Papers Reviewed: The Sun, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Times
Topic of article: Crime
Author: Robin Perrie (North East Reporter)
Headline: Lotto Rapist Held For Flashing
Aim of article: The article is informing its readers that a previous lotto winner has been arrested for allegedly flashing a woman in the woods.
Agenda of article: The article is emphasising that this man, who allegedly flashed someone, is a previous lottery winner by mentioning it in the title, in the short article and also mentioning his actual winnings. It is difficult to gauge why the author is trying to emphasise this and why it is important to know this. It is possible that The Sun has reported this man winning the lottery in its previous headlines.
Bias of article: Although he has been arrested for flashing, there are no police sources in the article which reduces the accuracy and validity of the article. They also use the word ‘rapist’ to describe him and it is difficult to know if he was convicted of that crime. Perhaps if he was, and The Sun reported it, it might explain that the article is trying to tell its readers that the justice system has not prevented him to recommit a crime.
Topic of article: Politics, health
Author: Denis Campbell (Health Policy Editor), Haroon Siddique (News Reporter)
Headline: Doctors split over return to peace talks
Aim of article: The article is informing its readers about Jeremy Hunt’s preconditioned demand to begin negotiating the junior doctor contract again. His precondition is that the BMA’s junior doctors committee (JDC) agrees to, in writing, discuss Saturday pay and whether it should become part of a junior doctor’s normal working week.
Agenda of article: Following the decision of Jeremy Hunt’s decision to impose the contract on junior doctors, which then subsequently lead to all junior doctors striking including those working in emergency medicine this article provides hope that renegotiation may occur but at what price? Although the article is suggesting that the precondition is likely to result in tension and a divided house within the JDC, the BMA’s junior doctor chair is not suggesting that at all and is remaining open minded about Hunt’s precondition.
Bias of article: The article is representing the views of Jeremy Hunt as well as his opposition Dr Johann Malawana, the junior doctor chair. They state that ‘BMA sources’ have said that the precondition offered by Mr Hunt will split doctors but no direct quotes are present to validate this.
Topic of article: International affair
Author: Katie Strick (Reporter) and Sam Greenhill (News reporter)
Headline: U.S. bans Britons with ‘old’ passports
Aim of article: The article is informing its readers about a new anti-terror law that the U.S. have introduced which will prevent passengers from entering the country if they have passports without a biometric chip.
Agenda of article: The article is portraying a sense of injustice and unfairness to the new anti-terror law introduced by the U.S.. It appears relatively easy to empathise with this story and those that are or will be turned away from U.S. officials. The author even uses the figure of three million to show how many people will be affected, however it is not clear where that number comes from.
Bias of article: The article does well in representing the views of ‘Britons’ who will experience the ordeal of being turned away. However, it does not explain why the U.S. authorities have introduced this new anti-terror law. An anti-terror law, ideally, should be beneficial to society but the article does not try to elaborate on this.
Topic of article: Economics
Author: Tom Knowles (Property Correspondent)
Headline: Banks offer home loans to last until you are 80
Aim of article: The article is informing its readers that the bank Halifax is increasing its age limit for mortgages from 75 to 80 to reflect the ageing population of Britain.
Agenda of article: The essence of this article appears very positive and this proposed changed by Halifax seems intuitive and logical. The elderly population are more than likely to be pleased with this however it can perhaps be speculated that the newspaper may have some allegiances with Halifax and is promoting the bank and this new change by putting this story on its front page.
Bias of article: The article seems to mention and emphasise the positive of this new change but does little in demonstrating if there are any disadvantages to this change. It briefly mentions that previously “banks may have been reluctant to lend to older people out of fear of possible harm to their reputation” but it does not mention anything else.
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Reviewed by: Bruno Gnaneswaran
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