Friday 11th November 2016

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

The Sunsun-750

Topic of article: Crime

Headline: Nicked – Tram arrest exclusive

Authors: Neil Syson (News Reporter)

Aim of the article: The article informs readers of the arrest for suspected manslaughter of the driver of the tram that crashed resulting in seven dead.

Agenda of the article: The article is describing the driver as responsible for the tragedy of the tram crash by detailing them “doing 50 on 12mph bend” and using the verb “killing.” The article is emotive using the details of those who died and a photograph captioned “Horror…seven died on tram” and therefore emphasises the blame placed on the driver being arrested. This is also an example of how the newspaper is, though perhaps more clear-cut in this situation, already criminalising someone before a legal trial.

Bias of the article: Reading the article you would receive the distinct impression that it is as simple as arresting and, eventually, charging this individual for the manslaughter of the seven who died in the crash. There may be other considerations regarding the circumstances that lead to the tragedy that is not included in the newspaper and the red circle from CCTV footage definitely disregards any such nuances of the case. There is no verification of the claims made in the article whatsoever.

The Guardianguardian-750

Topic of article:  Politics; International Affairs

Headline: Trump prepares for power

Authors: Dan Roberts (Washington Correspondent)

Aim of the article: The article describes the meeting between United States President-elect Donald Trump and current President Obama.

Agenda of the article: Perhaps one of the more narrative-style front page articles we have seen from the newspaper, the article conveys Obama’s sense of dismay at having to welcome Trump to the White House.  Obama comes across as “sombre” but diplomatic considering the great disappointment lying ahead as Trump has made clear his intentions to reverse many of the Obama administrations key achievements such as the Affordable Care Act. The sense of the out of the ordinary also runs through the article with them highlighting that “traditional greeting” was not photographed, Obama discouraging Trump from answering press questions and only the formal “stilted” quotes taken from both Obama and Trump. Trump is described as “boasting” and “relishing the welcome” and the incredulity of the situation continues to pervade the article with him describing Obama as a “very good man” and saying he would want his “counsel”.

Bias of the article: The article is mainly descriptive with only direct quotes, which appear measured, from Obama and Trump. There are no other sources on this front page however there is full coverage within the newspaper including the protests across the U.S. regarding their new president. The word dominating Obama’s quotes focus on ensuring Trump’s transition to president is “successful” but what he means by this is left up to the readers including the concept of what an unsuccessful transition would look like.

The Daily Maildaily_mail-750

Topic of article: Politics; International Affairs

Headline: Trump: Theresa is my Maggie

Author(s): Jason Groves (Deputy Political Editor)

Aim of the article: The article describes the first phone call between United States President-elect Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Agenda of the article: Generally the article is positive about Trump, describing how he wants to revive the UK-US relationship of the 1980s potentially including a “post-Brexit trade deal” and inviting the Prime minister to meet with him soon next year. Perhaps this is telling of the type of world the newspaper hopes for with them describing the revival of something similar to the “close transatlantic bond enjoyed by Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan” in contrast the response to him in Europe balking at the election result and organising special meetings to decide on a response.

Bias of the article: There are only two sources in the article: Trump and one unnamed source, both emphasising this message of a desire for a “close personal relationship” between the US and UK. Except for describing him with the word “controversial” and perhaps the allusion to his global “charm-offensive” there is little to indicate any criticism of Trump or what his presidency may entail or what a return to 1980s global politics would be like for either country or the world. Let’s be honest, it probably won’t be as “upbeat” as Trump would make it sound.

The Times11-11-2016

Topic of article: Politics; International Affairs

Headline: Meet the Apprentice

Authors: Rhys Blakely (Washington), Sam Coates (Deputy Political Editor)

Aim of the article: The article informs readers of the meeting of Obama and President-elect Donald Trump.

Agenda of the article: The article focuses on the idea of a transparent “show of unity” performed by Trump and Obama. It does this by contrasting the “civil” proceedings at the Oval office with what both parties have said about one another in the past and what Trump intends to do once in office, for example “plot the dismantling of much of Mr Obama’s legacy.” The paper also describes their “body language” as giving their true intentions away and uses the majority of the front page to illustrate this with a photograph of both men looking exceptionally uncomfortable. The article gives space to discuss the consequences for Europe and how the UK are distancing themselves, via Boris Johnson, from the animosity of many of the European powers.

Bias of the article: Unsurprisingly, like The Guardian article there is ample criticism of Trump, painting him as an audacious man with a “private jet emblazoned with his name”, “awed by his surroundings” and implying that he may not want a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. in the Oval office. However the inclusion of quotes from “one senior government figure” and Johnson in support of a “successful transition” and acceptance of Trump  in addition to describing Trump wanting “the special relationship” to flourish gives a more measured view than The Guardian article. The remainder of the front page includes further criticisms of Trump including his “legal baggage” and “isolationist talk.”

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Reviewed by: Alice Edwards



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