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Blindspot Report

Week of December 30 - Jan 5

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 right, you likely didn't hear that President Trump tried to call Georgia's Secretary of State 18 times before he finally connected. And if your politics bend to the left, you probably didn’t hear that the US imposed fresh sanctions on Iran this week.

This Week's Blindspots

Blindspot for the Left:

U.S. hits Iran with fresh sanctions in final weeks of Trump presidency - Treasury website The United States imposed fresh Iran-related sanctions targeting the steel sector on Tuesday, according to the Treasury Department's website, continuing to increase pressure on Tehran in the final weeks of Donald Trump's presidency. Coverage Distribution: 17% Left 17% Center 33% Right 50% 3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png

Blindspot for the Right:

Trump Tried to Call Georgia's Secretary of State 18 Times Before Saturday’s Chat, Says Report Trump made contact on Saturday after 18 unsuccessful attempts. He went on to urge Brad Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn the election result. Coverage Distribution: 17% Right Left 72% 1117% 3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png

Blindspot for the Left:

Peacekeeping mission in Sudan's Darfur ends, stoking fears The United Nations-African Union mission in Darfur is set to end 13 years of peacekeeping in the vast Sudanese region on Thursday, even as recent violent clashes leave residents fearful of new conflict. Fighting erupted in Darfur in 2003, when ethnic minority rebels rose up against the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum, which responded by recruiting and arming notorious Arab-dominated militia known as the Janjaweed. Coverage Distribution: 11% Left 11Center 56% Right 33% 3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png

Blindspot for the Right:

Private party app pulled from App Store by Apple ‘We are a secret party app. Gatherings every weekend’, text in a promotional video for the app read. The Vybe Together app urged users to ‘get your rebel on’ and meet up for gatherings despite the dangers of transmitting the virus. Coverage Distribution: 19% Right Left 44% Center 37% 19% 3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png

Blindspot for the Left:

Proposed House Rules Eliminate Gendered Terms Like ‘Father’ And ‘Daughter’ The Rules Package for the 117th Congress includes a proposal to replace gendered language referring to a representative’s family members with gender-neutral terms, House leaders announced Friday. Coverage Distribution: 0% Left 6Right 94% 3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png

Blindspot for the Right:

Moscow metro hires women drivers after rule changes Moscow's metro says it has hired its first female train drivers since controversial rules banning women from certain jobs were lifted last year. The trains were historically operated by men because the work was listed on the government's register of jobs deemed harmful to women's health. Coverage Distribution: 0% Right Left 57% Center 43% 3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png

Something we'd like to recommend this week again:

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Split Reporting

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

Rep. Cleaver ends opening prayer for new Congress: ‘Amen and awoman’
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What do the different news outlets focus on when reporting on this story?

Global News: ‘Amen and Awomen’: U.S. Congressman mocked for gendered prayer finale

The Independent: Democrat lawmaker’s gender inclusive ‘amen and awoman’ congressional prayer causes stir

IBTimes: Conservatives Slam Democrat's 'Awoman' Phrase In Congress' Opening Prayer

Washington Times: ‘Unbelievable’ : House Democrat’s opening prayer ends with ‘amen and a-woman’

Daily Wire: ‘Amen And Awoman’: Minister Invokes Hindu God , Offers Gender Lesson During Opening Prayer For 117th Congress

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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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