“Burmese spring “Virgin Atlantic Hopes of fresh start as investigates „secret tip- Suu Kyi‟s party offs‟ to paparazzi” The declares victory” The Guardian, 6 April 2012 Guardian, 2 April 2012 “„A good man‟: “Fear of „witch-hunt‟ tributes to Athens will stop doctors pensioner who killed training for abortions” himself in protest at The Guardian, 2 April austerity” The 2012 Guardian, 6 April 2012 ConclusionTo what extent does the Guardianseparate fact from opinion?
Abortion training Burmese springPro-choice views Suu Kyi support• “witch-hunt” • cheers• “under siege” • young and old• “deeply • sang along concerned” • victoryDoes the Guardian give balancedaccounts on its debates?
Virgin Atlantic – suggestive phrasing• the exchange suggests a longstanding and friendly relationship…• BUT checks by the Guardian confirm that…Burmese spring – depiction of country• brutal military junta• dusty roadside villages• unpaved, bumpy roads• reintroduction of Burma to the rest of the worldDo the Guardian’s sources provideappropriate evidence for objectivity?
• Virgin Atlantic spokesperson Virgin • Employee involved Atlantic - • Big Picture founder sources • Private lawyer Greece • “…he was a gentleman, a good man.” • decent, dignified man suicide - • “He was clearly very educated…”victim profile • “He was an exceptional person…”What else suggests the Guardianattempts to maintain objectivity?
Balanced Range of Minimised Objective account sources subjectivity reporting Fact OpinionTo what extent does the Guardianseparate fact from opinion?