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Blindspot Report

Week of Feb 24 - Mar 2

The weekly Blindspot Report from Ground News puts a spotlight on news that publications from one side of the political spectrum or the other had little to no reporting on.

If your politics lean left, you probably didn’t hear that new US airstrikes in Syria aimed at Iran-backed militias have killed 17. And if your politics bend to the right, you likely didn't hear that a new report by the UN shows that emission-cutting pledges from 75 nations would deliver a combined reduction of only 0.5% from 2010 levels.

This Week's Blindspots

Blindspot for the Left:

U.S. air strikes on eastern Syria kill at least 17: sources U.S. military air strikes in eastern Syria killed at least 17, local sources and one medical source said on Friday.The Pentagon has said the strikes were against facilities belonging to Iran-backed militia. There has been no official comment yet by Syria on the attack. Coverage Distribution: 14% Left 14% Center 29% Right 57% U.S. air strikes on eastern Syria kill at least 17: sourcesBias chart for story

Blindspot for the Right:

United Nations: Countries’ pledges to cut emissions are far too meager to halt climate change Pledges made so far by countries around the globe to cut greenhouse gas emissions fall strikingly short of the profound changes necessary to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change, the United Nations said Friday. With 40% of the pledges accounted, only a 0.5% emissions reduction is projected from 2010 levels by 2030. Coverage Distribution: 11% Right Left 51% Center 38% 11% United Nations: Countries’ pledges to cut emissions are far too meager to halt climate changeBias chart for story

Blindspot for the Left:

Ex-CIA head Brennan confesses to MSNBC: ‘I’m increasingly embarrassed to be a white male’ Former CIA Director John Brennan confessed to MSNBC's audience on Monday that "I’m increasingly embarrassed to be a white male these days, when I see what my other white males [are] saying." The statement came during a segment on the Jan. 6 Capital riot Coverage Distribution: 8% Left 8% Right 92% 6e0b175e-d4e7-4cd7-9171-98cc427f64b8.jpgf25ea53d-84c6-49cf-83e9-e7700e764951.png

Blindspot for the Right:

Cuomo’s attempt at apology blasted by alleged victim One of the women who said she was sexually harassed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is rejecting his attempt to apologize for his behavior and excuse it as an attempt to be “playful.” Coverage Distribution: 6% Right Left 63% Center 31% 6 Cuomo’s attempt at apology blasted by alleged victimBias chart for story

Blindspot for the Left:

Digital vaccination passports likely available before summer, Merkel says Digital vaccination certificates enabling people to travel in Europe despite the coronavirus pandemic will probably be available before the summer, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after a virtual EU summit. Coverage Distribution: 20% Left 20% 20% Right 60% Digital vaccination passports likely available before summer, Merkel saysBias chart for story

Blindspot for the Right:

China returns as top India trade partner even as relations sour China regained its position as India’s top trade partner in 2020, as New Delhi’s reliance on imported machines outweighed its efforts to curb commerce with Beijing after a bloody border conflict. Total imports from China stood at $58.7bn, which were more than India's combined purchases from the US and UAE - its second and third largest trade partners. Coverage Distribution: 13% Right Left 63% 24% 13% China returns as top India trade partner even as relations sourBias chart for story

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Split Reporting

Highlighting discrepancies between the reporting on stories across different news outlets. This week's story:

Democratic senator to introduce universal background check law

What do the different news outlets focus on when reporting on this story?

Vice: Democrats Just Introduced the First Major Gun Safety Bill of the Biden Era

CNN: 'This is the year to get it done' : Democrats move on expanding background checks

Business Insider: Democrats unveil universal background check legislation to close the 'gun show loophole'

NPR: House Lawmakers Launch Fresh Efforts To Overhaul Nation's Gun Laws

Washington Examiner: Democrats push to limit guns, but more people want them

The Post Millennial: NRA: 'Extreme gun control legislation' coming next week

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Ground News processes over 30,000 news articles each day. Articles from different news outlets covering the same news event are merged into a single story so subscribers can get all the perspectives in one view. Each article is labeled one of seven bias ratings (Far Left, Left, Leans Left, Center, Leans Right, Right, Far Right) based on the average bias rating of the publishing news outlet. All news outlet bias ratings are originally sourced from three independent news monitoring agencies (AllSides, Media Bias Fact Check, Ad Fontes Media).

The Blindspot Report is generated by evaluating the mean and standard deviation of the aggregate bias ratings of the week's top 100 (most covered and most read) stories. News stories with the greatest mean score (many more Right outlets than Left or vice versa) or the highest standard deviation of bias ratings (more coverage on fringes than Center) are selected for the Report.