Independent is a popular newspaper in Nigeria, published from and headquartered in Nigeria. In this article, Mediabuzz is going to analyze Independent’s media bias and Independent’s factual reporting on the basis of its coverage, language used, presidential endorsements, media reports, research and blind surveys. We have also commented on the left or right biasedness of the Independent along with its factual accuracy.
Media Bias Analysis Summary
After thorough research, we will conclude whether the Independentis Left Leaning, Right Leaning or Centred in its approach. For Independent, we will go through several researches, studies, blind surveys, headline analysis, etc. to comment on Independent’s media bias. Based on the above analysis, we will assign one of the media bias meter out of all the seven possible meters shown here.
Factual Reporting Summary
For commenting on the factual accuracy of the Independent, we will flip through previous news articles of the publication and observe if Independent has published any factually incorrect information. Based on this, we will conclude that we have commented on the factual accuracy of Independent. Based on the above analysis, we will assign one of the media reliability meter out of all the three possible meters shown here.
A. Independent Media Bias Analysis
Under this section, we will briefly explain the factors that contribute towards our media bias conclusion for Independent. We will observe, analyse and comment on the Independent language used, presidential endorsement, controversies, allegations, political views of Independent’s editors, etc. to support our inference.
1. Independent Emotional Influence & Adjectives in Headlines
We will rummage through previous headlines of Independent to look out for usage of influential language, adjectives, emotionally charged words, etc. that suggests any bias of Independent towards any side of the spectrum.
2. Independent Endorsement of President
Endorsement of presidential candidates in elections comments strongly about a newspaper’s affiliation towards left or right. We will look out for candidates that Independent has endorsed in previous presidential elections to support Independent’s political bias.
3. Political leader’s Criticism of Independent
A political leader’s frequent criticism of Independent will also suggest about political inclination of the newspaper. In this section, we will observe if any political leader has criticised Independent in the past to support our arguments.
4. Allegations on Independent
Under this section, we will look out for any previous allegations against Independent by any political leader, party, organization or readers to support if Independent is biased towards left, right or center.
5. Media Bias Articles from Research Papers, Institutions, etc.
Several reputed fact checking and media bias analytics organizations conduct thorough surveys and research to write about Independent media bias. To substantiate our claims about Independent’s media bias inclination, we will cite these highly reliable sources and research from reputed organizations.
6. Audience of Independent
The audience of Independent also strongly suggests its media bias. Therefore, to further substantiate our claims, we will write about Independent’s audience whether they are democrats or republicans in their political affinities.
7. Independent’s controversial statements and tweets
Several newspapers make controversial statements or tweets on social media that reflect their affinity towards any ideology. We will flip through Independent social media accounts to look for clues that suggests Independent media bias.
8. Popular editors of Independent
Any popular person or editor associated with the Independent will also speak a lot about Independent’s media bias. We will analyze popular persons or editors of Independent that are directly or indirectly linked to any political party or ideology.
9. Independent CEO’s political views
In this section, we will look if Independent CEO supports or sponsors any political party directly or indirectly. We will look for his tweets, statements, opinion pieces, and controversies that will take us towards Independent’s media bias.
B. Independent Factual Reporting Analysis
After Independent media bias, we will write about Independent’s factual reporting, to check whether Independent is reliable or not. There are several parameters on which we will be analyzing Independent’s factual accuracies and will comment if Independent has ever published any false or misleading reports.
1. Independent’s misleading or false news articles
We will look for Independent’s previous history if it has ever intentionally or unintentionally published any fake news, false or misleading reports to influence audience. We will also write about false claims made by Independent in its Op-Ed or news section.
2. Popular Fact-Checking Organizations’ Analysis of Independent
Several fact-checking organizations including Politico, FactCheck, Snopes, Poynter, etc. conduct frequent fact-check on news articles published by newspapers. We will list down fact-checks that mentioned Independent to suggest if Independent has published false stories in the past or not.
3. Sources of Independent
Sources quotes by newspapers are also indicative of their reliability. We will check the sources quoted by Independent in their news stories to find out if Independent is factually reliable or not.
C. Independent Reliability Ratings by Fact-Checking Organizations
Several organizations across the globe independently conduct thorough research and studies on the pattern of news coverage by mainstream media. These websites study the articles published by the news media with the help of professionals and rate them on the basis of bias and reliability. Under this section, we will find out what other fact-checking organizations and media monitors have to say about Independent.
D. History of Independent
Independent is based out of Nigeria and primarily published from Nigeria . In this section, we will comment about the history of Independent including Independent founder, Independent publisher, Independent circulation and Independent headquarters.
E. Independent Funding & Ownership
Under this section, mediabuzz will write about Independent’s investors, stakeholders and owners to analyze how Independent’s media bias and factual reliability is affected.
F. Readers of Independent
Under this section, we will provide you approximate numbers of readers Independent enjoy. It will also have an age-wise, demographic-wise, gender-wise and political opinion-wise distribution of Independent audience.
G. Independent Media Bias and Credibility – Conclusion
After a thorough analysis of Independent on the above mentioned parameters, we will sum up if Independent is a left, center or right biased newspaper. Based on the analysis, we will offer a judgement on whether Independent is a reliable or unreliable publication when factual reporting is concerned.