Friday 3rd February 2017
Papers Reviewed: The Sun, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Times
Topic of article: Showbiz
Headline: KYLIE BINS CHEATING FIANCE
Author(s): Dan Wooton (Associate Editor)
Analysis: Kylie Minogue and Finace Joshua Sasse have split over allegations that he has cheated on her. There truly is not much to say about this article in comparison to other headline news (see below). Nor are we able to glean any further information from this front page. The authors allege that the superstar is “devastated” and has kicked him out of their London apartment. Let’s stick to the facts: the couple have apparently split. He may or may not have cheated. As with any break-up, I am sure there are strong feelings on both sides. In other “Sun” news, they have a new logo designed by David Hockney, but only for one day.
Topic of article: International politics, Defence
Headline: Nato must counter Russia’s ‘weaponising’ of lies- Fallon
Author(s): Ewan MacAskill and Rajeev Syal
Analysis: The defence secretary is calling for action against Russia’s hacking and “weaponising misinformation”. Russia has hacked many Nato member states and is “testing Nato and the West”. These are some of the hardest-hitting comments against Russia that Fallon has made. No explanation of how or what such “counter attacks” should be are offered on the front page. Fallon additionally calls out the popular news programme Russia Today for helping to spread misinformation. The authors also make an effort to represent both sides of the story here. While there are many instances of Russian cyber-attacks mentioned, they go on to include the fact that both America and Britain “hack targets in Russia on a regular basis”. Nonetheless, Fallon has made a very bold call to action. The term “misinformation” is used multiple times throughout the article and seemingly refers to many different topics including propaganda.
Topic of article: Health, economics, weather, consumer affairs
Headline: VEG RATIONING AT SUPERMARKETS
Author(s): Sean Poulter
Analysis: Supermarkets across the UK are limiting the amount of certain vegetables that consumers can buy (broccoli and iceberg lettuce get a special mention) due to extreme weather conditions in southern Europe. This “veg shortage” is projected to lead to high prices for this important food group. While at first the headline might seem light, the implications for lower income families, and those who try and keep to weekly food budgets (such as students), may feel the financial strains of this. The veggies affected include broccoli, iceberg lettuce, aubergines and courgettes. Contrary to what the headline may imply, the food shortages extends to fruit too (notably tomatoes, lemons, and oranges). Tesco has an interesting solution of limiting the bulk purchases of iceberg lettuces, which, until reading this article I was completely unaware that this was a common item to buy in such quantities! On a more serious note, I’m sure this has got us all thinking of where exactly all the food we eat comes from. The shortages seem to be a result of extreme weather conditions affecting southern Europe, notable Spain, and the results on UK groceries are projected to last until April.
Topic of article: Transportation, workers rights, internal affairs.
Headline: End in sight for rail strike as union claims victory
Author(s): Graeme Paton
Analysis: The Southern Rail Strikes, which have reportedly affected more than 300, 000 commuters, have come to end. Train drivers have called off strikes following an agreement made with Aslef (the drivers’ union) that two staff members will man every train. This two man policy is compared to newer train systems that only use one operator. It is implied that the union have opposed this position due to safety concerns, though the true reason for their resistance is never stated. There a few points to consider here: first is that I know next to nothing about driving a train; second, that while the author suggests that this second staff member is unnecessary….I know next to nothing about driving a train. This article makes some very bold claims about the affects of these train strikes on consumers from the more understandable missed doctors and hospital appointments, to commuters losing their jobs, and, being forced to move house. Rail strikes began in December 2016. Additionally, the rail line has been troubled with many other issues which remain unresolved that have affected its services including staff shortages, engineering faults, and on going strikes from the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT).
Front page images from: Kiokso ( http://en.kiosko.net/uk/)
Reviewed by: Anjali Menezes