Thursday 1st September, 2016

The Sun1.jpg

Topic of article: Crime

Headline: Max Sex Act With Girl, 28, in Jail

Authors: Michael Hamilton

Aim of the article: The article reports on the alleged sexual acts involving Max Clifford, taken place within a prison.

Agenda of the article: The article seems concerned with reporting on the alleged sexual acts in order to demonstrate how “perverted” Max Clifford is. It should be noted that Clifford is serving time in jail for eight counts of historical sexual assault. The article therefore goes out of its way to render Clifford as a “perv”, “grubby” and noting that he has a “seedy reputation” in jail, whilst reporting the alleged sexual acts. More interestingly, the article further goes on to make a point of how much younger the woman implicated in the allegations is, in addition to inquiring how he was able to garner her attention. The assertion is clearly that she is younger and more vulnerable to his grubby charms, despite her 28 years of age. 

Bias of the article: The article uses a lot of unnamed sources with “insider knowledge” to provide character descriptions of Clifford which fits in with the agenda to portray Clifford as a “perv”. The allegations reported by The Sun has no accountability, in other words the writer does little to provide evidence for the allegations. 

The Guardian2.jpg

Topic of Article: Politics, International Politics

Headline: Brexit means border controls, at whatever price, May insists

Authors: Anushka Asthana

Aim of the article: The story reports on the future direction that May and her cabinet agree on taking with regards to leaving the EU.

Agenda of the article: This article particularly takes issue with the alleged agreement between May and her cabinet that immigration from Europe will be tightly regulated after Britain leaves the EU. The article notes that this will have particularly devastating consequences on the services industry of which is integral to Britain’s economic success. The article also notes on the willingness of May’s cabinet to concentrate on mostly trade negotiations and to invoke article 50. 

Bias of the article: The article does make an effort to balance its opinion on the consequences that Mays plans will have for the future of the EU, by noting that strong trade deals are likely to occur. However, it is clear that the article views the plans as mostly harmful to the future of the British economy, whilst also additionally portraying the undemocratic nature of article 50; particularly in concern for Scotland who overwhelmingly voted to stay in the EU. 


The Daily Mail: 3.jpg

Topic of Article: Health

Headline: Alzheimer’s Revolution

Authors: Fiona Macrae

Aim of the article: The article reports on the large scale clinical trial for a drug which may significantly reduce the progression of Alzheimer’s. 

Agenda of the article: Although the writer does attempt to inform how and why this drug is significant for Alzheimer’s research, the article portrays an overly enthusiastic tone which worryingly implies that the drug has already been found to significantly reduce Alzheimer’s which is not the case. Reporting that there is “tantalizing evidence” that this drug will signal a cure for Alzheimer’s. 

Bias of the article: Although it is nice for the Daily Mail to intend to report on something positive, rather than divisive for a change, the story requires a more balanced explanation of why clinical trials are required for the drug. Namely, that it is not yet sure, although it is promising that this drug will work safely and effectively for patients with early Alzheimer’s.

The Times: 

Topic of Article: Health

Headline: Alzheimer’s drug is huge leap forward for sufferers

4.jpgAuthors: Oliver Moody

Aim of the article: The article reports on the large scale clinical trial for a drug which may significantly reduce the progression of Alzheimer’s. 

Agenda of the article: The story is mostly positive, whilst also practicing caution at being over-enthusiastic in regards to the effectiveness of the new drug, noting caution at already viewing the drug as a cure for Alzheimer’s. The article informs how the drug works, and why this is significant, if it works the way intended on humans with early Alzheimer’s. The story also significantly reports that the drug could be available on the NHS in the future, in as little as five years, if clinical trials find the drug to be effective. 

Bias of the article: The article is very informative, noting the size of the clinical trial, the duration and the possible future effects of the drug. Additionally, the article is well sourced, noting the comments made by chief officer at Alzheimer’s Research. 


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Reviewed by: Albana Aruqaj


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