Papers Reviewed: The Sun, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Times
Topic of article: Showbiz
Headline: Have a go hero Hardy
Author(s): Nick Parker
Analysis: The Sun informs its readers about a recent event occurring in London where actor Tom Hardy catches a thief. The author appears in awe of the actor by reporting this on the front page and by the language used: “hero Hardy”, “tough guy Tom”. Although a movie star acting like a ‘hero’ in real life instead of on a hollywood screen can be quite appealing, it is still perplexing why The Sun continues to report on this on its front page. Should it show more respect and appreciation towards its readers or is this what they want?
Topic of article: Politics
Headline: Remain group seeks to oust pro-Brexit MPs
Author(s): Anushka Asthana, Rowena Mason, Jessica Elgot
Analysis: The article informs its reader about the tactic employed by Open Britain to target seats in the general election where the majority voted to stay in the EU. The article begins by explain the 20 seats that are being targeted by the group Open Britain and how its half a million supporters will try and limit “the number of proponents of “hard Brexit”” in parliament. This intervention follows what Tony Blair, the former Labour Prime Minister, wrote in The Guardian about how a conventional campaign is not enough when the issue of Brexit is so dominant. Although there is not much mentioned from those that voted Brexit or MPs who backed Brexit, Ian Duncan Smith is quoted as saying that there was no point in refighting the referendum and the people who are “seem to be on the side of chaos”.
The Daily Mail
Topic of article: Health
Headline: GPs failing thousands of cancer patients
Author(s): Sophie Borland (Health Editor)
Analysis: The Daily Mail informs its readers about cancers being diagnosed in casualty and missed by GPs. The author uses a recent study which shows many patients had visited the GP prior to their cancer being diagnosed in casualty. The tone of the article is one of fear as the author implies from the research that even if you do visit your GP for symptoms of an underlying cancer, they may not pick it up. The author points the blame at GPs but does not explore whether the problem could arise from elsewhere. Furthermore, there is no suggestion why GPs could be missing the diagnosis, could they be overworked and could it be difficult to ascertain a confident diagnosis in the space of a 10 minute appointment? Although it is alarming and concerning that cancer diagnoses are being missed in the community, instead of the Daily Mail trying to assess the situation in a fair manner, it points the blame to GPs.
Topic of article: Politics
Headline: Brussels to hit Britain with €2bn fraud claim
Author(s): Sean O’Neill (Chief Reporter)
Analysis: The Times is informing its readers about Britain’s failure to tackle customs fraud from its ports. Brexit and its negotiations have been all over the news and this news report may further alienate the British public from the EU as the EU is demanding €2 billion. The reason why this has affected Britain is because it is cheaper for gangs to import good through its ports than it is through EU ports, these goods are then immediately re-exported to the EU. Britain is described as the “soft under belly of Europe” as quoted from The Times’ source.
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Reviewed by: Bruno Gnaneswaran