How is the response of the audience manipulated in Peter Medak’s film
‘Let him have it!’ and ‘The Daily Mail’ article of November 1952? Do
they both show bias?
In November 1952 a policeman was shot dead and another left wounded in
what the Daily Mail called a ‘gun battle’ when Christopher Craig and
Derek Bentley broke into the Barlow and Parker warehouse in Croydon.
I have looked at two media sources of information regarding this
event. A newspaper article taken from the Daily Mail 3rd November
1952 and Peter Medak’s film ‘Let him have it!’. Using these sources I
intend to illustrate how they manipulate the audience and if they are
biased types of media.
The headline for the Daily Mail’s article regarding the events of the
night 2nd November 1952, state that ‘Gangsters with machine guns on
roof kill detective, wound another’. However only two people,
Christopher Craig and Derek Bentley, were on the roof. Neither of
them armed with a machine gun. The article consistently describes the
pair as ‘the raiders’ ‘the bandits’ or ‘the gangsters’. This approach
suggests that there were more than two people, although it never
actually says how many. This is using hyperbole, a deliberate
exaggeration in language for a more dramatic effect. ‘Gangsters’
sounds more threatening and gives a more serious and dangerous
impression of the situation.
The article leads people to believe that the ‘the gangsters’ were
armed. Although Christopher Craig was carrying a gun, it wasn’t a
machine gun like the article states it was but a Firearm and Dere...
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...ged which makes you feel angry towards
Craig and upset that his family went through so much distress.
The audience response in both media forms have been manipulated to
create an interesting and informative news source. Both show biased
by using emotive and formal language, they use the present tense and
link phrases together. Both show bias towards the boys and in
particular Christopher Craig. Portraying Derek as a victim in the
film is biased and influences how we think, it makes us see him as
innocent and misled. The newspaper article emphasises on the shooting
of the police officer and makes out that the raid was made by
‘gangsters’. Neither media sources say what happened without using
hyperbole, generalising information or leaving certain information out
to produce the information source that they want to.
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