Tuesday 8th November 2016

The Sun Screen Shot 2016-11-08 at 20.57.05.png

Topic of article: Crime

Author: Tom Wells

Heading: I’m a cell effigy, get me out of here

Aim of article: The article informs the reader about two prisoners who escaped prison

Agenda of article: The authors describe the manner in which the prisoners escaped prison by using a dummy to hide their escape. They also state the names of the prisoners and their crime for being in prison.

Bias of article: The very short article does not appear to be one sided but perhaps that’s because of the limited information displayed on the front page. The author does not state its source of information and police information is not elicited either.

The Guardian Screen Shot 2016-11-08 at 20.04.23.png

Topic of article: Foreign affairs, politics

Author: Dan Roberts; Ben Jacobs; Sabrina Siddiqui

Heading: Presidential rivals in final push as polls give Clinton the edge

Aim of article: The article is informing the reader on the presidential election in the USA on the penultimate voting day.

Agenda of article: The authors are outlining that Hilary Clinton has the edge over her rival Republican Donald Trump. A combination of poll results and record turnout amongst Latino voters have given Hilary a confidence boost. Conversely, it appears that Trump may have the support of white working class Americans. Lastly, the article also mentions the record number of police deployed in New York City in apprehension of the election.

Bias of article: The article presents why Clinton has the edge but also outlines the support that Trump has thereby not ruling him out of the race. The significance of the image of Trump holding a Trump mask is unclear, it could potentially be to ridicule him.

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Topic of article: Health

Author: Sophie Borland

Heading: 6p Breast cancer pill GPs deny to thousands

Aim of article: The article is informing its readers how not all GPs are prescribing a medication that aims to prevent breast cancer in high risk groups

Agenda of article: The authors cite a study which shows not all GPs are aware of Tamoxifen, the drug that can help prevent breast cancer. There is an emphasis on the cost (6p) of this medication implying that GPs are worried about spending too much money on patients but this is not backed up at all. Although, if this is true, then perhaps more should be done to educate GPs in this domain and not solely blame GPs for this problem.

Bias of article: The article appears one sided, there is no attempt to adequately explain why GPs are unaware of the potential of this medication and no attempt to interview a GP about this situation. The authors have sourced this information from a study but it is unclear whether this study is reliable and if its findings can be trusted. Once again, there is no attempt to have a balanced representation or argument from the Daily Mail.

The Timesscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-20-42-39

Topic of article: Foreign affairs, politics

Author: Rhys Blakely

Heading: Surge in early voters gives Clinton edge over Trump

Aim of article: The article is informing the reader on the presidential election in the USA on the penultimate voting day.

Agenda of article: Similarly to The Guardian, the article explains why Hilary Clinton appears to currently have the edge over Donald Trump citing polls and record numbers of Hispanics turning out to vote. Interestingly, the authors are likening the penultimate day of the presidential election to the penultimate day of the EU referendum where although polls and surges in stock markets pointed for a vote remain, a Brexit result occurred.

Bias of article: Although the article states that Clinton has the edge, it is more ambiguous than The Guardian about who will win by drawing comparisons to the EU referendum and also mentioning that George W Bush narrowly won the key state of Florida which could also happen for Trump and consequently win the election.

Front page images from: http://en.kiosko.net/uk/

Reviewed by: Bruno Gnaneswaran

 

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