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Witness Media Bias and Witness Factual Reporting Analysis

Witness is a popular newspaper in South Africa, published from and headquartered in South Africa. In this article, Mediabuzz is going to analyze Witness’s media bias and Witness’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 Witness along with its factual accuracy.

Media Bias Analysis Summary

After thorough research, we will conclude whether the Witnessis Left Leaning, Right Leaning or Centred in its approach. For Witness, we will go through several researches, studies, blind surveys, headline analysis, etc. to comment on Witness’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.

right center
extreme right
left center
extreme left

Factual Reporting Summary

For commenting on the factual accuracy of the Witness, we will flip through previous news articles of the publication and observe if Witness has published any factually incorrect information. Based on this, we will conclude that we have commented on the factual accuracy of Witness. Based on the above analysis, we will assign one of the media reliability meter out of all the three possible meters shown here.

slightly reliable
highly reliable

A.   Witness Media Bias Analysis

Under this section, we will briefly explain the factors that contribute towards our media bias conclusion for Witness. We will observe, analyse and comment on the Witness language used, presidential endorsement, controversies, allegations, political views of Witness’s editors, etc. to support our inference.

1. Witness Emotional Influence & Adjectives in Headlines

We will rummage through previous headlines of Witness to look out for usage of influential language, adjectives, emotionally charged words, etc. that suggests any bias of Witness towards any side of the spectrum.

2. Witness 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 Witness has endorsed in previous presidential elections to support Witness’s political bias.

3. Political leader’s Criticism of Witness

A political leader’s frequent criticism of Witness will also suggest about political inclination of the newspaper. In this section, we will observe if any political leader has criticised Witness in the past to support our arguments.

4. Allegations on Witness

Under this section, we will look out for any previous allegations against Witness by any political leader, party, organization or readers to support if Witness 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 Witness media bias. To substantiate our claims about Witness’s media bias inclination, we will cite these highly reliable sources and research from reputed organizations.

6. Audience of Witness

The audience of Witness also strongly suggests its media bias. Therefore, to further substantiate our claims, we will write about Witness’s audience whether they are democrats or republicans in their political affinities.

7. Witness’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 Witness social media accounts to look for clues that suggests Witness media bias.

8. Popular editors of Witness

Any popular person or editor associated with the Witness will also speak a lot about Witness’s media bias. We will analyze popular persons or editors of Witness that are directly or indirectly linked to any political party or ideology.

9. Witness CEO’s political views

In this section, we will look if Witness 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 Witness’s media bias.

B. Witness Factual Reporting Analysis

After Witness media bias, we will write about Witness’s factual reporting, to check whether Witness is reliable or not. There are several parameters on which we will be analyzing Witness’s factual accuracies and will comment if Witness has ever published any false or misleading reports.

1. Witness’s misleading or false news articles

We will look for Witness’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 Witness in its Op-Ed or news section.

2. Popular Fact-Checking Organizations’ Analysis of Witness

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 Witness to suggest if Witness has published false stories in the past or not.

3. Sources of Witness

Sources quotes by newspapers are also indicative of their reliability. We will check the sources quoted by Witness in their news stories to find out if Witness is factually reliable or not.

C. Witness 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 Witness.

D. History of Witness

Witness is based out of South Africa and primarily published from South Africa . In this section, we will comment about the history of Witness including Witness founder, Witness publisher, Witness circulation and Witness headquarters.

E. Witness Funding & Ownership

Under this section, mediabuzz will write about Witness’s investors, stakeholders and owners to analyze how Witness’s media bias and factual reliability is affected.

F. Readers of Witness

Under this section, we will provide you approximate numbers of readers Witness enjoy. It will also have an age-wise, demographic-wise, gender-wise and political opinion-wise distribution of Witness audience.


G. Witness Media Bias and Credibility – Conclusion

After a thorough analysis of Witness on the above mentioned parameters, we will sum up if Witness is a left, center or right biased newspaper. Based on the analysis, we will offer a judgement on whether Witness is a reliable or unreliable publication when factual reporting is concerned.

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