Thursday 14th July 2016

Papers Reviewed: The Sun, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Times

The Sunsun.750

Topic of article: Politics

Headline: Go with the Flo

Authors: Tom Newton Dunn (Political Editor)

Aim of the article: The article is reporting on the change of Prime Minister.

Agenda of the article: The article reports on the change in leadership with little concern. In fact, the change of leadership is portrayed as a carefree affair, as the start of the article and its pictures focuses on the giddy nature of David Cameron’s daughter as the family leave 10 Downing Street. Theresa May’s changes to the Cabinet is referred to, particularly highlighting that Boris Johnson has been appointed as Foreign Secretary and George Osborne has been sacked as Chancellor of Exchequer. However, there is little discussion on what the repercussions of this could be, particularly in the case of Boris Johnson and his prior record in making controversial comments about notable international figures such as President Obama and Hillary Clinton. Instead, the leadership change and Cabinet is portrayed with much ease, promoting Theresa’s May pledge to “heal the UK”.

Bias of the article: This article reports the events surrounding Mr Cameron’s departure of Number 1o Downing Street, the Cabinet changes that Theresa May has created, in addition to quoting some parts of her first speech as Prime Minister. These things are mostly factual in nature. However, the article does demonstrate bias in its extremely supportive and uncritical stance towards what the change of leadership could mean for the future of Britain, whether May’s Cabinet really can deliver the promises made in her speech and what her speech means for the future of Britain as it leaves the EU.


The Guardianguardian.750

Topic of article: Politics

Headline: May’s Pledge to Brexit Britain

Authors: Heather Stewart (Political Editor)

Aim of the article: The article demonstrates how Theresa’s first two days as Prime Minister has been to portray an image of concern for ordinary citizens of the UK, as she becomes Prime Minister faced with the challenge of leaving the EU.

Agenda of the article: The article aims to demonstrate that Theresa May’s speech first speech had demonstrated centrist values, in a bid to appeal to working class or ‘ordinary’ populations of the UK. Her speech and Cabinet changes are demonstrated as a bid to ensure relative security amongst the public in regards to the future of the UK as it leaves the EU. The article notes that George Osborne, a controversial figure, is cut from the Cabinet as Chancellor of the Exchequer. The article also alludes to Johnson’s promotion as Foreign Secretary as one which is also tactical, as it is noted that Johnson will not have much responsibility over Brexit, as the task bears on other Cabinet Ministers; Fox and Davis. This calls into question the promotion of Boris Johnson as one based on the appeal to the public, particularly when we consider the Johnson’s background as a prominent Brexit campaigner, as well as having a large public platform due to his years as London Mayor.

Bias of the article: The article uses a variety of quotes from May’s first speech in order to demonstrate how May wishes to appeal to everyday citizens, and convince them that the future of Britain in regards to how it leaves the EU, will impact them positively. This supports the agenda of the article to demonstrate how May’s first two days as Prime Minister has been tactical in demonstrating herself as a capable leader as the UK leaves the EU.

The Daily Maildaily_mail.750

Topic of article: Politics

Headline: Boris Bounces Back!

Author(s): James Slack (Political Editor)

Aim of the article:  The article reports on Theresa May’s Cabinet Change.

Agenda of the article: The article discusses Theresa May’s Cabinet change in a mostly positive light. Portraying her as a decisive and bold leader, who “stamped her authority” in “three hours”. This article therefore gives the reader an impression of a capable leader, particularly in the context of uncertainty and instability after the EU referendum result. Boris Johnson’s appointment as Foreign Secretary is particularly made reference to, with little criticism within the article, despite the surprising nature of his promotion. This article mostly promotes an enthusiastic tone for Theresa May’s leadership, and her appointment of Johnson, and two Brexit MPs in her Cabinet. Clearly, the Daily Mail is confident that Theresa May’s appointment as Prime Minister is a positive change.

Bias of the article: The article mostly reports changes to the Cabinet that Theresa May has made.  Therefore, although this article is undoubtedly positive, it does not misinform. However, the article could have done more to inform readers of Theresa May’s background as an MP and her voting records, in order to analyse the future of governance under the new Prime Minister. Additionally, Johnson’s promotion is welcomed, with little reference to the controversies that surround his appointment as Foreign Secretary.


The Timesthe_times.750 (1)

Topic of article: Politics

Headline: May’s Clean Break

Authors: Francis Elliot (Political Editor)

Aim of the article: The article reports on Theresa May’s Cabinet changes and her first speech as Prime Minister.

Agenda of the article: The article aims to demonstrate a change in direction within the Conservative government as Theresa May becomes Prime Minister. Particlarly, it notes May’s appeal to the working class in her first speech as an indicator of this change in direction. It is also suggested that Mr Osborne was effectively fired from his position as Chancellor of Exchequor. The promotion of Johnson as Foreign Secretary is noted as controversial as the article reports on former comments he made regarding Hilary Clinton. The article also seeks to explore what the change of leadership may mean for a future Scottish referendum, however, it reports that Theresa May is unwilling to grant another referendum for Scottish independence. All in all, the article represents Theresa May’s first two days as Prime Minister as a time of rapid change, whilst also seeking to promote an air of balanced reporting.

Bias of the article: Although the article seeks to create a balanced tone, some assertions made are not backed up by sources or any other evidence. Particularly, the claim that Mr Osborne who officially stepped down as Chancellor, was told by May that he would be “cosigned to the back benches”. Additionally, the article does little to examine whether May’s attempt to demonstrate a change of direction, particularly in her appeal to working class people, is supported by her past voting records. This comparison would have granted greater analysis into Theresa May’s speech, and the true nature of her future leadership.

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Reviewed by: Albana Aruqaj



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