Thursday 3rd November 2016

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

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Topic of article: Entertainment

Headline: Princess Pushy

Authors: James Beal, Emily Andrews, Hugo Daniel

Aim of the article: The article portrays a wholly negative and sexist character profile of Prince Harry’s alleged New Girlfriend, Meghan Markle.

Agenda of the article: This article displays a trivial character assassination of Meghan Markle. What warrants a headline article which merely spurns out countless of accusations of you being a ‘diva’ and a ‘shallow social climber’? Simply a rumour that you are the  girlfriend of Prince Harry. Interestingly, The Sun runs this article based on her sister’s statements regarding Meghan. Is this enough evidence to warrant a disparaging article on a person? Well The Sun apparently thinks so, and writes such an article with little reflection of how sexist their depiction of Meghan is. The accusations of her being a ‘diva’, ‘social climber’ and ‘shallow’ seems trivial at best; yet The Sun understands these accusations as worthy enough as a headline article. Being labelled a “mean woman” is apparently as headline worthy and shameful as being a criminal. Yet, she has committed no crime, and has not been accused of impacting another’s life in a real way that may warrant such a mean article. Her only crime is existing as a woman who may have dated Prince Harry. And the way that she is attacked, is based on spurning out cliqued insults of what a ‘shady woman’ is.

Bias of the article: The Sun has a duty to aim to report news in a balanced way. Is this article reporting on actual news? No. As stated above, Meghan is being blasted on the front of the Sun, simply for being connected to Prince Harry. The accusations made by her sister are nothing substantial enough to warrant an article, and may in fact be a result of conflict between the two sisters, rather than factual. However, the article seems to forget this (and doesn’t even mention this possibility) nor defending statements about Meghan in it’s haste for a juicy (and non-worthy) news story. Lastly, it’s quite obvious when you read this article that The Sun is still portraying the notion that woman must be upheld to a standard of being conflict-free, nice human beings.  I doubt that an article regarding a man being accused of “diva” behaviour or being a “social climber” would be taken seriously, let alone be the headline article. 

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Topic of article: Domestic Affairs

Headline: Prisons given staff boost to tackle violence

Authors: Alan Travis

Aim of the article: The article reports on the governments proposal to invest more into prisons in order to tackle rising drug abuse and violent incidents

Agenda of the article: The article reports on the proposed plans to hire more prison staff, which is part of the White Reform Papers. The article demonstrates the necessity of prison investment and funding, linking many problems in the prison system, particularly increase in inmate suicide as a consequence of a lack of prison funding. The Guardian shows that though Conservative officials officially deny the link between problems within the prison system and funding, this proposed policy demonstrates their is a requirement for greater funding of the prison system.

Bias of the article: The article goes out of its way to provide supporting statements for the proposals of greater prison funding, in addition to official Conservative Government’s ideological standpoint regarding prison systems. Although this article does have a political agenda; ie: promoting the requirement of greater prison staffing, it ensures that it supports evidence of growing problems within the prison system. 

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Topic of article: Sport

Headline: Poppy War!

Author(s): Christian Gysin, Jason Groves

Aim of the article: The article depicts The FA’s announcement that they will defy FIFA’s decision to ban poppy’s from football as a heroic venture 

Agenda of the article: Well it’s clear that the DailyMail is outraged at the notion that poppies have been banned from Football events and making no effort to hide it. The article supplies supporting statements from Theresa May, who also unsurprisingly, views the poppy ban as ‘ridiculous’. The article goes on to point to FIFA’s accusations of corruption (although that doesn’t really have much to do with the subject) in order to further discredit FIFA’s decision.

Bias of the article: Well the article only supplies supporting statements which agree that the poppy ban is unjustified. Additionally, it fails to delve into two sides of the debate surrounding whether poppies are significant signs of political expression; banned by FIFA. The article promotes the FA’s response that poppies aren’t political but fails to mention the possibility of England and Scottish players who may be against wearing poppies being pressured into wearing them for fear that it may cause backlash. Or other wars which are not permitted to be commemorated within football. Additionally, the debate of whether political expression should be banned on the pitch is given little exploration within this article. Its clear that the DailyMail presents this issue as a clear ‘England and Scotland against FIFA’, but the issue is more complex than the image of unfair persecution that the story presents. 

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Topic of article: Domestic Affairs

Headline: Green gets final demand in BHS pension scandal

Authors: Deirdre Hipwell, Robert Miller, Francis Elliot

Aim of the article: The Pensions Regulator is portrayed as fed up and persuing more assertive action against Phillip Green in the BHS pension Scandal

Agenda of the article: It’s clear that there is a notion of justice being pursued against the interests of Phillip Green, one of the most prominent people involved in the loss of BHS pensions. The article details how the Pension Regulator has began formal enforcement action due to the insufficient offer made by Green to compensate for those who were left with cuts in their pensions. The article clearly provides an image of a fed up Pension Regulator, and Phillip Green as apathetic to the problems of millions being hit by the loss of the BHS company. 

Bias of the article: The article has consulted expertise in what exactly a demand letter means and its possible outcomes, to provide a clear and accessible understanding of what this news story means. This is particularly useful as the whole story includes a lot of jargon which is hard to understand, and thus makes way for readers to come out with a more informed and balanced opinion of the topic. 

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Reviewed by: Albana Aruqaj



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