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Comparison of a Broadsheet and Tabloid paper

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Citizenship Coursework B: Critical Commentary Introduction to coursework assignment B: For the second piece of my citizenship coursework, I was told to analyse and compare two articles from two different newspapers, published on the same day and about the same issue - terrorism. The first newspaper article I read was The Sun. The Sun is a tabloid daily newspaper published in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland with the highest circulation of any daily English-language newspaper in the world. It is famous for its gossip section and moreover its pictures of nude women on page 3 (the term page 3 is recognisable as the third page in The Sun by nearly everyone). It is a right wing newspaper, published by News Group Newspapers of News International, which is a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. The newspaper tries to appeal to the 'average' reader by using everyday colloquial language. The story I am analysing made the front page of the newspaper and was continued on pages four, five, six and seven. The amount of pages used for the story is very unusual compared to all other previous articles featured in The Sun - this shows the importance of it. ...read more.

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The Sun tries to portray the suspects as 'bastards' who were caught like 'rats in a trap'. They try to show the 'police swoop' as pure genius and that the arrests had been a brilliantly deployed master plan. They go on to say that those arrested were in fact the men who carried out the attacks. Furthermore, by using descriptive language and producing images they have made it easy for those who were arrested to be identified and put under shame. The Sun tries to humiliate the suspects by showing how they were arrested (naked) and making sure that after reading the article the reader will be certain that these are the men who carried out the attacks. Like The Sun, The Guardian's writing and neutrality is based on its political allegiance. It is a left wing newspaper - therefore trying to promote equality between everyone unlike the right side of the political spectrum which does not promote equality - the extreme right actually are fascist. The Guardian shows a larger variety of actual evidence but does not come to any conclusion regarding whether the suspects are innocent or guilty. ...read more.

Conclusion

It is more reliable and has more 'real' information in it. However, The Sun is more of an interesting read as it contains comical humour and is overall more exciting. I feel that the story has not been reported well in The Sun at all. It is written with a bias point of view and is verging on being xenophobic. Its writers were narrow minded and have judged the accused before a trial has taken place as guilty which is morally wrong and against the law of society. Unlike The Sun, The Guardian took a more responsible approach when writing its article. It covers larger detail and actually presents what happened in an informing way rather than a comical one - as newspapers are supposed to do. In fact the way that The Sun has portrayed them is a definite defamation of character - which could result in the company being sued for libel. I do not think that whether all the suspects are guilty or innocent can be concluded from either of the articles. However, the suspect Hussain Osman seems to me as guilty - if he had nothing to hide he would not have fled the country. Others may hold a completely different view to mine because of inconclusive evidence or they believe what The Sun has reported. ...read more.

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