The Scotsman

Last updated on November 14th, 2020 at 01:05 pm

The Scotsman - Least Biased - Credible - ReliableFactual Reporting: High - Credible - Reliable


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Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: United Kingdom 35/180

Notes: Headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, The Scotsman is a national daily newspaper that is printed in tabloid format. The Scotsman was founded in 1817 as a liberal weekly newspaper by lawyer William Ritchie and customs official Charles Maclaren. The Scotsman is published by Johnston Press, which is one of the largest media groups in the UK. The current editor of The Scotsman is Frank O’Donnell.  The newspaper backed a ‘No’ vote in the referendum on Scottish independence. However, they also published their pledge for impartiality in all 2017 elections: “Scotsman’s 2017 election manifesto”.

The Scotsman uses neutral language both in their headlines and articles, such as “Scottish independence ‘would be terrible’ says Donald Trump” and national news, such as “Philip Hammond warns SNP over tax rises.” They also use credible sources, such as the Wall Street Journal, however, they do occasionally publish opinion pieces with sensational headlines: “Did teetotal Donald Trump drink wine at the UN?” Overall, we rate The Scotsman High in factual reporting and Least Biased. (M. Huitsing 9/25/2017)


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