Topic of article: Crime
Author: Robin Perrie (North East Reporter)
Aim of article: The article is informing its readers about the length of Adam Johnson’s sentence and also about further revelation of information following his sentencing – bestiality videos, the visiting of teenage porn sites and how he had regular sexual intercourse on the bonnet of his Range Rover.
Agenda of article: Adam Johnson has been on the front page of The Sun on a few occasions recently with regards to the allegation, investigation and now sentencing of his crimes. The crimes committed bring about deep condemnation from society due to the nature of what he did and this story further attacks the character and personality of Johnson. It is on the front page because the celebrity status of Johnson combined with the decisions took by Johnson are viewed as not ‘normal’ and shocking. This makes this news very attractive to readers.
Bias of article: The language used, such as: ‘paedo,’, ‘pervert’ and ‘depravity’ evokes strong emotions and associations about the story and Johnson. The big, strong and prominent headline ‘Animal’ demonstrate heavy castigation by The Sun. Although these revelations are factual, the aforementioned language used clearly indicates how The Sun feels about Adam Johnson.
Topic of article: International, Crime
Author: Julian Borger (world affairs editor)
Heading: Guilty of genocide: justice catches up with Karadzic
Aim of article: The article is informing its readers about the sentencing of Radovan Karadzic that took place at the Hague for the genocide that occurred at Srebrenica.
Agenda of article: This is very significant news, as The Guardian points out: ‘It was a conviction that ran as the most serious handed down in Europe since Nuremberg’. A political leader has finally been convicted by the International Court of Justice, however, perhaps, justice has not prevailed due to the ‘quiet grunts of disappointment when Karadzic was acquitted of a second charge of genocide for the 1992 killings in Serbian municipalities around Bosnia’
Bias of article: The article appears to be written in a matter-of-fact tone and uses quotes by the presiding judge. Nevertheless, the article starts off with: ‘At the end of it all, 21 years since he was first charged, after 11 years on the run, a five-year trial and the 18 months the judges took to deliberate over a verdict..’ which implies that the ‘moment of judgement’ took a long time to come.
Topic of article: Immigration, Health
Author: Ian Drury (Home Affairs Correspondent)
Heading: NHS signs up more foreign nurses
Aim of article: The article is informing its readers that the NHS are going to recruit thousands of nurses from abroad to exploit cheap labour.
Agenda of article: The emphasis that this article puts on the issue that the NHS is hiring more foreign nurses than it already does, depicted by the underlining of the word more in its title, demonstrates that The Daily Mail’s stance on immigration has not changed. The anti immigration rhetoric that it so often uses, especially when it publishes article on Europe, is on full display for its readers. This sentence ‘they are exploiting cheap labour to ‘undercut’ British staff’ for the Daily Mail readers, especially those who are unemployed and are having difficulty finding a job, will evoke an emotional response, perhaps not wholly justified.
Bias of article: The Daily Mail has failed on two fronts to produce a reliable and fair article. Firstly it does not quote any of its sources and states that its source is from the Government’s independent immigration advisors. Secondly, it is not representing the views of the NHS or the foreign nurses. It appears that they have not sought explanation as to why the NHS is recruiting more foreign nurses. Moreover, it fails to address if there is shortages of nurses in the U.K. and what the reason for the staff shortage is.
Topic of article: International news, terrorism
Author: Adam Sage, David Brown, Bruno Waterfield (Times reporters at Brussels)
Heading: Brussels cell ‘was plotting radioactive bomb attack’
Aim of article: The article is informing its readers about a potential terrorist plot involving radioactive substances that had been planned by terrorists in Belgium
Agenda of article: The plot to ‘scatter radioactive material over a popular area’ seems rather terrifying. The Brussels terror attacks at the airport and metro have been all over the news recently and this revelation will increase the fear in people. There has been concerns about terrorists in Belgium and the handling of intelligence by Belgium authorities and this article increases the significance of these concerns.
Bias of article: The article uses quotes from an official at the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control. The article mentions that eleven Belgian workers have had their work passes revoked, however it fails to elaborate on why that has occurred or what their exact involvement are. There are also no quotes from official government authorities on this revelation.
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Reviewed by: Bruno Gnaneswaran