Wednesday April 19th, 2017

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

The SunSun

Topic of article: Politics

Headline: Blue Murder

Author(s): Tom Newton-Dunn (Political Editor)

Analysis: Report on Theresa May’s announcement of the snap general election in Britain, scheduled for the 8th of June. The sun claims to know the results of the election already, claiming that she will kill off Labour and all MPs opposed to leaving the EU – a triumphant victory for their favourite PM. The paper likes to use emotive words such as crush, kill, smash and murder to describe what May will do to her opponents, making her seem not so much like a politician but more like a rampaging conqueror from Game of Thrones. But that honestly seems like what much of these right-wing media outlets imagine themselves and their chosen politicians to be like, perhaps picturing the famous knights of Medieval England fighting the great dragons. Yet dragons never existed and half of those ancient knights were French anyway so they wouldn’t be around anymore.

The GuardianGuardian

Topic of article: Politics

Headline: May: give me my mandate

Author(s): Anushka Asthana (Political Editor), Peter Walker (Political Correspondent)

Analysis: Report on Theresa May’s announcement of the snap general election in Britain, scheduled for the 8th of June. The Guardian goes with a headline that conjures images of May throwing a tantrum on the floor, screaming ‘give me my mandate!’ and it continues this negative analysis on the PMs motivations and methods throughout the article. The paper wastes no time in honing in on the reasons behind the snap election, throwing aside the reasons quoted by May in her speech to highlight the major one, namely the current polling results that put the Conservatives so far ahead to Labour. This is no attempt to unify Britain, but an attempt to gain a greater majority in Parliament before the significantly negative effects of Brexit hit Britain hard, and so drive the Tory vision for the future. The paper points out that May has actually gone against her promises to not have an election, made as recently as October, the beginning of what will surely be common complaint against her – that you can’t trust anything she says as she had changed her mind/actions so many times. From being a supporter of the Remain campaign to the main driver in Britain leaving the EU May has consistently shown that she will do whatever it takes to remain in power. This includes blaming everyone but herself for the divisions so evident in Britain at the moment, as she accuses opposition parties of hindering her progress towards a better Britain. There are kinder words reserved for Corbyn, as he welcomes the chance to fight an election, but true hope for his chances are scarce, as the article mentions the predicted landslide win for May and the arguments within Labour already evident. And so the election campaign begins, with May and the Tories blaming everyone else for the country’s problems and Corbyn ignoring the impact of Britain leaving the EU.

The Daily MailMail

Topic of article: Politics

Headline: Crush the Saboteurs

Author(s): Daily Mail

Analysis: Inform the readers about Theresa May’s announcement of a snap general election on the 8th of June. The Mail praises May’s move, claiming it will clean out Parliament and get rid of the moaners who want Britain to suffer. And by moaners the Mail means anyone that doesn’t agree with every aspect of May and the Conservative’s EU policies, forgetting yet again that 48% of the population voted to remain. The media has waged a war on the almost half the population that voted to remain in the EU, as if their opinions are suddenly worth nothing, or even worse amount to sabotage of British interests. And then their favourite spokesman Nigel Farage sells himself in America to talk down to Britain and EU – such great British values eh? The paper includes a large picture of May’s stare at the reader, to give her a sense of power and superiority to those moaners.

The TimesTimes

Topic of article: Politics

Headline: May heads for election landslide

Author(s): Francis Elliot (Political Editor), Sam Coates (Deputy Political Editor)

Analysis: Inform the readers about Theresa May’s announcement of a snap general election on the 8th of June. The Times opts for an overwhelmingly positive analysis of the PMs announcement and prospects of winning, barely even mentioning Labour and Corbyn. The headline predicts a massive win for the Tories and the article continues with this premonition, going on to analyse why this landslide win will be beneficial for Britain. They quote the rise of the pound, on a six-month high that has had its timescale conveniently recalibrated from the massive crash following the EU vote. They quote the possibility, given by ‘experts’, that a bigger majority for the Tories will result in a softer Brexit as she withstands the hard factions in her party. Where is the evidence that this will happen? It is much more likely that she gets a majority and is able to bypass parliament to implement policies beneficial to the Conservatives, which should be terrifying if we simply examine their recent track record on the NHS and education. But hey, if you say something enough maybe it will come true, although its more likely that people will just believe it and in the end I guess that’s all that really matter. There is no analysis of the Conservative’s reprehensible record over the past year, in favour of glossy lines about May’s polling majority. The Times parrots government announcements and makes the transition from slight questioner of Brexit to mouthpiece of the Conservatives.

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

Reviewed by: Sam Hewitt

 

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