These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appeals to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate the Manchester Evening News Left-Center biased based on story selection and editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: United Kingdom
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Manchestereveningnews.co.uk is the Manchester Evening News online edition, a daily newspaper covering Greater Manchester in North West England, UK. In 2010, the Guardian Media Group (GMG) sold Manchester Evening News (M.E.N.) and associated papers to Reach P.L.C. (then called Trinity Mirror) for £44.8 million. The sale ended GMG’s long-standing association with M.E.N., dating back to 1924.
The Manchester Evening News reports on local community news, sports, entertainment, and events in and around Manchester, including Bolton, Bury, Heywood, Middleton, Oldham, Rochdale, and other nearby areas.
Funded by / Ownership
The Manchester Evening News and its website, manchestereveningnews.co.uk, are owned by MEN Media, a subsidiary of Reach PLC., a prominent British publisher founded in 1832. Reach PLC owns several regional and national titles, including the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror, The Sunday People, Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star, Daily Star Sunday, Scottish Daily Record, Sunday Mail, and OK! Magazine. The publication primarily relies on funding from advertising revenue, partnerships, sponsorships, affiliate commissions, and the sale of the print edition.
Analysis / Bias
The Manchester Evening News reports the news using emotionally loaded language in their headlines, as seen in their article titled “Inflation shoots up again with food at highest prices for 45 years – what it means for you.” Another example is the article titled “Transphobic material left inside gender identity books at Trafford Centre Waterstones,” “homophobic material,” and “Offensive material,” which suggests a negative view towards discriminatory behavior.
Regarding sourcing, they mostly use quotes and their sister organizations, such as the Daily Mirror.
Editorially, the article “UKIP on tour: Nige comes to town” covers Nigel Farage’s visit to Manchester; UKIP is a right-wing populist political party in the U.K. The article’s use of the term “spin doctor” to describe Patrick O’Flynn and the suggestion that the event aimed to “go back to basics” could be seen as a negative portrayal of Farage and his party. In contrast, the newspaper’s coverage of Conservative PM Rishi Sunak, as seen in the article Prime Minister Rishi Sunak visits Greater Manchester,” where Sunak is quoted responding to questions, is factual and relatively neutral throughout.
On the issues, they favor a left-leaning perspective with concerns for Climate Change and support for LGBTQ, and report favorably on the Labour Party: Labour Party in high spirits as conference comes to a close. In general, Manchester Evening News is fact-based and editorially holds a left-leaning political bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the last 5 years.
Overall, we rate the Manchester Evening News Left-Center biased based on story selection and editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 03/23/2023)
Last Updated on June 2, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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