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