Topic of article: Entertainment
Author: No article on the front page
Headline: …And it’s goodnight from me Ronnie Corbett 1930 – 2016
Aim of article: Although there is no article on the front page headline, the headline is informing readers about the death of Ronnie Corbett and indicating to readers that there is more information inside the newspaper.
Agenda of article: Ronnie Corbett was one of Britain’s most popular entertainers and was on television for more than 50 years. This is tragic news to many in Britain and perhaps that is why The Sun chose for this news story to be on the front page.
Bias of article: Cannot comment on bias of article
Topic of article: Politics, business
Author: Anushka Asthana (Political Editor), Graham Ruddick (Senior Business Reporter)
Headline: Ministers start hunt for Tata Steel buyers
Aim of article: The article is informing its readers about the current steel crisis and Sajid Javid’s, the business secretary, and the government’s efforts to tackle this crisis by trying to find a suitable buyer.
Agenda of article: The article is painting Sajid Javid in a negative light by mentioning that he “was ordered to return from an official trip to Australia” and that “he faced further embarrassment” when he took his 16-year-old daughter with him. The Guardian also highlights that he missed the emergency meeting of ministers on how to tackle the crisis and that critics say “he ought to have seen coming” when referring to the crisis. Although the article begins with solutions that the government has to offer to the crisis, the underlying tone seems critical of the government. The article’s mentioning of Javid’s “untimely” speech where he described himself as a “proud capitalist” highlights that the British steel industry has been under great pressure due to cheap imports from China, because of free enterprise and free trade – capitalism.
Bias of article: The article uses direct quotes from government ministers such as Mr Cameron, Mr Javid and Mr Hammond. It is also representing the views of the opposition party by using quotes from Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell. Nevertheless, the views of people working in the steel industry or other business leaders do not seem to be represented.
Topic of article: Entertainment
Author: Jemma Buckley (show business reporter), Larisa Brown (political and defence correspondent) and Vanessa Allen (unknown)
Headline: Why wasn’t he knighted?
Aim of article: The article is trying to inform its readers that Ronnie Corbett has died from motor neurone disease and is questioning why he was not given a knighthood.
Agenda of article: The main emphasis of the article revolves around “Why wasn’t he knighted?” especially as the Daily Mail states that more ‘unworthy’ people have received the prestigious award: “particularly given the tainted gongs (were) given to figures such as paedophile TV presenter Jimmy Savile and shamed banker Fred Goodwin”. The comment box in the article goes further to say: “Honours are conferred on countless cronies and less worthy celebrities. That he never became Sir Ronnie is a terrible indictment of our hopelessly corrupted system”. It seems that the Daily Mail feels a strong sense of unfairness or injustice that Corbett was not knighted. Nevertheless, it is difficult to substantiate whether the Daily Mail has a hidden agenda – to distract its readers from the issues of the world with its emotive language.
Bias of article: The Daily Mail clearly communicates why it thinks that Ronnie Corbett should have received a knighthood however it has not sought any information on why he has not received the honour nor has it suggested any reasons.
Topic of article: Politics
Author: Francis Elliot (political editor), Bruno Waterfield (Brussels correspondent)
Headline: Steel crisis blamed on desire to woo Beijing
Aim of article: The article is trying to inform its readers that the current steel crisis in Britain has resulted because of the government’s relationship with China and their cheap steel.
Agenda of article: The article is putting the blame of the current crisis on the government and David Cameron by mentioning “Tata has accused David Cameron of sleepwalking into the steel crisis..”, “Tata officials are said to be amazed at the prime minister’s failure to heed their warnings..” and that “EU officials are also privately critical of Britain over its reluctance to raise tariffs for China”. The article makes it very clear that the crisis could have been avoided if the government stopped China from undercutting Britain with its cheap steel.
Bias of article: Sources from the steel industry have been included but since The Times describes that the steel crisis is “blamed on desire to woo Beijing”, it has not made any attempts to include sources and quotes from the government. There are no suggestions from The Times about the reasons why the government chose to do this if the steel crisis is truly to be blamed because of cheap Chinese steel condoned by the government.
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Reviewed by: Bruno Gnaneswaran