Friday 5th May 2017

Friday 5th May 2017

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

The Sun

sun.05.04.17.jpgTopic of article: Politics

Headline: HE’S HAD HIS PHIL

Author(s): Not stated

Analysis: After 70 years of service, Prince Philip is retiring. The Sun celebrates the achievements of Prince Philip here, using a very celebratory tone, with a picture of a smiling Prince and a very witty headline along with a reference to countless “gaffes” that the Prince has made in the past, that as The Sun says, “…made us giggle”. Its an interesting take on the many public blunders that The Prince has made. Of course we don’t know which of these “gaffes” the paper thinks were funny. I for one am not laughing at some of his quite abrasive comments, such as telling a group of British student in China “If you stay here much longer, you’ll be slitty-eyed”. Even in this seemingly light-hearted front page, the political views of the Sun shine through (see what I did there?). They’re not the only paper to think some of his comments were just funny. The above quote was taken from a Telegraph article, listing 48 of Prince Philip’s greatest gaffes and funny moments. Besides this interesting point, the front page has very little text, with the paper instead choosing to numerically sum up the Prince’s career, including over five thousand speeches.

 

The Guardianguardian.05.05.17.jpg

Topic of article:  Politics

Headline: Show respect in Brexit talks, Tusk tells May

Author(s): Daniel Boffey (policy editor); Heather Stewart (political editor)

Analysis: The European Council President, Donald Tusk has called for all participants in the Brexit talks to show ‘discretion, moderation and mutual respect”. The opening sentence of the article suggested that Tusk was referring directly to Teresa May, though this was a clever manipulation of the facts by the Guardian in order to portray an anti-conservative picture. It is only after reading more of the article that a more balanced picture is presented. Tusk’s comments were directed at all parties involved in the Brexit talks, and the article points out a number of questionable actions taken by members, including May’s claims that various officials were attempting to meddle in the upcoming UK elections, and the leak in the German press of an “apparently frosty” dinner held at 10 Downing Street. The bulk of the text focuses on Tusk’s comments, with some references to “conservative strategists” (who remain unnamed) and the European commission’s chief spokesman. What is evident in this article is the growing frustrations and even fear, over Brexit negotiations. It should also be noted here that while the Guardian is the only paper not to have a headline about Prince Philip, the front page still features his picture. Instead of the smiling and happy Prince seen on the other papers, we see here a much more haggard and older looking prince, sans smile, through a car window.

Daily Maildaily_mail.05.05.17.jpg

Topic of article: Politics

Headline: The nations salutes you, sir

Author(s): Not stated

Analysis: Prince Philip retires at age 95. There’s not much to go on for today’s front page. The only additional text given by the Daily Mail is that they have “unrivalled coverage” of this news. There is however, one interesting point here. While the headline refers to the Prince as “sir”, below this we see him only referred to as “Philip”. Possibly the paper takes on a much more personal approach to the Prince’s retirement from public duties, though this is all speculation. So what does this front page tell us about the views of the Daily Mail? Simply that they are royalists. The true extent to which their coverage is “unrivalled” is subjective, and very little news is actually included on this front page.

 

The Timesthe_times.05.05.17.jpg

Topic of article: Politics

Headline: Duke retires rather than grow frail in public

Author(s): Valentine Low (Journalist)

Analysis: Prince Philip is retiring from royal duties this summer amid growing health concerns and frailty. The Times here claims to have some added information on this royal retirement, notably that the main reason why the Prince is stepping down is to prevent his “growing frailty being exposed in public”. Like the Sun, the Times lists his achievements, notably attending more than 22,000 “engagements” since 1952. It is impressive, though it remains unclear what an “engagement” is exactly. The paper turns this (possibly mundane) story into a piece of juicy gossip, giving what might seem like quite personal and hard to come by information, such as the claim that the Prince has recently been feeling tired, and his fears of being “exposed”, that the Times has either “learnt” or “understands”. It all sounds very mysterious the way this information has been presented, with no explanation of how the paper has come to these conclusions, or any references to who their sources may be. So while the Sun and the Daily Mail take much more light and celebratory stances on the long career of Prince Philip, the Times is much more sombre, painting a picture of a frail, tired, and old man who has made a very tough decision.

 

Front page images from: Kiokso ( http://en.kiosko.net/uk/)

Reviewed by: Anjali Menezes

 

 

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