ministers due to a suggestion by environment minister Rory Steward that disposable cups could be taxed to “prevent billions ending up in a tidal wave of rubbish”

Agenda of article: The article seems to have been written to further show its readers about the current instability within the Conservative party as this is another issue where there seems to be disagreement amongst ministers and officials.

Bias of the article:  The article attempts to show both sides of the story by stating why Rory Stewart is in favour of taxing disposable cups and at the end of the article it also states why certain ministers were not keen on the idea; “It is believed that Ministers are keen not to antagonise the food and drink industry, which has enormous financial and lobbying power”, although they show no evidence of this. However, the Daily Mail is making assumptions that Liz Truss, the environment secretary and George Osborne have been involved in silencing the suggestion to tax disposable cups The article does not show any evidence that this is true.

The TimesScreen Shot 2016-03-18 at 21.23.07

Topic of article: Finance/Politics

Author: Patrick Hosking (financial editor)

Title: Billionaire Tory back backlisted by top bank

Aim of article: The article is informing its readers about a billionaire philanthropist, Mr Said, who has been blacklisted by Barclays as they are concerned that they may not be able to satisfy regulators about its anti-money-laundering processes if it retained Mr Said and his associated charities and businesses as clients.

Agenda of article: The title of the article and the suggestions that it has been making indicate that perhaps that the Conservative party has potentially been receiving laundered money. It is also trying to show its readers that Barclays, after having been fined £72 million by the Financial Conduct Authority for “failing to check properly a £1.88 billion deal that it handled for “politically exposed people” – clients who might have been in a position to take bribes that needed laundering”, are trying to show that it is doing its best by black-listing such a significant client.

Bias of the article: The article is clearly stating the reasons why Mr Said has been blacklisted but there is no comment on what Mr Said has to say about this situation. There are also no quotes from representatives of Barclays. The article does not elaborate on what this means for Barclays or Mr Said.

Front page images from: http://en.kiosko.net/uk/

Reviewed by: Bruno Gnaneswaran

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