Thursday 15th September 2016

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

The Sun1

Topic of article: Crime

Headline: Have-a-go Hero Hacked to Death

Authors: Gary O’Shea

Aim of the article: The Sun’s leading article reports insensitively on the murder of a celebrity minder, who attempted to stop a robbery. 

Agenda of the article: The headline alone makes it clear that the article wants to report this murder in the most shock value way. Opting for describing the poor victim’s death as a ‘hacking’ and referring to the bodyguard who was tragically murdered as a ‘have-a-go hero’, the article does little to respect the deceased victim nor his family, who would be particularly sensitive to the way the victim’s murder is being used for shock value; in order to gain attention and a larger readership.   

Bias of the article: There is no denying that the story does report on the facts surrounding how and why the murder had occurred. However, there is clearly an intent for this story to more so shock, and hence, entertain, rather than respectfully inform readers on the tragic murder of the victim. It begs the question, should newspapers aim to be as respectful as possible when they are reporting on a murder? 

The Guardian2.jpg

Topic of article: Entertainment/ Domestic Affairs

Headline: BBC forced to reveal salaries of star names

Authors: Jane Martinson

Aim of the article: The story jumps on increasing concerns that the Conservative Government threatens the future of the BBC, by reporting on recent developments whereby presenters paid over £150,000 would have their incomes disclosed. 

Agenda of the article: The article focuses on the tougher line that Theresa May has taken with BBC wages, than David Cameron previously did. Noting that now the BBC must publish the wages of stars who earn more than £150,000, the Guardian takes effort in demonstrating how this might mean that competitors may have greater chances of persuading their top presenters, or journalists to leave the BBC. What is clear is that the story aims to demonstrate how the Conservative Government under Theresa May is taking a more interventionist role in the ruling of the BBC, and how this may disadvantage the BBC in the longterm. 

Bias of the article: There is a clear attempt by the writer to provide a balanced and detailed account of how the BBC will be impacted by the Conservative government, as well as the BBC’s and Government’s view of these changes. 

The Daily Mail3.jpg

Topic of article: Crime

Headline: End The Mobile Madness

Author(s): Vanessa Allen, Ray Massey, Emily Kent Smith

Aim of the article: The article aims to promote the Daily Mail as at the forefront of a campaign to have tougher sanctions against those who drive whilst on their mobile phones. 

Agenda of the article: The article gives out a strong message that there is a huge number of incidents of people being on their handheld device whilst driving. The article then goes on to describe the noble campaign the Daily Mail has created in order to reduce this danger on the roads. The article goes on to then quote the father of a woman who was killed by a driver who was reading a message on his phone, who argues that tougher punishments against driving and texting is required. 

Bias of the article: The article aims to provide its readers with a panic regarding the danger that handheld mobile use and driving poses to other drivers and pedestrians. Its unclear why the Daily Mail has attempted to  focus on handheld mobile use as other dangers such as drink driving claim more deaths on the road. The article attempts to provide shoddy statistics such as 50% of drivers admitting to using their phones whilst their driving, whilst providing no sources for this statistic in order to provide concern among st readers regarding the risk posed.

The Times4.jpg

Topic of article: Domestic Affairs

Headline: Inquiry into Police over the 1980s clash with miners

Authors: Francis Elliot, Sean O’Neill

Aim of the article: The Times clearly disproves whilst they report government plans to carry through with calls for a future inquiry into allegations of historical police orchestrated violence. 

Agenda of the article: The article discusses the growing calls for an inquiry into allegations of police orchestrated violence between officers and miners in 1984. The article clearly portrays a notion that this inquiry is not worth the effort,  as it heavily implies that this inquiry would be stretching out already stretched out police resources. Additionally constant references to the possibility of this inquiry being very lengthy and expensive are within the article; portraying it as a lot of bother over nothing. 

Bias of the article: It is interesting that the article only provides criticisms of the future inquiry, going into much detail of the possible cost and length that the inquiry might take, and urging that there is a necessity to make the inquiry as short as possible. Hilariously, The Times forgets that these allegations are serious, and if true, represents a crucial case of injustice and corruption within institutions during the Thatcher era, which must be brought to public consciousness. Why is it that The Times heavily focus on critics of the inquiry, and ignore the voices of advocates for the inquiry?  Because it is trying to represent this inquiry in a highly negative light. Oh… 

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Reviewed by: Albana Aruqaj


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