Papers Reviewed: The Sun, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Times
Topic of article: Health
Author(s): Dan Sales (News Reporter)
Analysis: The “holy Grail of Sausages”, a brand called Porky Lights, have been shown to be “as fatty as normal sausages.” The main issue here is the fact that Slimming World promoted these sausages to its members and hence, we suppose, this is where the paper gets the “900,000 slimmers” who could have unknowingly consumed this sausages believing they were healthier, leading to a “nationwide shortage.” The issue is particularly pertinent to those who use the Slimming World programme of limiting “syns” to 15 a day – as the sausages were previously 0.5 syns and now are 4.5 syns, the paper seems to think they should be feeling betrayed by the company rather than Slimming World over this one. What is actually amazing is that a number of papers have covered the Porky Lights controversy today – including The Sun also reporting that Porky Lights claim to have been “sabotaged” by a rival company and other brands using it as promotion for their diet sausages.
Topic of article: Politics
Headline: PM defiant on Brexit despite Lords setback
Author(s): Anushka Asthana (Joint Political Editor); Lisa O’Carroll (Brexit Correspondent)
Analysis: The article describes the House of Lords vote to amend the Brexit bill, thereby sending it back to the House of Commons, regarding securing the rights of EU citizens currently living in the UK. Overall this article presents this action by the Lords as “cross-party” and well-supported against an “isolated” Theresa May with her backbench Tories under “intense pressure” to also support the amendment. The article is sympathetic to the protection of “EU citizens and their families” and this is reflected in the quotes from those who agree with this including Lady Hayter and Kier Starmer. The government’s response of wanting a “simple bill” to pass through and this issue to be dealt with after Article 50 has been triggered is the alternative opinion in the article with elements of it receiving “short shrift from peers.”
Topic of article: Crime
Headline: Policing in meltdown
Author(s): Ian Drury (Home Affairs Correspondent); Rebecca Camber (News Reporter)
Analysis: The article describes the contents of a report from the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary which is “raising a red flag” about the state of policing in Britain. The Mail’s consistent theme of the police being corrupt, inadequate and not being present “on the beat” has been – it appears – confirmed in this official report from the “official watchdog” and its lead Zoe Billingham, who is quoted. It is assumed therefore that all the statistics quoted are from the report and the paper uses them to illustrate that the police are “failing the public” and are in a “national crisis.” The specific points of criticism the paper focusses upon are failure to investigate calls, domestic abuse cases “written off”, hundreds of suspects for rape, manslaughter or murder on “wanted database” and that “only 19% of the public had seen a beat bobby in the past month.” The statistics aren’t put into context and the categories aren’t explained in detail but overall the article instills fear and concern in the readers as they feel that they could be at risk in the “potentially perilous state of British policing.” Moreover there is no suggestion of any positives regarding the police, the reasons for why policing numbers may have been cut or potential solutions to any of these issues.
Topic of article: Economics; International; Politics
Headline: Markets hit new highs in boost for growth
Author(s): Marcus Leroux (Trade Correspondent)
Analysis: The article covers the economic markets’ positive response to Trump’s first speech to congress. The article uses multiple of sources from the financial world and the phrase “robust economic data” to describe that Trump’s surprisingly “middle-of-the-road” “conciliatory” speech has led to both the FTSE 100 and Dow Jones, in the UK and US respectively, being at renewed highs but that this was a “fragile boom.” The paper also quotes directly from Trumps speech where he condemned “hate and evil” and described increased infrastructure spending to “restart the engine of the American economy.” Moreover the article offers some critical view of this development indicating both that the FTSE-100 benefitted from the sterling falling through foreign earnings increasing and that the U.S. economy was improving under the Obama administration anyway. The article refers to financial information and data including quoting the numbers of the indexes, these are hard to interpret out of context and therefore the paper can get away with using them for their own argument without detailed explanation.
Front page images from: BBC The Papers (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs/the_papers) , The Guardian at the Guardian website or Pressreader (http://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-guardian) and Kiokso ( http://en.kiosko.net/uk/)
Reviewed by: Alice Edwards