Tuesday 31st January 2017

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

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Topic of article: Finance

Headline: Bonk robbers

Author(s): Andy Crick

Analysis: The Sun is informing its readers about a banker who faces jail time for scamming clients and using that money on “sex parties and luxury holidays”. The Sun’s great investigative journalism is at display here. It uses the picture of a porn star on its front page to attract its male customers but the image has no true significance to the story. The Sun appears to concentrate on what the banker used his fraudulent money on rather than how and why this fraudulent act occurred. It is difficult to completely understand why The Sun incessantly chooses these kind of stories on its front pages and uses suggestive pictures of women. The newspaper doesn’t appear to hide away from its misogyny.

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Topic of article:  Politics

Headline: May defiant over Trump visit

Author(s): Anushka Asthana, Rowena Mason

Analysis: The Guardian informs its reader about Theresa May’s reluctance to withdraw her invitation to Donald Trump for  a state visit. There appears to be growing criticism towards May and her reluctance to condemn Trump over his decision to ban nationals from seven different countries. The article appears balanced as it comments on the protestors, the petition signed by over a million people and Jeremy Corbyn’s letter to May urging her to cancel Trump’s state visit but also explores Boris Johnson’s defence of Trump and how some Conservative back benchers have said that “the Atlantic alliance was critical to security in the UK.”. The British government are in a difficult position at the moment – attempting to balance public opinion in the U.K. whilst maintaining a good relationship with the U.S. president.

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Topic of article: Politics

Headline: We need to look after our own elderly

Author(s): Daniel Martin (Chief Political Correspondent)

Analysis: The Daily Mail is informing its readers about the suggestion of a health minister for families to look after elderly parents instead on a relying on the state. The author states that there is a social care crisis and that “funding is so short” for the state to support the elderly and their quality of life. However, he fails to explore other options on how the elderly can be supported by the state, such as increasing funding in social care. The suggestion is slightly provocative as it insinuates that adults do not want to look after their elderly parents and also perhaps fuels the insecurity of the elderly which can lead to family conflict. There are no quotes from family members on how they feel about this suggestion.

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Topic of article: Politics

Headline: Trump visit will hurt the Queen, May is told

Author(s): Francis Elliott (Political editor); Sam Coates (Deputy Political Editor)

Analysis: The article informs its reader that Theresa May has put the Queen in a difficult position because of this ‘premature’ invitation according to Lord Ricketts, the former secretary at the Foreign Office. The Times has received a letter from Lord Ricketts and has urged Mrs May to protect the Queen from controversy. The article also mentions that Downing Street attempted to shift the blame of inviting Trump to the Foreign Office committee despite having No. 10 representatives in the committee. The emphasis of this article on the invitation being damaging to the Queen personally rather than the discrimination towards nationals banned from the U.S.   is noteworthy. It is possible that Mrs May may change her stance in order to not embarrass the Queen rather than listening to the values of the British people and the widespread condemnation by the international community.

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

Reviewed by: Bruno Gnaneswaran

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