Wednesday 20th September

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

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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?

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

Front page images from: BBC The Papers (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs/the_papers) , The Guardian may be better read at the Guardian website or Pressreader (http://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-guardian) or Kiokso ( http://en.kiosko.net/uk/)

Reviewed by: Alice Edwards

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Friday 9th September 2017

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

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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.

 

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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.

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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.”

 

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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.

 

Front page images from: BBC The Papers (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs/the_papers) , The Guardian may be better read at the Guardian website or Pressreader (http://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-guardian) or Kiokso ( http://en.kiosko.net/uk/)

Reviewed by: Alice Edwards

 

Friday 18th August 2017

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

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Topic of article: Crime

Headline: Barcalona Bastards

Author(s): Jonathan Reilly (Senior Reporter)

Analysis: The Sun chooses the image of the individual lying on the pavement with two police officers standing over them to dominate their front page. The article is highly emotive and focusses on creating anger towards the individual “maniac driver” who “mows down tourists” including the details that “one terrorist killed, two held.” In its short description, he paper includes that the La Ramblas area of Barcalona is “popular with British visitors” heightening the sense of fear in that British people and families are not safe when they are on their summer holidays. The sources for the information are not provided and there are no quotes included within the article, though we are left to assume the figures for those injured and information regarding the arrests are from the Spanish emergency services and police. There is no description of Islamic State claiming responsibility for the attack on this front page. The coverage of the attack is present on pages 4-7 inside the paper.

 

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Topic of article:  Crime

Headline: Terror strikes Barcalona

Author(s): Giles Tremlett (Madrid), Sam Jones, Jennifer Rankin (Brussels)

Analysis: The Guardian describes the Las Ramblas attack in detail and provides a contextual perspective, describing the similarities with attacks in France, Germany, Sweden and the UK. The article provides a detailed description of the scene in Barcalona, emphasising that this was intended to injure tourists due to this being the height of holiday season and it being one of the most popular roads in Barcalona. Furthermore it also provides tragic elements such as “several pushchairs could be seen abandoned at the side of the street.” The article includes quotes from a number of eye witnesses including an off-duty nurse and communicates a scene of panic and confusion with “rumours flew around the city” describing how people were unsure of what to do. The image chosen for the article is of two police officers standing over an individual who is lying on the pavement with their hands over their eyes. There is less description of Islamic State within the article apart from that they claimed responsibility for the attack. They do provide some background regarding Oukabir, who has now been arrested, including his photograph and describing that he is believed to be from North Africa but is a resident in Spain. The coverage of the attack is present on pages 3 to 5.

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Topic of article: Crime

Headline: Massacre of holiday families

Author(s): Vanessa Allen (News Reporter)

Analysis: The article focusses on describing the chaotic scene at Las Ramblas yesterday afternoon. The horror of those there having to flee for their lives and “broken bodies lay in pools of blood” with “prams and toys” also on the floor is described in full, instilling fear in the reader. There is little detailed description of the facts such as that Isis have claimed responsibility for the attack, suggesting that this front page was sent to print earlier than the other papers and hence why it focuses on setting the terrible scene rather than more detail. There is also a clear impression that “British holiday-makers” may be amongst those injured in the attack as it is a popular destination and therefore implies that people aren’t even safe on their family holiday. Where the information is from in the article is not detailed and no quotes are provided. The image chosen is the same as that in The Sun and The Guardian and includes an inset of the arrested individual Driss Outkabir. The coverage continues inside the paper on page 4.

 

The Timesthe times

Topic of article: Crime

Headline: Evil strikes again

Author(s): Adam Sage, Charles Bremner, Sarah Morris, Fiona Hamilton (Barcalona)

Analysis: The Times describes what is known about the attack in Barcalona, including details about the arrest of Driss Oukabir. The article provides a detailed description of the event including the current death toll and number injured. The story appears to be evolving as many questions remain unresolved including whether the suspect who was shot dead by police trying to drive out of the city was the driver of the van involved. The Times discusses that this attack was the first by Islamic State in Spain, and that previous attacks in Barcalona had been related to Basque separatist groups. The article includes quotes from Amaq (the Islamic State news agency), the Spanish police, a tourist who was present at the scene and tweets from King Felipe of Spain and Trump and part of the official statement from Theresa May (full available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/barcelona-attack-pm-statement.) The image chosen is of a family group surrounding an individual on the floor with some security staff also around them.  Their descriptions relating to Islamic State are the word “evil” in the headline, the quote from Amaq explaining that the attack targeted Spain as it was a “coalition state” with the U.S. fighting against them. The coverage of the attack is present on pages 2-5 and page 31.

 

Front page images from: BBC The Papers (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs/the_papers)

Reviewed by: Alice Edwards

Monday 31st July 2017

Monday 31st July 2017

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

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Topic of article: The Royal Family

Headline: Grubby blood money

Author(s): Jack Royston (Royal Correspondent)

Analysis: The Sun express outrage at the use of film to be used in the Channel four show ‘Diana: In Her Own Words’ around the the 20th anniversary of her death. The quote comes from “ex-royal aide Dickie Arbiter” who is clearly unsupportive of the tapes being shown as they are described as “tawdry” and including Diana discussing her marriage to Prince Charles. The use of the word “pals” and citing this ex-royal aide suggests that those who had known Diana best are against the television programme including this and there is nothing on this front page to argue to support Channel Four “TV bosses” including it. It is unclear what sort of outcome will occur from this, though articles like this just increase promotion of the show if it is to be aired later this year. Moreover, Diana is a difficult character for the press as they both promoted her as the ‘people’s princess’ and also make arguably less supportive choices regarding her at different points (see Daily Mail below.) Moreover, the question of if this is morally wrong, to publicly show unseen tapes of someone after they have passed away if it will change their public image (or of others), is probably a wider issue may to come to a head here considering the public and press being so involved in Diana and her life.

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Topic of article:  Politics

Headline: Tensions flair in cabinet over free movement

Author(s): Anushka Asthana (Political Editor)

Analysis: The Guardian describes the clash within the Conservative party with the prime minister and some supporters being undermined by those MPs who are in dissent who tend to support softer Brexit in regard to the ‘transitional deal’ including immigration and trade issues. The article describes the rebelling side as Phillip Hammond, Amber Rudd and notable others who appear to be stepping out of party line of hard Brexit regarding tough campaign issues such as immigration. In addition, those attempting to reinforce that line are described as May, David Davis, Liam Fox and Iain Duncan Smith.  The article describes how public statements on Brexit are being made by those Rudd and Hammond that have not been agreed with by other members of the party, as highlighted by a quote from Fox. These actions from Hammond and co. are particularly pertinent at a time whilst parliament is in recess, with many MPs who support Brexit away abroad (May, Johnson and Fox) and appears a somewhat manipulative move by Hammond. The article enhances a sense of deep division within the party including secret letters sent by Rudd, quotes from both sides describing uncertainty and the poignant reminder that the issue of the “transitional deal” has been “forced up the agenda” due to May’s performance in the general election. Overall, the article makes the party seem even more fragile and the Brexit negotiations fraught with tensions that are worsening rather than lessening.

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Topic of article: Crime

Headline: Car rental firms don’t do repairs you pay for

Author(s): Louise Eccles (Personal Finance Correspondent)

Analysis: The newspaper reports the results of its own investigation into car rental companies charges for British customers. The newspaper is focussing on the frustrations of car rental customers who are charged for minor damages they may have caused to the car whilst they are renting it. The paper reports that the companies aren’t using the charges to fix the specific damage charged for but just fix the car when they sell it on or lower the selling price. The paper commonly pioneers a campaign like this, trying to seek and expose an unfair truth for the general public. However, as it has now passed this information onto the trading standards officers there is likely nothing that the paper or customers can actually do, except perhaps the action of boycotting the names rental companies on this basis which may be why they listed them, that is productive from this suspicion-mongering article. There is also the interest in the tone that this injustice is being done to “British tourists” as if rental cars aren’t used by people from all countries or that these companies don’t have British bases or charge tourists who are travelling in the U.K. in this way.

 

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Topic of article: Politics

Headline: Hammond: we won’t be tax haven after Brexit  

Author(s): Sam Coates (Deputy Political Editor); Adam Sage (Paris Correspondent)

Analysis: The article reports that Philip Hammond, chancellor, has made statements about Britain not changing it’s tax policy to become a ‘tax haven’ after Brexit. The article is set on the background of Hammond becoming more and more dominant and pioneering the ‘softer’ Brexit in contrast with what Prime Minister May, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have as their message. Moreover, the paper describes how Hammond himself in January said that lowering taxes to attract businesses was an option (and a negotiating card) if Britain lost access to the single market, which could still happen. Hammond appears to be trying to be more conciliatory towards European countries, by now saying this in a French newspaper interview, in contrast to his previous more aggressive comments to a German paper in January. The article also describes the issue between Vince Cable suggesting that Johnson could resign after the split in the party over Brexit, with Johnson emphasising this was not going to happen. The article tends to be more balanced than the Guardian, with them citing how May and Hammond and Johnson and Hammond work together and therefore seeming not completely divided.

 

Front page images from: BBC The Papers (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs/the_papers) , The Guardian may be better read at the Guardian website or Pressreader (http://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-guardian) or Kiokso ( http://en.kiosko.net/uk/)

Reviewed by: Alice Edwards

 

Monday 5th June 2017

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

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Topic of article: Crime

Headline: Jihadi killer in an Arsenal shirt

Author(s): Tom Wells (Chief Reporter), Mike Sullivan (News Reporter)

Analysis: The Sun uses the same image as the Daily Mail and The Times but uses text on its front page to describe background information about “Abz” the “ringleader” of the three suspects. The information provided about the individual emphasises that he was just like any other Londoner, working for Transport for London and KFC and being an Arsenal supporter, but then became “radicalised over the past year” leading up to the attack, describing him as a “HOME-grown jihadi.” The article is extremely emotive, using language such as “slaughtered” and “murderous spree” with the tag-line under The Sun banner of “we are not afraid” oddly juxtaposing the sense of fear evoked throughout the article.  It isn’t clear why the article has focussed in on one of the individuals – perhaps he was the only one they could find any information about or just the closest in this photograph – or where this information about him came from.

 

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Topic of article:  Crime

Headline: Seven dead, 21 critically hurt: May says ‘enough is enough’

Author(s):  Robert Booth (News Reporter), Vikram Dodd (Senior Reporter), Lisa O’Carroll (Brexit Correspondent), Matthew Taylor (Environment Correspondent)

Analysis: In the aftermath of the London Bridge, The Guardian provides some details of the current situation and what the police are doing regarding gaining more information on the three men involved. By focussing on what is being done by the police rather than a detailed description of the events on Saturday night, the article has a generally less emotive and more calming tone than the other articles. Moreover, this sense that the police are taking control of the situation is highlighted in the article by describing a number of the arrests in relation to the attacks, the main person being quoted being counter-terrorism chief Mark Rowley and the justification for the shoot-to-kill action by the police. However, this is somewhat undermined by the source, Erisa Gasparri, claiming she had reported one of the suspected attackers to the police two years previously which is suggesting that counter-terrorism measures aren’t as effective as they could be.

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Topic of article: Crime

Headline: Bloody day all of Britain said: Enough is enough

Author(s): None (Only image on the front page)

Analysis: Using the same photograph as The Times and The Sun, the Mail uses red circles to highlight the bodies and a smaller image of two of the suspected attackers described as “swaggering jihadis during the killing spree” inset. By using Theresa May’s quote of “enough is enough” as if “all of Britain” feel this way creates this sense of a turning point in Britain’s policy on terror, that this attack must somehow push the government to become in some way more effective against terrorist organisations after this “3rd attack in 10 weeks.” Though there is not much text on the page both the word “fanatics” and “jihadis” are used on the front page, possibly intended to stir up Islamophobia in Britain by not providing any further explanation of the terms used or the backgrounds of the individuals.  The link with May’s quote begs the question of what the political fallout will be of this attack, within a week of the general election, and whether any specifics relating to counter-terrorism will be described by politicians over the next three days.

 

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Topic of article: Crime

Headline: Massacre in the market  

Author(s): None (Only image on front page)

Analysis: Similar to their coverage of the Westminster attack, The Times chooses to use an image of the three suspects lying on the ground after being shot with a small caption reading “three terrorists lie dead after being shot by police in Borough Market, London. Saturday’s attack was the third in Britain by Islamist extremists in three months.” The image is blurred, communicating the sense of chaos of the scene, with what are presumed to be police officers standing over two of the bodies. The closest man on the floor appears to be wearing something strapped to his torso, which the police had suspected were explosives but were later found to be fake. This image is distinctly different from the other common image used by the press today, which is of a row of armed counter-terrorism police in the capital which instils more of a sense of police control and authority rather than this image which evokes a sense of tragedy and panic.

 

Front page images from: BBC The Papers (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs/the_papers) , The Guardian may be better read at the Guardian website or Pressreader (http://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-guardian) or Kiokso ( http://en.kiosko.net/uk/)

Reviewed by: Alice Edwards

 

Tuesday 23rd May 2017

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

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Topic of article: Politics

Headline: Blood on his hands

Author(s): Tom Newton Dunn

Analysis: The Sun is informing its readers about an ‘Ex-IRA killer’ who claims that Jeremy Corbyn has blood on his hands. The Sun claims, from its source Sean O’Callaghan, that the support of Corbyn and John McDonnell encouraged the IRA to “prolong the violence”. It appears that this accusation is unsubstantiated and The Sun shows no evidence to prove or to support these claims. The reader is unaware of the credibility of this “Ex-IRA killer”. These claims reproduced by The Sun seem to serve an agenda and misleads the public. The smear campaign against Jeremy Corbyn continues and it is a shame (but not surprising) to see The Sun, the most sold newspaper in Britain, producing front page news stories like this without any real substantial evidence clarifying these claims.

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Topic of article:  Politics

Headline: Theresa May faces ‘chaos and confusion’ claims after social care U-turn

Author(s): Anushka Asthana and Jessica Elgot

Analysis: The Guardian informs its readers about Theresa May’s U-turn on the Conservatives’ social care policy in their manifesto. The social care policy received a lot of backlash from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and even some Tory MPs due to it being unfair on those suffering from chronic illnesses which is why it has been dubbed the “dementia tax”. This move by the Prime Minister is unprecedented and the media are accusing her of “chaos, confusion and indecision” as no political leader from a major party in the U.K. has U-turned on a policy so soon after a party’s manifesto has been released.  It appears that Theresa May is forming a reputation on U-turning on decisions and promises that she makes, from being a Remainer to becoming a hard Brexiter, U-turning on National Insurance and U-turning on calling a snap election. The author explains that Theresa May keeps hitting out at Jeremy Corbyn and one can only infer that it is because she does not want appear weak and wobbly and is deflecting.

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Topic of article: Social Media

Headline: Facebook lets teens see porn

Author(s): Katherine Rushton (Media and Technology Editor)

Analysis: The Daily Mail is informing its readers about an investigation that they carried which reveals that teenagers are able to see pornography, gambling websites and dangerous diet plans on Facebook. The Daily Mail set up three fake accounts with different personalities and characteristics to see what they would be exposed to on Facebook. This has lead to the Daily Mail asking questions about Facebook’s failure to protect young children. Neither does the author elaborate on why this is happening and how it can be solved, nor does it show how widespread this is on social media as it has only created 3 fake account. The article quotes Chi Onwurah, the former Labour shadow culture minister, and Facebook.

 

Monday 22nd May 2017

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

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

Front page images from: BBC The Papers (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs/the_papers) , The Guardian may be better read at the Guardian website or Pressreader (http://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-guardian) or Kiokso ( http://en.kiosko.net/uk/)

Reviewed by: Alice Edwards