Thursday 11th August 2016

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

The Sun1

Topic of article: Entertainment

Headline: Hugh’s dukepot

Authors: Emily Andrews

Aim of the article: The article reports on the 9 billion pound inheritance of a 25 year old man. 

 Agenda of the article: The Sun today seems to be particularly insensitive even for them, by reporting on the inheritance of a 25 yr old man after his father has died. The article has a huge picture of the man grinning ear to ear, as if to portray the man as very lucky. The article goes on to reveal how “down to earth” the man is, ultimately portraying a very sunny article about.. a death. 

Bias of the article: The article quotes an unidentified friend for a character verification of the man. Additionally, the inheritance is listed as 9.9 billion pounds, however it seems unlikely that The Sun know the exact amount and this is likely an estimate amount. 

The Guardian

Topic of article: Politics

Headline: Labour in turmoil over claims of infiltration by Trotskyists 

Authors: Heather Stewart (Political Editor)

Aim of the article: The article reports on the increasing number of “hard left” members who originally abandoned Labour in the 1980’s wishing to return to Labour if Corbyn is re-elected.

Agenda of the article: The article addresses Tom Watson’s (deputy Labour leader) alleged concern regarding a growing number of “hard-left” individuals wishing to join the Labour party, and the influence 2.jpgthis will have on Labour’s future as a political party. It is clear that the article aims to insinuate that this would be catastrophic, describing the party as undergoing”civil war”. Corbyn’s leadership is deemed within the article as the motivation for many “Trotskyists” (a  section within the Labour party in the 1980’s) ,wanting to re-engage with Labour. The writer insinuates that these members are hard lefties, banned from Labour previously, with little care about the electability of the Labour Party. Additionally, Corbyn is clearly portrayed as attracting the hard left loons, whilst the writer juxtapositions Smith’s recent support from the GMB trade union, which represents schools, the NHS and other industries. The aim is to clearly represent Corbyn as a bad choice for future labour leader. 

Bias of the article: The article sources from the head of the Socialist group, previously labelled Militant when in the Labour party. This source does confirm a willingness to come back to Labour if Corbyn was re-elected. However, the article does little to inform readers of the history of the Trotskyists and Militant within the Labour Party, only letting the reader know that they were”banned”. This creates a simplistic and distorted image that Corbyn attracts only extreme individuals. The reality of the history is more complex, some members were banned, but most decided to leave, deciding that Labour was no longer a party representing a broad church of left wing ideology it once had been prior to the Thatcher era. Understanding this context would give readers the power to discern whether the link the article makes between Corbyn and extremism is necessarily fair. 

The Daily Mail3

Topic of article: Economics

Headline: Victory on Insurance Premiums Victory

Author(s): Victoria Bischoff (Money Mail Deputy Editor)

Aim of the article: The leading story reports on the new initiative whereby insurance companies must disclose differences in charging in a clear manner, when a client renews their contract. 

Agenda of the article: The article portrays this as a clear victory for working people, and particularly the elderly who may have been “scammed” by insurance companies who raise premiums for repeat customers. The DailyMail takes credit for this success by highlighting efforts made by the After Money Mail campaign had contributed to this success. 

Bias of the article: The article pools in a number of sources including the FCA, MoenySuperMarket.Com and George Osborne, in order to support the story’s enthusiastic tone. However, it is not clear whether this new initiative is legally bound, or whether some companies have simply agreed to take on the request by the Mail to do this for clients. Therefore, it might not be as much of a victory as claimed by the Mail. 


The Times4

Topic of article: International affairs, Environment

Headline: Chinese Hinkley Backer is accused of espionage. 

Authors: Robin Pagmanenta (Energy Director), Sean O’Neill (Chief Reporter)

Aim of the article: The story focuses on Britain’s partner in nuclear deals being accused of espionage charges from the US. 

Agenda of the article: Though the article reports on allegations of espionage, it clearly aims to tap into long-held concerns by the media regarding plans for a Chinese state-owned company’s involvement in building a nuclear power plant within the UK. The story brings these concerns back up by reporting that the Chinese company has recently been accused by the FBI of aiming to steal an American power industry secrets in order to further China’s nuclear ambitions. China is portrayed as already guilty of the allegations made by the US. This story clearly promotes the idea that a cross cultural collaboration between China and the UK is worrying. Although there is reason to be concerned if the allegations are true, the story could be more optimistic by highlighting that the deal demonstrates an improvement of British- Chinese relations since the cold war era. 

Bias of the article: No comments or responses from the company to the allegations made by the US has been supplied, as the article aims to demonstrate the company of the charges made by the FBI. Additionally, the article makes no reference to alternative energy sources, and the debate of whether nuclear energy should be invested into as thoroughly as it is by this government; arguably guiding readers into believing that nuclear energy is the only possible valuable energy source that the UK has. 

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Reviewed by: Albana Aruqaj



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