Papers Reviewed: The Sun, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Times
Topic of article: Crime
Headline: Did he kill 1st wife too?
Author(s): Jake Ryan (News reporter)
Analysis: The story follows the new investigation into the “unexpected” death of “cesspit murderer” Ian Stewart’s wife in 2010. The article describes the sentencing of Stewart that is occurring today regarding the murder of his fiancée Helen Bailey including emotive details such as her being a “millionaires” children’s author and that he “dumped” the body in a “tank of filth.” This, overall, communicates an extremely negative image of this individual, suggesting it is very possible that he was responsible for the earlier death of his wife. This is supported by the only quote in the article, from a “cop.” Further details regarding the death of his wife aren’t included other than it was “unexpected” and the unrelenting interest of mainstream media in horrific cases such as this is unlikely to be helpful to the current victim’s family or the criminal proceedings.
Topic of article: Crime
Headline: Cressida Dick first woman to run Met police
Author(s): Vikram Dodd (Police and Crime Correspondent)
Analysis: The article reports the “remarkable career comeback” of Cressida Dick who is to be the commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police. The appointment of Dick is depicted as well-justified but potentially controversial in the article. The justification comes in the form of backing from Amber Rudd and Sadiq Khan for her reforming the Met and being “regarded within policing as being one of the best of her generation.” However there are numerous sources of possible criticism presented including that Dick is currently not a member of the police force and that she is the first commissioner to have not previously led a police force, considering the context of budgetary cuts and public pressure. Furthermore the article raises that Dick was in charge of the operation that lead to the wrongful death of Jean Charles d Menezes in 2003, and therefore quote the family criticising the appointment. There are various sources in the article supporting both sides but overall gives the sense that only time will tell whether Dick is up to the significant task of reforming the countries’ largest force.
Topic of article: International; Defence
Headline: Secret RAF drone strikes take out British jihadists
Author(s): Larisa Brown (Defence Correspondent)
Analysis: The article describes that RAF pilots are controlling drones from a base in Lincolnshire that are being used to kill “British jihadists” without the knowledge of “Parliament” or “Public. Considering the generally anti-Jihadist stance the newspaper usually takes, this article is quite interesting. The focus is on the idea of this being “secret” and that politicians and the public need to be informed when “British fanatics” are being targeted and killed. They use the example of the “furore” at Cameron in 2015 when he disclosed military intervention in Syria hadn’t been run past MPs to illustrate that the public should similarly by outraged. Moreover the Ministry of Defence, who we suppose carried out these actions, are seen as trying to excuse themselves in the article, as is an unnamed “senior defence source.” Moreover, the emphasis of the idea of homogenous extremist “terrorists” and people “plotting against the UK” is throughout the article with no discussion of differentiation between groups, other methods other than “kill them” that could be used or what they mean by “British Jihadist.”
Topic of article: Environment
Headline: £450m lost over failed green power programme
Author(s): Ben Webster (Environment Editor)
Analysis: The article reports a study to the Chatham House think tank regarding wood pellet biomass which presents it as not carbon neutral and therefore unjustly receiving subsidies that wind and solar receive. The report the article is based upon is validated by the paper through them highlighting that the author, Duncan Brack, worked for Chris Huhne while he was energy and climate change secretary. Moreover the article undermines this form of energy – and by association others like it – by highlighting the financial incentives both Drax and Chris Huhne, via a revolving door appointment, receive from using them. Overall Brack’s argument dominates the article and though this all may be true in the case of whole tree wood pellets, this is used by the paper as a case study to illustrate both the negatives of EU renewable energy targets and greener forms of energy. There is little in support of wood pellet biomass, but more importantly there are no arguments supporting greener energies in general or the utility of the EU renewable energy targets.
Reviewed by: Alice Edwards