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Blindspot Report

August 18 - 24

Good evening. It’s Tuesday, August 24th, and we’re shining a light on blindspots from across the political spectrum.

We’re looking at the ongoing effects of the U.S. pullout from Afghanistan, rain for the first time on Greenland's highest frozen peak and how different outlets are covering Cuomo's last minute pardons on his way out of office.

Also, we’re excited to announce a new section of the blindspot newsletter: “The Bright Spot”. This section highlights offbeat, unusual and downright bizarre news from around the world - scroll to the bottom of the newsletter to see what made the cut.

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China says U.S. army must be held accountable for Afghanistan actions
China's envoy to the U.N. in Geneva said on Tuesday that the U.S. army and the militaries of other coalition partners should be held accountable for alleged rights violations they committed in Afghanistan. "The US, UK, Australia and other countries must be held accountable for the violation of human rights committed by their military in Afghanistan and the evolution of this
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Distribution of 8 sources
Center 37% Right 63%

Poll of the Week
Is the world better off without a U.S. military presence in Afghanistan?
Check back next week for the results

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Rain fell at the normally snowy summit of Greenland for the first time on record
Rain fell at the highest point on the Greenland ice sheet last week for the first time on record. It is another worrying sign of warming for the ice sheet, already melting at an increasing rate. Melting from Greenland's ice sheet has caused around 25% of global sea level rise seen over the last few decades.
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Left 57% Center 34% 9
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Schiff After Meeting Intel Officials: ‘Very Unlikely’ We’ll Get All Americans Out Of Afghanistan By Deadline
Rep. Adam Schiff said Kabul's airport could be a target of terrorist attacks from ISIS-Khorasan and Al Qaeda. Schiff's remarks come as chaotic scenes have played out at the airport where thousands are still waiting to flee with country. The U.S. has evacuated more than 48,000 people from Kabul, at least 3,300 of whom are American citizens.
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12% 11% Right 77%
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Texas school district sidesteps governor’s mask ban by adding them to its dress code
The Paris Independent School District will require students to wear masks as part of its dress code. The board of trustees said it "believes the dress code can be used to mitigate communicable health issues". Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been fighting with local governments over masks for months.
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Left 49% 38% 13%

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Biden administration considering airstrikes in Afghanistan targeting American-made equipment
The Biden administration is reportedly considering launching airstrikes against American-made aircraft and other large equipment seized by the Taliban. The military option – which has not yet been ruled out – comes amid concerns that the aircraft, vehicles and weaponry could be used to kill Afghan civilians or fall into the hands of militants and U.S. adversaries.
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17% Right 83%
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House committee plans to seek phone records in probe of January 6, including from members of Congress
The House Select Committee is poised to send notices to various telecommunications companies requesting that they preserve phone records of several people, including members of Congress. Preserving communications records is the first step in an investigatory process that could eventually lead to witness testimony. The notices are set to go out as soon as this week and provide the first window into the kinds of information the committee plans to pursue.
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Left 63% 21% 16%
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FBI finds scant evidence U.S. Capitol attack was coordinated
The FBI has found scant evidence that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was the result of an organized plot to overturn the presidential election result, according to four current and former law enforcement officials.
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Distribution of 38 sources
16% 13% Right 71%

Poll Results from Last Week
Do you believe that the US has the responsibility of evacuating and admitting Afghans who worked for the US, or other other US organizations?
Do you approve of Joe Biden’s handling of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan?


Highlighting discrepancies between the reporting on stories across different news outlets.

This week's story

NY Gov. Cuomo grants clemency to 6, including Brink’s heist driver, hours before leaving office


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

New York Times · LEFT
Cuomo Commutes Sentences of 1981 Brink’s Robbery Participant and 4 Others
CBS Local · LEFT
Outgoing NY Gov. Cuomo Grants Clemency To Father Of SF DA Chesa Boudin
Associated Press News · CENTER
Cuomo gives clemency to 6, including dad of San Francisco DA
NY Gov. Cuomo grants clemency to 6, including Brink’s heist driver, hours before leaving office
Breitbart · RIGHT
Andrew Cuomo Grants Clemency to Former Weather Underground Militant, Father of San Francisco DA
Fox News · RIGHT
Cuomo commutes 4 convicted murderers' sentences in final hours as governor

Poll of the Week
Should Heads of State have the power to pardon those convicted of crimes?
Check back next week for the results

A palate cleanser of offbeat, unusual and downright bizarre news.
1. Scientists just published the first video evidence of a giant tortoise hunting, killing, and eating a baby bird on Frégate Island in the Seychelles
2. Sri Lanka bans 'drunk driving' of elephants in new law
3. A man relaxing in an Oklahoma river was mistaken for a dead body after rescue workers were called to retieve him
4. McDonald's has run out of milkshake in all UK restaurants, blaming supply chain issues

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.

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