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Blindspot Report

Week of Jan 13-19

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 bend to the left, you probably didn’t hear that AOC took to Instagram to say that for the country to heal it'll require the 'actual liberation of Southern states'. And if your politics lean right, you likely didn't hear that a review of over 13,000 protests shows that police are three times as likely to use force against leftwing protestors than rightwing ones.

This Week's Blindspots

Blindspot for the Right:

US police three times as likely to use force against leftwing protesters, report from US Crisis Monitor finds Law enforcement responses to more than 13,000 protests show a clear disparity in responses, new statistics show. Police used teargas, rubber bullets, beatings with batons and other force against demonstrators at 511 leftwing protests and 33 rightwing protests since April, according to updated data made public this week. However, the report also showed the vast majority of the thousands of protests across the US in the past year have been peaceful, and that most protests by both the left and the right were not met with any violent response by law enforcement. Coverage Distribution: 0% Right Left 60% Center 40% 3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png

Blindspot for the Left:

AOC: Country will heal with the 'actual liberation of southern states' from GOP control Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., took to Instagram on Tuesday night and suggested that the states in the GOP-controlled south need to be "liberated." AOC cited the recent Senate wins by Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff as proof that Southern states that traditionally vote Republican like Georgia are not red states, but that the vote there is suppressed. Coverage Distribution: 0% Left Right 100% 3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png

Blindspot for the Right:

U.S. asks Australia to scrap proposed laws to make Facebook, Google pay for news The U.S. government has asked Australia to scrap proposed laws that will make it the first country in the world to force Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google to pay for news sourced from local media outlets. Assistant U.S. trade representatives Daniel Bahar and Karl Ehlers suggested Australia "suspend" the plans. Coverage Distribution: 10% Right Left 50% Center 40% 10 3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png

Blindspot for the Left:

Taliban cracks down on 'costly' polygamy The leader of the Taliban in Afghanistan has issued a decree urging the group's leaders and commanders to forego taking multiple wives, which he said was inviting "criticism from our enemies". Coverage Distribution: 14% Left 14% Center 29% Right 57% 3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png

Blindspot for the Right:

Ivanka Trump's global women's program halfway toward goal Ivanka Trump's global women's development program is about halfway toward its goal of helping 50 million women in developing countries advance economically by 2025. Coverage Distribution: 13% Right Left 50% Center 37% 13% 3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png

Blindspot for the Left:

Iranian missiles land within 20 miles of ship, 100 miles from Nimitz strike group in Indian Ocean: officials Long-range missiles from Iran splashed down dangerously close to a commercial ship in the Indian Ocean Saturday and 100 miles from the Nimitz aircraft carrier strike group. Coverage Distribution: 0% Left 12% Right 88% 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:

Man who claims to be a journalist arrested after filming Capitol breach, cheering on rioters
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What do the different news outlets focus on when reporting on this story?

The Intercept: John Sullivan , Who Filmed Shooting of Ashli Babbitt in Capitol, Detained on Federal Charges

Associated Press: Utah activist who filmed Capitol shooting booked into jail

Yahoo News: ‘I Don’t Think She Deserved to Die’: Black Activist Who Filmed Ashli Babbitt Shooting Speaks Out

Newsweek: Who is John Sullivan? Left-wing activist charged in Capitol riot

Washington Examiner: BLM activist charged for participation in storming of Capitol

WND: Arrest in Capitol siege – anarchist!

The Gateway Pundit: FBI Arrests Antifa Leader John Sullivan in Utah After Storming US Capitol

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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 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.

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