Friday 8th July 2016

The Sun Screen Shot 2016-07-08 at 17.28.49.png

Topic of article: Politics

Author: Tom Newton Dunn (Political editor)

Headline: The Iron Mayden

Aim of article: The article is informing its readers of Theresa May’s Conservative Party leadership victory.

Agenda of article: The Sun is openly backing Theresa May to be the new Prime Minister: “The Sun today backs Mrs May”. The title of the article “The Iron Mayden” is likening Theresa May to Margaret Thatcher which highlights The Sun’s admiration and support towards Theresa May.

Bias of article: The article appears heavily in support of Theresa May and fails to elaborate on Andrea Leadsom, the other candidate. This detracts from the reliability and validity of the article and the newspaper.

The GuardianScreen Shot 2016-07-08 at 16.52.27

Topic of article: Politics

Author: Heather Stewart, Rowena Mason

Headline: Britain to get second female PM as May and Leadsom win Tory vote

Aim of article: The article is informing its readers about Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom’s win in the second round of voting for the Conservative party leadership.

Agenda of article: The authors describe, numerically, how May and Leadsom won the second round. The tone of the article appears factual. They describe how Gove was unable to receive enough votes to progress and why: “That act of disloyalty appears to have raised doubts about Gove’s leadership potential”

Bias of article: The article appears to be painting Theresa May in a more positive light than Andrea Leadsom. There appears to be no criticism of May but the author describes Leadsom’s political affiliation and her view on gay marriage as well as her wish to reintroduce fox-hunting. There is no mention of May’s policies or views.

Daily MailScreen Shot 2016-07-08 at 17.42.55

Topic of article: Politics

Author: James Slack and Jason Groves

Headline: Who’ll be the new Maggie?

Aim of article: The article is informing its readers that two women progressed through the Conservative leadership election and that the new prime minister will be a woman.

Agenda of article: The title and article emphasises that the new Prime Minister will “fill Margaret Thatcher’s shoes” which highlights the ignorance and patriarchal  view of the Daily Mail. To say that the next Prime Minister will be the “New Maggie” just because she is a woman appears narrow minded and myopic.

Bias of article: Although the Daily Mail in this article does not openly back May or Leadsom, it is critical of Leadsom and her CV. The author does not criticise May or balance the criticism with a positive comment.

The TimesScreen Shot 2016-07-08 at 17.28.37

Topic of article: Politics

Author: Francis Elliott (Political editor)

Headline: Leadsom steps from the shadows to take on May

Aim of article: The article is informing its readers about the second round of the Conservative leadership election, where Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom progressed.

Agenda of article: There is an emphasis by the author that the next Prime Minister will be a woman and how “Of the UK’s four countries, only Wales will be led by a man”. The article also explains how the expected date for the leadership election is distant and more than 40 Tory MPs have urged the “Conservative Party Chairman to accelerate the two-month ballot in the national interest”

Bias of article: The author appear to represent positive aspects of both Leadsom and May, nevertheless, there is a subtle leaning towards Leadsom which is also indicated by the title and the image on the front page.

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Reviewed by: Bruno Gnaneswaran

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