Thursday July 18th 2016

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

The Sun1

Topic of article: Crime

Headline: Lone Wolf Plot to Blitz UK

Authors: Jake Ryan

Aim of the article: To report on an undercover reporter investigation into a terror plot.

Agenda of the article: The article aims to persuade the reader that The Sun has found evidence of a terrorist plot within London. It is evident that The Sun aims to portray this terror plot as affiliated with ISIS. The report also aims to demonstrate this terror plot as affiliated with Muslims in particular, labelling the terror plot a “jihadi car bomb bid”; in addition to asserting  that the orders came from “Abu Muslim Khurasani”. The images supplied  in support of the article are famous London landmarks such as the Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. These images are used as an attempt to convince the reader of the intended targets of the terrorist plot.

Bias of the article: The article uses no sources in order to support their statement that The Sun has discovered an undercover terrorist plot. It makes no mention of their undercover reporter’s supporting statements. The only name mentioned within the article as evidence of the plot is “Abu Muslim Khurasani”, the alleged person in charge of the terror plot. However, it should be noted that “Abu Muslim Khurasani” is a famous general of the Abbasid Revolution, which took place centuries ago. Additionally, the article supplies no photographic evidence of the terrorist plot. This is unorthodox in an undercover investigation by a newspaper.

The Guardian4

Topic of article: Economics/ Politics

Headline: UK economy begins to feel Brexit tremors.

Authors: Larry Elliott (Economics Editor) and Angela Monaghan.

Aim of the article: The article updates readers on the uncertainty that the British economy faces after the EU referendum.  

Agenda of the article: The article clearly aims to demonstrate that future of the British economy is very uncertain after the result of the EU referendum. The article compares rates of growth in the UK economy 3 months prior to the EU referendum with the uncertainty that major construction firms, retailers and manufacturers feel after the result of the EU referendum. This is interesting as it is clear that the writers of the article view the UK’s membership to the EU as beneficial for British economics. Whilst the article does state that it is early to tell yet what the future of the economy may hold after the referendum, it is clear the article signals that there is reason to be worried regarding the future economic climate. The article notes the drop of the British sterling in foreign exchanges as a signal of this uncertainty.

Bias of the article: The article does note many sources such as the Society of Motor manufacturers and traders and Alexander Hammond, in addition to counter-arguments which suggest that it will be too early to tell at this point whether the results of the EU referendum has had a negative influence on the economy. Admittedly, juxtapositioning the statistics of GDP growth three months prior the the EU referendum, to no statistics is not balanced reporting. Although, as noted earlier, counter arguments are provided to make up for this imbalance.

The Daily Mail2

Topic of article: Domestic Affairs, Crime.

Headline: 2,000 terror suspects in UK but only one is under curfew.

Author(s): Ian Drury, James Slack (Political Editor)

Aim of the article: The article reports on the decreasing number of those under official anti-terror order within the UK.

Agenda of the article:  The article suggests that the decreasing number of those officially under the anti-terror order, which limits the movements of individuals suspected of being closely involved with terrorism, is negative. It also suggests that there are at least “2000” fanatics in the UK whose movement is not restricted. The article evidently takes issue with this. The article makes clear that it views these 2000 fanatics, as individuals who should be assumed to be guilty of having terrorist links or motivations. In the context of the killing of a Priest in France, by two men affiliated with ISIS, it is clear that the article intends to make use of growing concerns within the British Public of terrorism, and amp up fears that there may be a terrorist attack in the UK next,

Bias of the article: The article insists that there are “2000 fanatics” within the UK, affiliated by terrorist concerns. However, there is no evidence of the existence of 2000 fanatics within the UK, nor is there explanation by the article of what constitutes these 2000 people as ‘fanatics’ and requiring anti-terror legislation. Rather, it is clear that the article seems to promote the notion that if an individual is assumed as having terrorist affiliations, with no evidence supplied of this, the law should be able to constrain their movements. This is a dangerous notion. Additionally, it is a notion portrayed without any arguments which delves into the ethical, racial and Human Rights issues which surround anti-terror orders. Lastly, the article fails to inform readers about what actions an individual must be found guilty of in order to legally be put under anti-terror legislation and how this may contribute to the decrease in number of those under official anti-terror orders. All in all, the article does it’s best to create a moral panic; terrorism in the UK is a big threat.

 

The Times3

Topic of article: Health

Headline: Scientists create the first drug to halt Alzheimer’s

Authors: Chris Smyth (Health Editor)

Aim of the article: The article aims to report on a new drug developed for Alzheimer’s; LMTX.

Agenda of the article: The article aims to mostly inform readers about the new drug developed for Alzheimer’s. The article notes how promising this development is for research into Alzheimer’s in general, by reporting that it the first medicine developed, which has notable effects in reducing the rate of neurological deterioration, compared to a placebo and other Alzheimers medication.

Bias of the article: The article is mostly factual, supplying quotes and sources, including the head researcher of the study into LMTX; Dr Gauthier. Additionally, the article clearly explains the implications that this drug may have for future Alzheimer’s research.

Front page images from: http://en.kiosko.net/uk/

Reviewed by: Albana Aruqaj

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