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