Wednesday 25th January, 2017

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

The Sunsun

Topic of article: Celebrity

Headline: TV star in sex & crack blackmail

Author(s): Jonathan Reilly (Reporter)

Analysis: Report on a celebrity being blackmailed. Focuses on celebrity lives instead of news because this is easier to think about and sells better. Evocative words like sex and crack generate interest on quick glance and invite readers to find out more.

The Guardianguardian

Topic of article: Politics, Economics

Headline: Rebel Tories demand say on Brexit as PM loses court fight

Author(s): Anushka Asthana (Joint Political Editor), Owen Bowcott (Legal Affairs Correspondent), Jessica Elgot (Political Reporter)

Analysis: Report on the High Court ruling regarding the governments ability to evoke article 50 without consulting parliament first, as well as analyse the impact this ruling will have on Brexit proceedings. The headline immediately sets the tone for the article, and it uses particularly negative language. Words such as ‘loses’, ‘demand’ and ‘rebel’ direct the reader to develop a more pessimistic view about the news, placing the PM in a position of inferiority to the rebelling others. The article goes on to focus on the parliamentary opposition to Brexit, mentioning repeatedly the attempts from within the conservative party to stall or offer opposition to the proposed smooth transit of article 50. The only ministers quoted, other than a warning from the Brexit minister, are those that seek greater clarification from the government, making the reader consider only this side of the issue.

The Daily Mailmail

Topic of article: Politics, European Union

Headline: MP’s new plot to thwart Brexit

Author(s): Jason Groves (Reporter) and James Slack (Political Editor)

Analysis: Discuss the High court ruling regarding Article 50 and offer support for the Government’s stance. The headline for this article is much more positive for the government than the sort found elsewhere in the news. Using words like ‘plot’ and ‘thwart’ the Mail paints the MPs as evil schemers who are attempting to go against the will of the people. The article offers little explanation or analysis of the constitutional precedent in the ruling, the reasons behind a white-paper being released or the specific issues these ‘pre-eu MPs’, but rather focuses on making them seem like a devious and small group who are personally attacking May. Additionally there is a large picture beside the main story, with a businesswoman who was involved in bringing the case against the government, questioning her legitimacy as a lawyer. Resorting to personal attacks is an easy way to generate negative opinion towards someone the paper does not like.

The Timestimes

Topic of article: Politics, European Union

Headline: Judges make history in Brexit blow to ministers

Author(s): Oliver Wright (Policy Editor)

Analysis: Report on the High Court ruling regarding Article 50 and on the response of ministers within the conservative party to the ruling. The headline of the Times includes numerous negative words, similar to the Guardian, and the front page contains a picture of a man waving the European flag, giving the paper a very pro-EU sense on first glance. The article mentions that the ruling is constitutionally significant, perhaps referring to the ability of the current government to ignore the relevant regulations of the country in their pursuit of passing the Brexit bill. Quotes from both side of the discussion are included, and an on-going dispute between two sides with legitimate causes seems to be laid out, preparing the reader for more articles like this in the future perhaps.

Front page images from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs/the_papers

Reviewed by: Sam Hewitt

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