Friday 7th October 2016

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

The Sun

Topic of article: Politicssun-750

Headline: Anarchy in the UKIP

Author: Harry Cole (Journalist)

Aim of the article: This article reports on an assault against UKIP member Steven Woolfe, in which he was allegedly hit by the MEP Mike Hookem.

 Agenda of the article: This article by The Sun depicts the UKIP party as being in disarray as party members resort to violence against each other. The paper’s aim is to humiliate the party by indicating that they cannot work together, which begs the question, what hope is there of them becoming an increasing power within British politics?

 Bias of the article: During the EU referendum The Sun was one of the national papers publically in favour of Brexit, it is therefore interesting that the paper seeks to humiliate the very party whose main principle was to leave the European Union. It is evident that the UKIP is undergoing public humiliation with regards to its very public ‘punch-up’, therefore it is very likely The Sun is now attempting to distance itself from the party despite sharing the same stance on Britain’s exit from the EU.

The Guardian

Topic of article: Politicsguardian-750

Headline: Corbyn gives Abbott top job in cabinet reshuffle

Authors: Rajeev Syal (Whitehall Correspondent), Jessica Elgot (News Reporter)

Aim of the article: This piece is written to inform the reader of the shadow cabinet reshuffle that has taken place after Jeremy Corbyn’s recent re-election as Labour leader. It lists many of the top posts and who has filled them, with particular emphasis on the fact that there are now five MPs from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, “the highest ever number”.

 Agenda of the article: The Guardian portrays Corbyn as beginning to take control of his position as the (re-elected) leader of the Labour party. The sub-heading loudly declares “Leader asserts authority as Starmer and Chakrabarti handed key roles”. This is therefore one of the few media articles that is openly presenting Corbyn as a Labour leader who is in control of his own party.

Bias of the article: This article approaches the topic in a largely balanced manner, however it arguably does not give enough insight into the controversies surrounding the reshuffle. Instead the piece focuses on the positive changes that have been brought about, such as the move towards increasing the number of black and ethnic minority MPs and Corbyn’s ability to assert his authority. The article rather neglects those in the party who are still unhappy with Corbyn leading the party.

The Daily Mail

Topic of article: Politics   daily_mail-750

Headline: UKIP Out For The Count

Authors: John Stevens (Europe Correspondent), Sam Greenhill (News Reporter)

Aim of the article: To inform the reader in a sensationalist fashion about the alleged altercation between Steven Woolfe and Mike Hookem, both members of UKIP.

Agenda of the article: This version of the apparent violent altercation between Woolfe and Hookem has been hugely dramatised by the Mail, which depicts Woolfe as “…allegedly challenging his fellow MEP to ‘step outside’ and settle their differences ‘man on man’”. The Mail then declares that “Both (men) took off their jackets”, which trivialises the whole affair as it draws similarities to a playground fight between children. The picture used on this front page adds to the humiliation and hilarity of the situation, as it is completely focused on Woolfe’s splayed out body lying on the ground. The article also refers to Nigel Farrage as being ‘tearful’ as he battled to stop the party tearing itself apart, which suggests an element of ridiculousness because who would believe that Farrage would be so emotional, particularly after being so desperate to leave the party after Brexit.

Bias of the article: The article ridicules the whole affair and similarly the party itself. The paper does not even attempt to discuss in depth the reasons for the party disagreements in the first place, merely focusing on the sensationalism of the punch-up. Additionally the article does not interview any witnesses that were present during Hookem’s alleged attack, which creates uncertainty as to what really happened. The only witnesses the paper mentions are Hookem’s allies who have since accused Woolfe of merely ‘tripping over’.


 The Times

Topic of article: Entertainment, domestic affairsthe_times-750

Headline: Gambling adverts face ban from daytime TV

Authors: Matt Chorley (Red Box Editor), Andrew Ellison (Consumer Affairs Correspondent)

Aim of the article: This article is written to inform the reader of government proposals to ban gambling adverts from T.V. in the daytime, particularly as its presence was found to have normalised gambling in the minds of children who are constantly bombarded with the adverts.

Agenda of the article: This article is written to raise awareness of the gambling addictions that can manifest themselves in those who are over-exposed to betting adverts on T.V. The article seeks to promote the government’s plans to parents in particular, who may be worried about the exposure their children have to such betting advertisements.

Bias of the article: The story appears to be in favour of the government proposals to ban gambling adverts, as many of the statistics quoted show the detrimental effects that gambling adverts are having on the population (and children in particular). What this article does not explore however is the effect that such a ban will have on the businesses that rely on such advertising to promote their gambling services. Additionally the article does not question the complete authority that the government seems to have over what we can and cannot see on our T.Vs.

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Reviewed by: India Edwards


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