Friday 24th June 2016

The SunScreen Shot 2016-06-24 at 11.47.47.png

Topic of article: Politics

Author: Tom Newton Dunn (Political editor)

Headline: See EU later!

Aim of article: The article is informing its readers about the latest referendum result and Nigel Farage’s victory speech

Agenda of article: The article uses the same images as The Times depicting a victorious Brexit group. Its title “See EU later!” shows the happiness and joy that The Sun feels over the referendum result. The Sun’s previous article titled “Independence Day” has been achieved but at what cost.

Bias of article: The Sun has been advocating for a Brexit result in the EU referendum, it has shamelessly used divisive and xenophobic rhetoric to scare its readers and tell them that their problems are due to immigration. This shows clear bias in what it wants its readers to believe and uses its media power, as one of the most read newspapers, to further its agenda. This reduces its validity and reliability as a newspaper but it seems likely it will not reduce its readership.

GuardianScreen Shot 2016-06-24 at 11.16.58

Topic of article: Politics

Author: Anushka Asthana (Political Editor), Ben Quinn, Dan Milmo

Headline: Cameron faces fight for survival as Britain sets course for Brexit

Aim of article: The article is informing its readers about the referendum results and also its consequence on the value of the Pound Sterling. It also mentions the uncertainty surrounding Cameron’s leadership.

Agenda of article: The Guardian was in favour of a Remain vote and is depicting a photographic pictures of Stronger In supporters reacting in dismay. Despite Conservative MPs who campaigned for out supporting the Prime Minister, as stated by the article, we have learnt that David Cameron is going to step down as Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative party since the newspaper’s print. The other emphasis of the article is on how the “Pound plunges by 9% to lowest level since 1985”, a consequence of Brexit and pre-warned by economic experts.

Bias of article: The article quotes Nigel Farage declaring victory to Brexit supporters. It also uses sources from the Conservative party, chief economist and also Labour’s shadow foreign secretary to substantiate the article.

Daily MailScreen Shot 2016-06-24 at 12.05.33

Topic of article: Politics

Author: James Slack (Political Editor), Daniel Martin (Chief Political Correspondent) and Jason Groves (Deputy Political Editor)

Headline: We’re out!

Aim of article: The article is describing the Brexit campaign’s victory and the regions that performed well in voting out of the European Union.

Agenda of article: The front page has a jubilant and overjoyed picture of Nigel Farage with his hands in the air. It can be debated whether this image is rather terrifying or a happy welcoming image. The Daily Mail does not shy away from their relief and joy over this victory: “After 43 years UK freed from shackles of EU”.

Bias of article: The Daily Mail’s bias is on complete display, as it has been over this referendum campaign. It has been consistent and relentless at campaigning for Brexit and undermining the Remain camp, in particular David Cameron. Like The Sun, it has also been fear mongering its readers and using xenophobic rhetoric to further its own agenda. The Daily Mail has huge influence as it is the second most read newspaper after The Sun and over 45% of its readership are over 65, an age group that has a big voting power. The Daily Mail’s bias reduces its credibility and validity and despite the difficulty in assessing exactly how much of an influence it has had in this campaign, it begs the question of what the media is actually for. Should the media assert its politics and be powerful, should they have their own agenda and should they report the news unbiasedly.

The Times Screen Shot 2016-06-24 at 11.21.48

Topic of article: Politics

Author: Francis Elliott (Political Editor), Sam Coates (Deputy Political Editior)

Headline: Britain’s Brexit revolt

Aim of article: The article is informing its readers about the referendum results, its effect on the pound and how “Labour’s heartlands” did not perform as well as expected.

Agenda of article: It appears as if the emphasis of the article is placed on how Labour did not do as well as it should have done in the referendum: “suggesting Labour had failed to persuade its traditional supporters to reject Brexit”. It seems like the author is placing no blame on the Remain leaders Mr Cameron and Osborne but rather on Labour and its shortcomings. The article also mentions how towns that appeared to be Remain-leaning unexpectedly won by narrow margins.

Bias of article: The article uses a lot of statistics to explain the referendum result and also its impact on the pound. As mentioned previously it talks about Labour but it does not appear to mention much on the Conservative or the referendum’s consequence on the party.

Front page images from: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/gallery/2016/jun/24/newspapers-brexit-front-pages-eu

Reviewed by: Bruno Gnaneswaran

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