Papers Reviewed: The Sun, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Times
Topic of article: Entertainment/Popular Culture
Headline: Papa Don’t Beach
Author: Stephen Moyes (News Reporter)
Aim of the article: This article aims to shock its readers into believing that Madonna’s son was left alone by his father, Guy Richie, who went on holiday. It pushes you into believing that Guy Richie is a poor father to his sixteen year old son.
Agenda of the article: Within this article, Guy Richie is portrayed as reckless and uncaring for his son, for he left him alone with ‘aides’ to go on holiday. Madonna on the other hand is portrayed as being ‘motherly’ and much more caring than her ex-husband, for she flew all the way over from New York to the UK to be with her son. It suggests Madonna was “desperately worried” at the way in which her son appears to have been abandoned by his father.
Bias of the article: This article is largely biased against Madonna’s ex-husband Guy Richie. It simply declares that he upped and left his son to go on holiday. There is no discussion of why he did this, nor for how long.
Topic of article: Economics
Headline: Return of the bonus bonanza: UK firms pay out record £44bn
Authors: Sean Farrell (City journalist) and Larry Elliott (Economics Editor)
Aim of the article: This article aims to highlight that despite the rise in bonuses being at a record high since the 2008 economic crisis, there is still huge economic inequality throughout the country which is yet to be tackled.
Agenda of the article: The article begins rather positively about the increase in bonuses both inside and outside the financial sector, suggesting a turning point in the UK’s economy since 2008. However as the article progresses it draws attention to the economic inequality that is ever present. Whilst many of the increased bonuses are being given to those in ‘top jobs’, for a large proportion of people regular pay growth has remained comparatively modest. The article then discusses the challenges for the prime minister in tackling economic inequality, by reforming the country’s economic structure.
Bias of the article: Much of this article is focused on the inequality that is exacerbated by an increase in bonuses. It fails to recognise the positive consequences of such an increase, for example, a more competitive job market which can encourage the best equipped and most competent person to apply for a senior position. The article also fails to see the desire for some companies to reward their employees for their work.
The Daily Mail
Topic of article: Crime
Headline: Police Go Soft On Mobile Madness
Authors: Vanessa Allen and Rebecca Camber (Crime Correspondent)
Aim of the article: This article is a continuation of a campaign by the paper to clamp down on those who use their mobile phones whilst driving. This article in particular targets the police as being part of the problem.
Agenda of the article: This article takes a tough stance on those who use mobile phones whilst driving. In particular it highlights cuts to police resources as one of the main reasons why many offenders are not prosecuted. In addition to this the article also accuses the police of being too ‘soft’ on drivers using their phones by simply allowing them to either “sign up for an awareness course” or “receive a lecture at the roadside”.
Bias of the article: This article becomes largely contradictory when attempting to lay blame with the police, for it begins by saying the number of drivers punished has fallen due to “drastic police cuts”. The article then later depicts police officers as simply being “soft” on criminals. What this article fails to do is criticise the government as the source of the cuts to police services, which have a knock-on effect on crime. Therefore despite the headline tackling a very serious important issue, it appears its focus is too much on the failings of the police as opposed those who are cutting public services.
Topic of article: Crime, International Affairs
Headline: Fears over rise of Chinese CCTV
Authors: Alexi Mostrous (Special Correspondent) Billy Kenber (Investigations Reporter)
Aim of the article: The aim of this article is to evoke a sense of fear from the public at the fact that a company run by the Chinese government is the UK’s biggest CCTV camera provider, thus suggesting a potential cyber security threat to the country.
Agenda of the article: This article certainly plays on the fears of the threat of cyber-crime from the Chinese government which seem to be engrained in many people’s minds. It suggests that along with the newly agreed Hinkley Point deal, the Chinese government is becoming too involved in the UK’s affairs. Despite there being no evidence of spying on the part of the Chinese government, the article still suggests that there is a very real possibility of it occurring in the future.
Bias of the article: The focus here is predominantly on the ‘Chinese threat’ and the suggestion that too much Chinese involvement in the UK is a negative prospect. What the article does not consider, is the positive outcomes from greater Chinese investment into the UK. Importing products from another country certainly has the potential to improve international relations, rather than pave the way for espionage. Instead, the article plays on basic and unfounded fears to stir up strong reactions from the public.
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Reviewed by: India Edwards