Topic of article: Crime
Author: David Willetts (Defence correspondent)
Headline: Who dares winds up in jail
Aim of article: The article is informing its readers that an SAS hero has wound up in jail for keeping a “war-trophy handgun” for 15 months.
Agenda of article: The Sun has previously reported stories on its front page about war heroes and the British military. In particular, it has reported stories on war veterans that have either been involved with crime or received what The Sun perceives as unfair treatment. Former and current British troops commonly evoke feelings of sympathy due to the nature of their jobs and The Sun often picks up on this. It is unclear why The Sun chooses to put such stories on its front page, perhaps it is to indicate that SAS soldiers deserve better treatment than others.
Bias of article: More clarification is needed over the crime that was committed. The article mentions that “others guilty of possessing guns have gone free” however it does not state why some get sentenced and others do not. It is also unclear whether the prison sentence is normal for this type of crime or if it is out of proportion.
Topic of article: Economics, Energy
Author: Terry Macalister (Energy editor) , Jill Treanor (City editor), Sean Farrell (City journalist)
Headline: BP chief’s £14m payout triggers investor revolt
Aim of article: The article is informing its readers about a revolt from BP’s shareholders over the pay package, £14 million, for the chief executive of BP.
Agenda of article: The article emphasises the significance of the event by describing it as “one of the biggest AGM revolts against executive pay”. Pay packages of CEOs of large corporations have often been discussed since the financial crisis of 2008, particularly as they are often disproportionate to employees pay and it sometimes does not reflect the success of the corporation. This revolt may set a precedent to big pay packages being handed out to chief executives and subsequently may lead to a decrease in the inequality of wages between executives and the rest of the workforce. News such as this, can be very appealing to a left-leaning newspaper.
Bias of article: The views of the shareholders are widely represented in this article and their justification for voting against a £14 million pay package is explained. However, quotes from chief executives have not been sought and their reasoning for high pay is not explained but it is perhaps elaborated on inside the newspaper.
Topic of article: Health (Food industry)
Author: Sean Poulter (Consumer Affairs Editor)
Headline: Don’t eat our pasta sauce more than once a week
Aim of article: The article is informing its readers that food sauces from Dolmio and Uncle Ben’s should be eaten only once a week due to its high salt, fat and sugar content.
Agenda of article: The aforementioned popular food sauces are consumed widely in the U.K. and it appears their unhealthy content was relatively unknown to the public despite their marketing strategy targeting families and children. Informing the public about this issue is relatively useful and will impact the popularity of Dolmio and Uncle Ben’s.
Bias of article: The article begins with saying that, Mars Food, the company whose food sauces contain high salt, fat and sugar, have made the admission that its products should not be eaten more than once a week. It then goes on to mention how the company will try and be more explicit about its food contents in the future. Furthermore it mentions what other actions campaigners are hoping for. Although it is representing both sides rather well, figures on how unhealthy these products are would be helpful.
Topic of article: Economics, Energy
Author: Robin Pagnamenta (Energy Editor)
Headline: Shareholders revolt over BP chief’s £14m pay deal
Aim of article: The article is informing its readers about the rejection of a pay rise for its chief executive by shareholders in BP.
Agenda of article: The event described is seen as the “second biggest rebellion of its kind at a British company” and the article is indicating that it appears as if more changes are to come. It is on the front page because it is significant news and that the status quo, with regards to enormous payments being made to chief executives, is beginning to change.
Bias of article: Many sources are quoted in this article representing the views of shareholders and stating why there is anger towards executives’ pay. However the views of BP and their response has not been reported nor has the article speculated on what their reaction would be.
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Reviewed by: Bruno Gnaneswaran