Friday 23rd September 2016

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

The Sun

Topic of article: Popular culture, politics

Headline: Goose-stepping on Churchill’s grave

Author: Neil Syson (News Reporter)

Aim of the article: This story tells of people’s outrage as a film crew for the new Transformers movie, films scenes involving Nazi soldiers very close to Churchill’s birthplace and final resting place.

 Agenda of the article: The headline attempts to anger the reader by suggesting that Nazi symbolism is being paraded ashamedly close to Churchill’s grave. The use of the phrase ‘goose-stepping’ suggests imagery of Nazi soldiers physically marching in military form over Churchill’s grave.

 Bias of the article: This story seems to focus too much on the idea of Nazis seemingly patrolling Churchill’s birthplace, as opposed to them simply being actors in costume. It quotes one veteran as saying “Churchill will be turning in his grave”, despite the actors not even being ‘real’ Nazis. Overall the article seems to take the filming too seriously, instead of accepting that the area is simply a temporary film location.

The Guardian

Topic of article: Politicsguardian-750

Headline: Labour MPs to reject roles in Corbyn cabinet

Authors: Heather Stewart (Economics Editor), Rajeev Syal (Whitehall Correspondent)

Aim of the article: The aim of this article is to highlight the struggles that the Labour party is currently facing with regards to its leadership contest. In particular the article focuses on Jeremy Corbyn’s team and how they are attempting to persuade ‘rebel’ Labour MPs to support them in the wake of numerous resignations that have befallen the party.

 Agenda of the article: This article is highly critical of Corbyn and his team, in particular by highlighting the numerous “high profile resignations” that have taken place. The article also suggests that many MPs are simply readying themselves for a “coexistence” with Corbyn, which suggests that any future the Labour party will have, will be fraught will difficulties as many MPs refuse to support their leader.

Bias of the article: What is interesting about this article is that it focuses very little on the other main competitor for the Labour leadership, Owen Smith. He is barely mentioned despite being hugely important in regards to the fight for support from Labour MPs. However, despite focusing primarily on Jeremy Corbyn’s team, the article is largely negative about Corbyn’s prospects in getting fellow Labour MPs to support him.

 The Daily Mail

Topic of article: Politics, crimedaily_mail-750

Headline: Sort it out!

Author: Jason Groves (Deputy Political Editor)

Aim of the article: The aim of this article is to highlight the distress brought about by human rights groups against veteran soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The article discusses Theresa May’s calls for the “hounding of our troops” to end.

Agenda of the article: The purpose of this article is to gain support from the reader in favour of armed forces veterans. The phrase “our boys” creates a personal attachment for the reader in order to persuade them towards the paper’s views. This article is worthy of front page news because for many people this is a controversial topic; to have our ‘heroes’ hounded on return from service is upsetting for many, particularly when these heroes are simply people who have put their lives on the line for their country.

Bias of the article: This story is grossly biased towards the armed forces and its veterans. Whilst the article makes the point that many veterans can be harassed for crimes which may be unfounded, it fails to acknowledge the few soldiers that have committed human rights abuses whilst on service. There will always be soldiers who are guilty of active service crimes, so surely you cannot abolish the system that brings them to justice simply because some innocent veterans are ‘hounded’ by human rights lawyers.


 The Times

Topic of article: Crime, international affairsthe_times-750

Headline: 500m web users hit by biggest hack in history

Authors: Robert Miller (Financial Journalist), Alexandra Frean (Business Editor)

Aim of the article: This story tells of one of the biggest internet hacks in history in which more than 500 million people have had details stolen, in what appears to be a state-sponsored hack. The story goes on to detail the type of information that has been stolen, including details such as phone numbers, email addresses and answers to personal security questions.

Agenda of the article: The story places much of the blame on Russia being the source of the hack, after hackers that have links to Russia “boasted of infiltrating the White House”. The article uses scaremongering tactics by suggesting that very personal information could now be easily viewed by the hackers. It makes the reader feel very vulnerable particularly with regards to their online presence.

Bias of the article: This article is largely balanced in its approach, if slightly biased in favour of the hacked victims. One line of argument this article could have pursued however, is the role that Yahoo (the hacked company) have had in the attack. The article writes that the attack happened in 2014, so why did Yahoo not announce this earlier? Perhaps the company did not have adequate protection, or did not deal with the attack effectively. Nevertheless it is certainly cause for concern.

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Reviewed by: India Edwards


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