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Blindspot Report

April 21 - 27

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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MIT researchers: Risk of contracting COVID-19 indoors the same at 6ft and 60ft
The risk of contracting COVID-19 indoors is the same when socially distanced six feet apart and 60 feet apart, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) say. The study found that time spent inside, mask status, and air filtration were much more significant factors than social distancing.
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Distribution of 21 sources
10% Center 38% Right 52%
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130 Europe-bound migrants feared dead off Libyan coast
More than 100 Europe-bound migrants are feared dead in a shipwreck off Libya, independent rescue groups said.
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Left 50% Center 34% 16%
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UN Votes Iran to Women’s Rights Commission
The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) voted on April 21 to elect Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women, which is “exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.”. Iran received 43 out of 53 votes despite a poor record on women's rights as noted by Human Rights Watch.
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Bill Gates Draws Attention For Opposing To Share Vaccine Formula To Global Poor
Microsoft founder Bill Gates' name became a trending topic after he explained why he doesn’t believe sharing the COVID-19 vaccine formula will be helpful to the global poor. Lifting patent protections on COVID-19 vaccine technology and sharing recipes with the world to foster a massive ramp up in manufacturing and distribution would raise "very serious safety concerns", Gates said in an interview with Sky News.
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Virginia moving to eliminate all accelerated math courses before 11th grade as part of equity-focused plan
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is moving to eliminate all accelerated math options prior to 11th grade, effectively keeping higher-achieving students from advancing as they usually would in the school system. The initiative is intended to eliminate a current issue of students being ‘locked in' to their math track and being unable to get to calculus later on if they weren’t sufficiently accelerated in middle school.
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Distribution of 18 sources
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Middle East states dominate list of top executioners in 2020 - Amnesty
Apart from China and despite a worldwide drop in death sentences, countries in the Middle East remained among the world’s leading executioners last year, Amnesty International said Wednesday. The number of executions worldwide plummeted to its lowest level in over a decade, with at least 483 people executed in 2020, compared to 657 the previous year, as the coronavirus pandemic slowed criminal trials.
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Distribution of 21 sources
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Minneapolis’ George Floyd Square features special instructions for White people
White people wanting to visit George Floyd Square, the intersection where the 46-year-old Black man died last May, will need to heed special instructions. The posting of photos of the sign follows Chauvin's jury conviction last Tuesday on all three charges—second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter—in Floyd's death.
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Highlighting discrepancies between the reporting on stories across different news outlets.

This week's story

U.S. Embassies Will Fly Pride Flag

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

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Newt Gingrich: Gay Pride Flag At U.S. Embassies Is 'Deliberately Anti-American'
ABC News · LEFT
Biden admin. grants 'blanket authorization' to fly Pride flag at embassies
Business Insider · CENTER
Biden will allow US embassies worldwide to fly Pride flag, reversing a Trump administration decision
The Western Journal · RIGHT
Biden Admin's Sick Authorization Allows Embassies to Fly LGBT Flag on Same Pole as Old Glory
The Blaze · RIGHT
Biden admin grants authorization to fly LGBT pride flag at embassies on same official pole as American flag

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