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Blindspot Report

Week of December 23-29

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 likely didn't hear that the City of Detroit is suing BLM activits alleged to have engaged in disorderly conduct, incited riots, and destroyed public property. And if your politics bend to the right, you probably didn’t hear that four of President Trump's recent pardons went to former private security conractors jailed for killing 14 Iraqi civilians without cause.

This Week's Blindspots

Blindspot for the Left:

Detroit suing Black Lives Matter activists for ‘civil conspiracy’: report The city of Detroit is trying a new tack during a year in which it, like many other U.S. cities, saw violent protests and destruction in the streets. The countersuit was launched in response to activists filing suit against the city's police department following summer protests. Coverage Distribution: 12% Left 12% Right 88% 3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png

Blindspot for the Right:

Trump war crime pardons ‘broke my life again,’ says Iraqi father of victim On Tuesday, the president pardoned Nicholas Slatten, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard, former contractors at the private security firm Blackwater who were in jail for killing at least 14 Iraqi civilians, including two women and two children, after firing heavy weapons into Baghdad’s busy Nisoor Square in 2007 while guarding an American diplomatic convoy. Coverage Distribution: 9% Right Left 73% 18% 9% 3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png

Blindspot for the Right:

Alaskan tribes and nonprofits file suit to save America's largest national forest A coalition of Alaska Native tribes and environmentalists filed suit on Wednesday challenging a new Trump administration policy that opens vast swaths of the largest U.S. national forest to logging, mining and other commercial development. The lawsuit, joined by tourism and fishing organizations, seeks to reinstate prohibitions on road-building through previously protected areas. Coverage Distribution: 22% Right Left 56% 22%Right 22% 3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png

Blindspot for the Left:

NY leads nation in population drop, could lose House seat More residents escaped from New York over the last year than from any other state, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday. Coverage Distribution: 7% Left 726%Right 67% 3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png

Blindspot for the Right:

2020 weather disasters boosted by climate change: report The ten costliest weather disasters worldwide this year saw insured damages worth $150 billion, topping the figure for 2019 and reflecting a long-term impact of global warming, according to a report Monday. The same disasters claimed at least 3,500 lives and displaced more than 13.5 million people. Coverage Distribution: 7% Right Left 53% Center 40% 7 3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png

Blindspot for the Left:

Iran Warns Israel Against Crossing Red Line Amid Reports of Sub Deployment to Persian Gulf A spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry warned on Monday that Israel risked crossing a red line after media said that an Israeli submarine was sent to the Persian Gulf as a deterrent. Coverage Distribution: 11% Left 11% Center 33% Right 56% 3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png

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Split Reporting

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

Emancipation statue of Lincoln and slave taken down in Boston, to be relocated once new location is chosen
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What do the different news outlets focus on when reporting on this story?

Huffpost: Boston Removes Statue Of Slave Kneeling Before Lincoln

New York Times: Boston Removes Statue of Formerly Enslaved Man Kneeling Before Lincoln

CBS Local: Controversial Emancipation Group Statue Removed From Boston's Park Square

Breitbart: Boston Removes Lincoln Emancipation Memorial

Gateway Pundit: Boston Removes Statue of Lincoln That Celebrated Emancipating Slaves — Because He Was White

City of Boston vote quoting Frederick Douglass, 1876: "Admirable as is the monument by Mr. Ball in Lincoln park, it does not, as it seems to me, tell the whole truth, and perhaps no one monument could be made to tell the whole truth of any subject which it might be designed to illustrate."

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Methodology

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 non-profit 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.

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