Friday 13th January 2016

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

The Sun_93548820_thesun

Topic of article: International Politics

Headline: Urine trouble

Author(s): Nick Parker (Senior Reporter); James Beal (U.S. Correspondent)

Analysis: In a slightly convoluted tale, Sir Tim Barrow, who is Brexit ambassador and previously held the role of British ambassador in Moscow, is implicated by association with the recent allegations surrounding Trump. This is a pretty odd headline and refers to the fact that Christopher Steele, ex-M16  officer, allowed “Russian bookers” to urinate in front of him, presumably when he was working as a spy. The article makes no effort to put any of this into context or explain roles or responsibilities, but simply just drags both Barrow and Steele into being guilty by association.  There are no sources within the article at all and it refers to “suspicions spreading…worldwide” as if this is justification for perpetuating the media’s case against them.


The Guardianguardian-750

Topic of article:  Crime; Sport

Headline: Hillsborough: CPS sent files on 23 suspects

Author(s):  David Conn (Sports Writer)

Analysis: Police investigation Resolve, into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, has now brought 23 cases to the Criminal Prosecution Service and Independent Police Complaints Commission. This article follows on from the lack of any disciplinary proceedings or prosecutions regarding the deaths of 96 supporters at the football match in 1989, and the “verdict of accidental death in March 1991.”  This article is generally supportive of the bereaved families and organisation Hillsborough Family Support Group and suggests that the beginning of prosecutions and taking of responsibility in April 2016 and the subsequent developments described in this article are improvements in seeking justice for the tragedy.  Those quoted include president of the Support Group and the sources otherwise are regarding the police investigations and previous court proceedings.

The Daily Maildaily_mail-750

Topic of article: International Politics

Headline: Kremlin blames Britain for Trump sex storm

Author(s): Larisa Brown (Defence Correspondent)

Analysis: Russia-UK relations in trouble after Russian embassy tweet claiming ex-M16 agent Christopher Steel continued spying and was responsible for the Trump dossier that made international news yesterday. The article appears overall sympathetic to Steel, describing how the “alarming” tweets has meant that he had to ask his neighbours to look after his cats before he went into hiding at a “M16 safehouse.” The impending situation of president-elect Trump’s relationship with Moscow and continually evolving controversy surrounding Trump is made to feel even more concerning in this article, particularly as it has now embroiled Britain too. This article is mostly based upon the tweets from the Russian embassy reflecting Twitter being increasingly used as a news source, especially in relation to the Trump presidency, as the president-elect regularly uses Twitter to voice his opinions.


The Times_93548966_thetimes

Topic of article: International Politics

Headline: European judges will rule Britain for years

Author(s):  Bruno Waterfield (Valletta); Francis Elliott (Political Editor)

Analysis: Britain is likely to have to compromise not achieving judicial sovereignty for the next decade or so in order to facilitate a successful Brexit transition. The article emphasises that the European Courts of Justice (ECJ) dominion over UK law is unwanted describing it “dishing out judgements” and that Theresa May “promised” that the UK wouldn’t remain under their jurisdiction. The term used to describe Brexit is “divorce” in the article, echoing the rhetoric of an unhappy union or marriage used during the referendum campaigns, which may be odd considering that The Times supported the Remain campaign. Despite the ECJ being one of the key elements that Brexit was supposed to free the UK from, the article describes that the EU president has said this is unlikely to happen until many years in the future. Generally the only two sources used are Muscat, EU president and Maltese PM, and May who appear to carry opposing opinions.

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Reviewed by: Alice Edwards



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