Papers Reviewed: The Sun, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Times
Topic of article: Environment
Headline: Irma hell Brits: Get us out of here
Author(s): James Beal (US Editor)
Analysis: The article covers the tragic impact of Hurricane Irma on British tourists abroad including the Royal Navy Task Force’s involvement. The angle of this article is one of interest in the well being of British people who are in the Caribbean, including listing the Navy coming to help “more than 50,000 stricken Brits” and that “at least two Britons were missing.” Irma is described as a “nuclear monster” and “hell” to emphasise the extent of the potential damage and tragedy which is also indicated by describing “islands flattened…expats lost.” The headline including “get us out of here” does suggest comparisons to the many people in the Caribbean who are not able to be rescued by the British Royal Navy, or by any other means, and have had their lives destroyed in this event. Moreover, the use of “expats” is also worth highlighting as it also suggests the prime position in the hierarchy that British tourists hold abroad, rather than referring to them as “immigrants.” There are no sources provided for the details of the article although the word “nuclear” is put in quotation marks it is unclear where this came from.
Topic of article: Law
Headline: Exposed: ‘race bias’ in British justice system
Author(s): Vikram Dodd (Crime Correspondent), Owen Bowcott (Legal Affairs Correspondent)
Analysis: This article covers the publication of a report on racism within the justice system produced by MP David Lammy and commissioned by Cameron in 2016. This story only appears on one other front page, The Daily Telegraph (in a small box at the bottom), despite its deep importance. The article supports the findings of the report and uses the article to highlight Lammy’s key points including that the disproportionality of black and ethnic minority groups in U.K. prisons is higher than in the U.S., which may shock some readers. That young people are particularly affected is also described in the article which may evoke further outrage at the unjust loss of potential for these young people. Moreover, the article also focuses on the evidence benefits of rehabilitation programmes rather than incarceration, emphasising the belief in the benefits of rehabilitation rather than punishment. An example of trying to make the reports’ argument appeal further is including that the numbers of people going to prison who needn’t be, costs the taxpayer “more than £300m a year.” The majority of the article consists of quoting from the report and Lammy, with no other individual quotes. Others who could have been included are those with personal or professional experience of the justice system.
Topic of article: Politics
Headline: Don’t treat us with contempt!
Author(s): Jason Groves (Political Editor); Mario Ledwith (Brussels Correspondent)
Analysis: The article criticises the negative comments made about David Davis, the Brexit secretary by bother European President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier. The article very clearly argues that the fact that these individuals are being so “arrogant” and rude towards Davis adds another damning reason to the list of why we should leave the E.U. The article describes the E.U. team as petty and deliberately trying to “destabilise the UK team” with the “personal insults” and that Barnier wanted to “teach Britain a lesson” if it didn’t do as he intended regarding the negotiations. There is no detail about the content of the negotiations themselves or whether some of the comments may be valid. The only direct quote in the article is from prominent Eurosceptic MP Peter Bone whose quote embodies the argument that this rudeness “is why we have got to leave.”
Topic of article: Politics
Headline: Minister in firing line of MP’s Brexit letter
Author(s): Sam Coates (Deputy Political Editor), Henry Zeffman (Political Reporter)
Analysis: In the ever murkier and more complicated Brexit debate, it has been found that a letter supporting hard Brexit has been supported and circulated by MP Suella Fernandes (aide to the Chancellor) and MP Steve Baker on a What’s App group. The article portrays a thoroughly factionalised Conservative party regarding Brexit: the hard-Brexit supporting signatories of this letter and European Research Group; Hammond’s “standstill” transition deal; and David Davis’ negotiating being criticised on top of it all. In the article the whole ‘what form of Brexit’ debate appears chaotic and deeply confusing to anyone from the outside. However, the judgment of the paper is present with the final paragraph using an unnamed “government source” to describe that both MP’s were wrong to do this and would normally lose their jobs, particularly Fernandes due to her position. The article gives quite a lot of time describing the details of the What’s App-ing and therefore quotes from the What’s App group itself; in addition quotes are provided from multiple unnamed sources within government from both those supporting the letter and those not and finally Baker does defend himself by providing a cover story to his What’s App issues. The use of unnamed sources adds to the sense in the article that there is extensive in-fighting and lack of coherence within government. There is little context from outside the party or quotes from others except saying how Labour feels about the customs union.
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Reviewed by: Alice Edwards