Merkur is a popular newspaper in Germany, published from and headquartered in Germany. In this article, Mediabuzz is going to analyze Merkur’s media bias and Merkur’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 Merkur along with its factual accuracy.
Media Bias Analysis Summary
After thorough research, we will conclude whether the Merkuris Left Leaning, Right Leaning or Centred in its approach. For Merkur, we will go through several researches, studies, blind surveys, headline analysis, etc. to comment on Merkur’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 Merkur, we will flip through previous news articles of the publication and observe if Merkur has published any factually incorrect information. Based on this, we will conclude that we have commented on the factual accuracy of Merkur. Based on the above analysis, we will assign one of the media reliability meter out of all the three possible meters shown here.
A. Merkur Media Bias Analysis
Under this section, we will briefly explain the factors that contribute towards our media bias conclusion for Merkur. We will observe, analyse and comment on the Merkur language used, presidential endorsement, controversies, allegations, political views of Merkur’s editors, etc. to support our inference.
1. Merkur Emotional Influence & Adjectives in Headlines
We will rummage through previous headlines of Merkur to look out for usage of influential language, adjectives, emotionally charged words, etc. that suggests any bias of Merkur towards any side of the spectrum.
2. Merkur 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 Merkur has endorsed in previous presidential elections to support Merkur’s political bias.
3. Political leader’s Criticism of Merkur
A political leader’s frequent criticism of Merkur will also suggest about political inclination of the newspaper. In this section, we will observe if any political leader has criticised Merkur in the past to support our arguments.
4. Allegations on Merkur
Under this section, we will look out for any previous allegations against Merkur by any political leader, party, organization or readers to support if Merkur 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 Merkur media bias. To substantiate our claims about Merkur’s media bias inclination, we will cite these highly reliable sources and research from reputed organizations.
6. Audience of Merkur
The audience of Merkur also strongly suggests its media bias. Therefore, to further substantiate our claims, we will write about Merkur’s audience whether they are democrats or republicans in their political affinities.
7. Merkur’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 Merkur social media accounts to look for clues that suggests Merkur media bias.
8. Popular editors of Merkur
Any popular person or editor associated with the Merkur will also speak a lot about Merkur’s media bias. We will analyze popular persons or editors of Merkur that are directly or indirectly linked to any political party or ideology.
9. Merkur CEO’s political views
In this section, we will look if Merkur 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 Merkur’s media bias.
B. Merkur Factual Reporting Analysis
After Merkur media bias, we will write about Merkur’s factual reporting, to check whether Merkur is reliable or not. There are several parameters on which we will be analyzing Merkur’s factual accuracies and will comment if Merkur has ever published any false or misleading reports.
1. Merkur’s misleading or false news articles
We will look for Merkur’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 Merkur in its Op-Ed or news section.
2. Popular Fact-Checking Organizations’ Analysis of Merkur
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 Merkur to suggest if Merkur has published false stories in the past or not.
3. Sources of Merkur
Sources quotes by newspapers are also indicative of their reliability. We will check the sources quoted by Merkur in their news stories to find out if Merkur is factually reliable or not.
C. Merkur 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 Merkur.
D. History of Merkur
Merkur is based out of Germany and primarily published from Germany . In this section, we will comment about the history of Merkur including Merkur founder, Merkur publisher, Merkur circulation and Merkur headquarters.
E. Merkur Funding & Ownership
Under this section, mediabuzz will write about Merkur’s investors, stakeholders and owners to analyze how Merkur’s media bias and factual reliability is affected.
F. Readers of Merkur
Under this section, we will provide you approximate numbers of readers Merkur enjoy. It will also have an age-wise, demographic-wise, gender-wise and political opinion-wise distribution of Merkur audience.
G. Merkur Media Bias and Credibility – Conclusion
After a thorough analysis of Merkur on the above mentioned parameters, we will sum up if Merkur is a left, center or right biased newspaper. Based on the analysis, we will offer a judgement on whether Merkur is a reliable or unreliable publication when factual reporting is concerned.