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Blindspot Report

Good evening. It’s Tuesday, September 21st, and we’re shining a light on blindspots from across the political spectrum.

We’re looking at a new VA policy to restore benefits for LGTBQ veterans, a Times Square anti-vax protest, Facebook providing misinformation to misinformation researchers, and how different outlets are covering the treatment of Haitian migrants in Texas.

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VA: LGTBQ veterans discharged over sexual orientation to get full benefits
On Monday, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that those service members who received anything other than honorable discharges for their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status are eligible for full benefits. The announcement was made on the 10th anniversary of the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. The policy was put into place in February 1994 by former President Clinton.
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Distribution of 8 sources
Left 75% 25%
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Times Square stormed by anti-vaxxers protesting in NYC
The protest came as more than two-thirds of all New York City residents have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, health officials said.
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Right 100%
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Facebook reportedly provided inaccurate data to misinformation researchers
Facebook provided misinformation researchers with flawed and incomplete data about how users interacted with posts and links. The research group Social Science One had used the data for the past two years without knowledge of a serious flaw. The data only included interactions of approximately half of Facebook’s users in the United States, not all of them.
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Distribution of 6 sources
Left 83% 17%
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Book Says Zuckerberg Agreed to Not Fact Check Posts
Venture capitalist and Facebook board member Peter Thiel told an associate that Mark Zuckerberg agreed to not fact-check political posts if the Trump administration would steer clear of any “heavy-handed regulations”. The anecdote is revealed in, "The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley’s Pursuit of Power".
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Left 80% 20%

Poll of the Week
Should social media companies be responsible for fact-checking content posted on their platforms?
Check back next week for the results

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Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims
President Biden's top aides have allegedly created a "wall" to avoid having him speak at unscripted events or sitting down for long interviews in an effort to prevent potential gaffes, a new book says.
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14% Right 86%
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'Tell all of our family to get vaccinated': COVID kills 6 members of Glades family in 3 weeks
Six unvaccinated members of the Moreland family in Belle Glade, Florida died after contracting COVID-19 within a period of three weeks - first an uncle, then a grandmother, then cousins. More than 65 percent of Floridians are vaccinated, and death rates and the spread of the virus have begun to decline in the state after a brutal August, according to weekly COVID-19 data from Florida's Department of Health.
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Distribution of 17 sources
Left 59% Center 41%
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Migrant encounters over 200,000 again in August, as border surge continues
There were more than 200,000 migrant encounters at the southern border in August, a DHS source told Fox News on Wednesday, the second month in a row where the number has been over the 200,000 mark as migrants continue to attempt to enter the U.S.
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14% 22% Right 64%

Poll of the Week
Does the U.S. have an ethical responsibility to feed and shelter migrants fleeing economic, social, and political upheaval?
Check back next week for the results

Poll Results from Last Week
Should local police be encouraged to monitor the social media of people they stop and interview?
Should the U.S. continue drone strikes in Afghanistan?

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

This week's story

White House condemns border guard use of whip-like cord against Haitian migrants

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

Border patrol agent seen holding whip during encounter with Haitian migrants
Vice • LEFT
US Border Agents Are Removing Haitian Migrants With Horses and Whips
The Independent • LEFT
White House condemns ‘horrific’ video of Border Patrol chasing Haitians at border
Forbes • CENTER
Videos Capture Border Agents Aggressively Rounding Up Haitian Migrants—‘Horrible,’ White House’s Psaki Says
Uproar Over Mounted Border Agents Turning Back Haitian Migrants
Reuters • CENTER
White House condemns border guard use of whip-like cord against Haitian migrants
Fox News • RIGHT
Media peddles narrative horseback Border Patrol agents using 'whips' on Haitian migrants in Del Rio
The Blaze • RIGHT
White House calls misleading story about Border Patrol agents using whips on Haitian migrants 'horrible to watch'
The Telegraph • RIGHT
US sends in lasso-wielding police on horseback to turn back Haitian migrants

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