Tuesday 24th January 2017

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

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Topic of article: Royal family; Showbiz

Headline: Do we BAFTA have Kate?

Author(s): Dan Wooton (Associate Editor)

Analysis: The Sun is informing its readers about the fear that the organisers of the BAFTA awards have if Kate Middleton attends. The author has used two different Bafta sources to claim that they are scared that Kate will “outshine A-list actresses”. It seems that the conflict of interest that Prince William, the president of the Baftas, has, is front-page news worthy for The Sun. We can only applaud the consistent creative effort of The Sun for their headlines: “Do we Bafta have Kate?”

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Topic of article:  Politics

Headline: Fallon defends keeping MPs in dark over Trident misfire

Author(s): Rowena Mason and Ewan Macaskill

Analysis: The author is informing the reader about the recent revelation of the Trident misfiring a missile and Michael Fallon’s response in the House of Commons. Despite Theresa May’s numerous attempts to decline to comment in an interview on the BBC with regards to the Trident misfire, No. 10 acknowledged that May was aware of the situation. Nevertheless, Fallon is still refusing to confirm that a malfunctioning missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead was forced to self destruct. Understandably, the Commons is requesting answers from the Defence Secretary as this information was not available to them before they voted in favour of renewing and renovating Trident. Perhaps, in retrospect, the Commons might have voted differently. This news story raises the question whether MPs should be kept in the loop with regards to military defence information, however this could undermine the secrecy (if needed) of such operations.

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Topic of article: Health; diet

Headline: Now baby food and biscuits linked to cancer

Author(s): Sean Poulter (Consumer Affairs Editor)

Analysis: The Daily Mail is informing its readers about a Food Standards Agency alert of cancer risk on 25 big brands including Kettle chips and Hovis Bread. This news follows the cancer risk posed by burnt toast and roasted potatoes. The author goes on to explain that it is the chemical acrylamide which is linked to cancer but that it was related to “lifetime consumption and not occasional”. From the title it appears as if the Daily Mail is frustrated that there is more food linked to cancer.

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Topic of article: Politics

Headline: US urged Britain to keep Trident blunder secret

Author(s): Sam coats (Deputy political editor), Francis Elliott (Political editor)

Analysis: The Times is informing its reader about the U.S. government’s role in keeping the ‘botched’ nuclear missile test a secret.  The Times is claiming that U.S. officials told Cameron’s government to keep this misfiring of the missile quiet. The author has not verified his source but speculates that the reason for this is because the U.S. uses the same missiles and it did not want the public to know that the same missile type misfired as it will then appear that America’s nuclear deterrent is at risk. It will be interesting to see if Trump reacts to this news story.

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

Reviewed by: Bruno Gnaneswaran

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