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