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 appealing 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 Punch Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing techniques and a couple of failed fact checks.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: Nigeria (120/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1970 by Olu Aboderin, an accountant, and Sam Amuka, The Punch is a Nigerian daily newspaper based in Lagos, Nigeria. According to their about page, Punch states its mission as “to inform, educate and entertain Nigerians and the world at large.”The current chairman of the board is Mrs. Angela Emuwa. The current Managing Director is Mr. Ademola Osinubi.
Funded by / Ownership
The Punch was owned by Punch Nigeria Limited that was established by Olu Aboderin and Gbadebo Wale Aboderin, serving as the chairman. Currently, Mrs. Angela Olufunmilayo Emuwa (nee Aboderin) is the new Chairman. Advertising and subscription fees generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Punch reports news summaries and commentary on Nigerian and international news. Articles and headlines often contain minimally loaded emotional wording. Punch covers the center-right PDP and governing center-left party APC neutrally, such as here “My suspension by Delta PDP laughable, says Nwaoboshi” and “APC dismisses Obaseki’s sedition threat against 14 absentee lawmakers.” However, The Punch sources poorly, rarely using hyperlinks, and often utilizing quotes.
They also report on US politics neutrally. For example, their coverage of former Republican President Trump “US to place visa restriction on Nigeria, others” and current Democrat President Biden “Human rights abuse, others may work against Nigeria under Biden – Ex-US envoy, others.” In general, story selection is balanced; however, a review of opinion pieces reveals a left-leaning editorial bias Mr. President, there is hunger in the land! And Imperatives of realising education aspiration for Nigerian children. Finally, the paper endorses gender equality and concern for human-influenced climate change.
Failed Fact Checks
- Nigeria has the highest number of cases of female genital mutilation in the world. – Incorrect
- Parents of abducted students handed over N800,000 to Sheik Gumi to secure the release of their children. – Incorrect
Overall, we rate The Punch Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing techniques and a couple of failed fact checks. (M. Huitsing 6/25/2021)