Tuesday 9th May 2017

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

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Topic of article: Politics

Headline: Why I tried to kill trump

Author(s): Chris Pollard

Analysis: The Sun informs its readers about a British man who attempted to murder President Trump at a political rally. Although Donald Trump is incredibly polarising and divisive, the world was shocked to see a murder attempt on him. Moreover, there was this considerable curiosity as to what the motive was. The author tells us that it was a mental health disorder, more specifically a psychotic episode, which led to the attempted murder of Trump by Michael Sandford. It is pleasing to hear that The Sun is reporting that he is now back home with his family after being released from jail. The Sun appears to be sympathetic to this British man but it is difficult not to question whether they would have been as kind if the man was not a Caucasian British male. Would he have been branded a terrorist if he was Muslim? It would not surprise me if instead of the pictures chosen of Michael Sandford which depicts him as a smiley happy man, that probably strange negatively looking pictures were plastered on the front page if the man was not caucasian. This is fairly hypocritical of The Sun as it never explores whether there are underlying mental health issues with terrorists as it kindly has for this British man.

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Topic of article:  Politics

Headline: Corbyn pins election hopes on housing reform pledges

Author(s): Rowena Mason; Anushka Asthana

Analysis: The Guardian informs its readers about housing reforms being a high priority for Labour and its leader Jeremy Corbyn.  This is a time where the political parties are gearing up towards creating their party manifesto  and outlining their key pledges to help win voters. It appears that Labour has decided housing reform tops that list. House prices and rent have been soaring making housing unaffordable for many and it is possible that this pledge will attract many voters but will it be enough to attract voters who are unconvinced of Corbyn’s leadership? It is interesting to note that the authors, in their first sentence, have chosen to include that Corbyn was “not downhearted after difficult local election results..” despite the article being about housing reforms. Perhaps it is this sort of tone in the media, that is more often than not, targeted at Corbyn to undermine his leadership.

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Topic of article: Politics

Headline: £100 off your energy bill

Author(s): Jason Groves (Political editor)

Analysis: The Daily Mail is informing its readers about Theresa May’s pledge to cap energy prices. The overall tone, in contrast to The Times covering the same story, is positive and supportive towards Theresa May. The Daily Mail has been a long-standing supporter of the Conservative party and it comes to no surprise that it publishes a story which is uncritical of this pledge. The attention grabbing headlines which explicitly mentions a sum of £100 will be saved is rather misleading, as in order to cap prices, those who find the cheapest deals will probably have to pay more and will not gain a “£100”. It is bemusing and almost arrogant to see a newspaper choosing to be so openly in favour of Theresa May and her party and not in favour of true journalism or even appearing to be in favour of it.

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Topic of article: Poltics

Headline: May faces backlash over energy price cap

Author(s): Francis Elliott (Political Editor); Emily Gosden (Energy Editor)

Analysis: The Times is informing its readers of the promise made by the Conservative party to cap energy prices for 17 million households. Two thirds of the population are on expensive tariffs and Theresa May wants to cap energy prices. The general tone of the article appears critical of the proposed promise with the majority of the article mentioning and sourcing those who oppose this move such as energy companies, senior tory officials and city analysts. The author also mentions how this policy appears identical to the one suggested by Ed Milliband, the former Labour leader, in 2013 and this would not be a first for the Tories, highjacking Ed Milliband’s previous policy suggestions. Again, as we are getting right in middle of the election campaign, it appears that the Conservatives have chosen to pursue this strategy to win voters and it is fairly surprising to hear anything other than Brexit and a “strong and stable leadership” rhetoric.

Front page images from: http://en.kiosko.net/uk/; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs/the_papers

Reviewed by: Bruno Gnaneswaran



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