Papers Reviewed: The Sun, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Times
Topic of article: Entertainment
Headline: I walked plank over Jolly Roger with Orlando
Author(s): Rachel Dale (News Reporter)
Analysis: The Sun reports the story of a waitress, Viviana Ross, being sacked after allegedly having sex with actor Orlando Bloom at her place of work, the Chiltern Firehouse Hotel. The newspaper inevitably reports this as if Ross made a bad decision to “bed film hunk” after her shift had ended and this was found out by “a manager” who found her in Bloom’s bed. The article doesn’t detail whether there were grounds for unfair dismissal or whether the dismissal would have been based on her contract. There initially doesn’t appear to be much more to the article other than salacious gossip though it could be said to perpetuate the image of young woman desperate to be associated with the rich famous male with a “five star suite”, a story that rarely runs the other way around.
Topic of article: Science & Technology
Headline: Revealed: Facebook’s secret rules on sex, violence, hate speech and terror
Author(s): Nick Hopkins (Head of Investigations)
Analysis: In their series ‘The Facebook Files’ the Guardian works to uncover what they frame as ethically questionable policies in place regarding what is allowed and not allowed to be posted on the platform. The tone of the article is that of investigating a huge issue including implying that “critics” exist and that even those within Facebook also “have concerns” which begs the question of how the Guardian obtained these internal files. Moreover, the large print statistics about numbers of users and that it says that they are “under huge political pressure in Europe and the US” implies that this is some sort of day of reckoning for Facebook, that it will need to become more accountable or risk its reputation, though how true this is is hard to tell. Moreover this is not a balanced account, due to its investigative nature, and the paper has cherry-picked the most shocking cases including issues self-harm, violent deaths, animal abuse, sexual activity and abortions. This is one of a question about lines around grey areas, and the Guardian is clearly deciding that Facebook have crossed the line, though doesn’t suggest how this phenomenon should be tackled on this front page.
Topic of article: Politics
Headline: Corbyn’s kick in teeth for IRA victims
Author(s): Jack Doyle (Executive Political Editor)
Analysis: The article reports the criticism that Jeremy Corbyn has not directly condemned the IRA which has arisen in recent television interviews. The article is highly critical of Corbyn and the bulk of the article is quotes from Kenny Donaldson of Innocent Victims United who claims Corbyn ignores his organisations requests for a meeting and that he treats “innocent victims and survivors of Provisional IRA terrorism with contempt.” There is no evidence to support or explain Corbyn’s decision or to verify the claims made by Donaldson. As this may be an emotive issue for readers, the purpose is to make Corbyn appear immoral and disrespectful to reduce his political support. Moreover the message of “he claimed Britain for seeking a military solution” and “ ‘siding with Britain’s enemies’” somewhat relates to previous criticisms of him being a pacifist and that he didn’t bow deeply enough on Remembrance day last year.
Topic of article: Politics
Headline: Care crisis threatens to scupper May reform
Author(s): Sam Coates (Deputy Political Editor)
Analysis: The Times reports potential flaws in and much criticism of May’s proposed social care reforms announced last week. With the legitimacy of the article supported by the results of Freedom of Information Act requests from to local authorities, the article progressively presents the cast against May’s plans mostly focussing on the lack of feasibility of an increased number of older people at home or in residential care that might face deferred charges after their death. The article also sights “the decision to cut the £300 winter fuel allowance for all but the poorest pensioners and end free school meals” as concerning and uses former Liberal Democrat pension minister’s critical claims to support their argument. Suggestions that those within the Conservative party, including Boris Johnson and head of policy John Godfrey, have also conceded that there are some issues strengthens their opening paragraph that this could be a major problem for the party “amid further signs that Labour is closing the gap.” There is little to support May’s policies or why they have been implemented and even Johnson’s moderately supportive quote is undermined it’s introduction.
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Reviewed by: Alice Edwards