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