Papers Reviewed: The Sun, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Times
Topic of article: Health
Headline: Menopause Miracle
Author(s): Shaun Wooller (Health and Science Reporter)
Analysis: The Sun reports that a 47 year old woman gave birth to a baby, 7 years after going through the menopause. The article describes how she has “stunned the medical world” and herself as the pregnancy was only picked up at 3 months on an incidental cancer scan. The purpose of the article is not to explain how this “miracle” child occurred, as it provides no explanation from anyone as to how this might have occurred. There is also a risk that it may lead to other women believing that this could happen to them too and, moreover, there is no discussion of the potential risks of having children so late. Oddly this story is 9 months after the baby was born, potentially The Sun waiting for a slow news day or were they just going for some cuteness into the world considering everything else occurring in the news?
Topic of article: Politics
Headline: Trump stuns UN with threat to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea
Author(s): Julian Borger (World Affairs Editor; New York)
Analysis: An unsurprisingly critical account of Trump’s debut speech to the United Nations general assembly. Most of the article is a narration of Trumps speech with quotes only from Trump himself accompanied by comments such as how the speech was met by “silence” and “alarming murmurs” and how what he was saying didn’t align with the views of the UN. Indeed, the article describes Trump alienating others in the general assembly including “most of Washington’s closest allies” by criticising both the actions of Kim Jong-un in North Korea and the Islamic Republic in Iran. The article is so scathing, including it’s comparisons to “spectre of Bush and ‘axis of evil’” that the quote from Trump saying: “if the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph” appears as if describing how people feel about Trump himself. The comparison to Macron is also pertinent as they appear to be such different leaders elected at a similar time. There is no support of Trump’s words in the article and no other politicians are quoted except in the reference to Bush.
Topic of article: Crime; Politics
Headline: Take down hate videos in two hours…or else
Author(s): Jason Groves (Deputy Political Editor; New York)
Analysis: Daily Mail reports that Theresa May will speak at the UN Summit in New York about legislating against companies like Google and Facebook having information that terrorists could use such as ‘how to carry out truck, knife and bomb attacks.’ There are three points to be made about this self-congratulatory article. Firstly, that the Mail once again associates terrorism and the “atrocities on British soil” with “jihadi groups” without providing any explanation to what the word “jihadi” means and therefore allowing the paper to associate them with anyone they choose. Secondly that the article takes the line that May does, that these “technology giants” should be held accountable for hosting such information and if they do not comply with the government’s demands they should be penalised monetarily. Third and finally, that the article describes that this is partially a result (“after Mail campaign”) of the Daily Mail raising the alarm about how easy it was to access such material online. The article mostly quotes from Theresa May herself and no other sources are present in the article. There is no contribution from representatives of Google or Facebook or about how feasible a ban would be on such content.
Topic of article: Politics
Headline: Johnson to back off in Brexit deal with May
Author(s): Sam Coates (Deputy Political Editor; New York), Francis Elliot (Political Editor)
Analysis: The Times continues its reporting on this week of Brexit drama, focussing on Boris Johnson’s “backroom deal” with Theresa May. The paper describes the divided scene of Boris Johnson, who published his own Brexit plan over the weekend, backed by Michael Gove versus Theresa May and Phillip Hammond at the Treasury and others in the ‘Department for Exiting the EU.’ The crux here is presented to be over whether we have a Swiss-style agreement, where Britain pays for access to the single market, or a Canadian-style free-trade deal, preferred by Johnson. The excitement is over the perpetual PR dream that is Johnson and that he threatened to quit as foreign secretary. This has apparently lead to May has making some sort of promise to him about doing Brexit more his way in order to keep the peace. The article doesn’t miss a chance to throw around words like “conspiring” and “ (Johnson) backed down without meaningful concession” to add to the theatre of it all. The article doesn’t provide sources for all of its assertions, rather “it is understood…” and “friends of the foreign secretary.” Moreover this is a focus on the internal element of the Brexit politics rather than the external European view of Britain’s affairs.
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Reviewed by: Alice Edwards