These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appeals to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
Overall, we rate The Scotsman as Least Biased based on balanced editorials. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: United Kingdom
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, The Scotsman is a national daily newspaper printed in tabloid format. The Scotsman was founded in 1817 as a liberal weekly newspaper by lawyer William Ritchie and customs official Charles Maclaren.
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Analysis / Bias
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 occasionally publish opinion pieces with sensational headlines: “Did teetotal Donald Trump drink wine at the UN?” For the most part, this is a neutral news reporting site that is factual.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate The Scotsman as Least Biased based on balanced editorials. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (M. Huitsing 9/25/2017) Updated (01/13/2023)
Last Updated on July 1, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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