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The Sun's and The Times' Reporting of the Plot to Destroy a Boeing 747

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'THE SUN' vs. 'THE TIMES On 18th April 1986, both newspapers reported on a story concerning a plot to destroy a Boeing 747 [containing 400 people] and killing others who walked the streets of London at that busy time. The suspect of the plot, Nezar Hindawi, is said to have planted a ten-pound bomb in the luggage holdall of his girlfriend, before it was going to be stowed in an El Al plane, which was bound for Israel. Both newspapers used two different approaches to present the story to the reader. Both newspapers tried to attract the reader.' 'The Times' uses subtle ways to attract the reader, while 'The Sun' makes the front page eye-catching. The Times has different emphases making the reader attracted ['The Times' does not need to create its front page like a beacon, but it only relies on its steady reader base]. 'The Sun' makes the page extremely eye-catching, and makes the headline its viewpoint. ...read more.

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The sub-headline has the most effect on the reader. The first three words of the sub-headline indicates that the man is Middle Eastern, even though he comes from Libya, and that he is a rat [indicating that he is cunning, dangerous and shrewd]. These words seem to classify that everyone from the Middle East is someone like a rat. This would induce hatred. Also 'The Sun' shows that the victim of the incident was the suspect's girlfriend, and adds to the sympathy for the woman and hatred against the man, by saying that the woman was pregnant. 'The Sun' brings the news really home, by saying that the blast would have occurred over London. This would mean that people in the street would have been hurt and may even be killed, because of the man. This would make the reader feel insecure and frightened of the man. 'The Sun' basically tells the entire story in the story in the headline, but the language and emotive words it uses makes the reader want to read on. ...read more.

Conclusion

The headline is extremely clever. On one side is the sad news that people have died somewhere, while the other side shows the happy side of the headline, by telling the reader that the authorities have stopped a plot. The first two paragraphs focus on the story, while the third and fourth paragraph concentrates on the woman, and what is known about her. The rest of the paragraphs are featured on the people who helped stop the problem. The quoting of the head of anti-terrorist branch, gives even more assurance the reader that the situation is highly important. The last paragraph just describes the man. Both newspapers have completely different ways of presenting the story to the reader. Both use trademarks of their reporting. 'The Times' is a broadsheet newspaper. 'The Times' is an objective paper. This means that the article will be based around the fact, and no gossip or make-believe. 'The Sun' is a tabloid. This article shows that the newspaper has a subjective manner. This means that the newspaper bases some of its story around the facts and other parts around fictitious writing. ...read more.

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