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Blindspot Report

July 21 - 27

Good evening. It’s Tuesday, July 27th, and we’re shining a light on blindspots from across the political spectrum.

We’re looking at coverage of a major first in Montenegro, a former White House doctor's prediction, and how different outlets are covering PayPal's new research partnership with the Anti-Defamation League

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Harleen


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Afghan translator who worked for US Army reportedly beheaded by Taliban
Sohail Pardis, 32, worked as a translator for the US Army for 16 months. He was killed by the Taliban on May 12 while driving from Kabul to Khost province. He had been receiving death threats from the Taliban, who said he was a spy for the Americans.
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Distribution of 11 sources
9 9 Right 82%
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Poll of the Week
Do you think it is the right time for US to pull out of Afghanistan?
YES
NO
Check back next week for the results

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Conservative Montenegro registers 1st same-sex partnership
The announcement on Sunday is seen as a major step forward for the LGBTQ community. The strongly patriarchal nation last year passed a law allowing same-sex partnerships. Government Minister Tamara Srzentic says she is proud that the law has been used. The law gives same- sex couples equal rights as heterosexual ones, except over adopting children.
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Distribution of 8 sources
Left 50% Center 37% 13%
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Russia working on two new 'Doomsday planes' for use in nuclear war
Putin plans to build two new Ilyushin 96-400M’s to control troops and missiles. The planes are designed for the president and other top military, security and ministerial officials. The first of the new airborne command and control planes is now believed to be under construction and would be based on the design of Putin's current presidential jet.
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Distribution of 14 sources
21% 22% Right 57%
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Newsmax CEO: Biden 'should be applauded' for vaccine efforts
Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy penned an editorial on the conservative network's website on Tuesday praising President Biden. Ruddy noted Biden's relatively steady approval numbers during the pandemic, despite what he called "a bitter election and a polarizing political environment". He also applauded Biden for relaxing mask mandates for vaccinated Americans and pushing back on the idea of mandatory vaccinations.
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Distribution of 8 sources
Left 63% 24% 13%
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Ronny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign
Ronny Jackson, who now serves as Texas Republican congressman, said that he believes Biden is suffering a cognitive decline and could be on his way out one way or another. Jackson predicted that Biden will either be forced to resign or will face the 25th Amendment regarding whether he’s mentally fit to remain in office.
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Distribution of 21 sources
10% 19% Right 71%
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Poll of the Week
Do you believe that there should be a maximum age limit to run for President?
YES
NO
Check back next week for the results

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Activision Blizzard sued by California over 'frat boy' workplace culture
California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) is taking legal action against the company. DFEH made extensive allegations about an ingrained culture of discrimination and sexual harassment. Activision called the action "disgraceful and unprofessional". The company is one of the largest and most successful games companies.
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Distribution of 32 sources
Left 63% Center 34% 3
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Two-thirds want BLM riots probed, more than Jan. 6
66% of Likely U.S. Voters think Congress should investigate last year’s violent protests, in which more than 2,000 police officers suffered injuries in the line of duty. Democrats have been pushing for a partisan, witch-hunt-type investigation into the crowd of Trump supporters who were trespassing on federal property on January 6.
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Distribution of 14 sources
7 7 Right 86%
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Poll Results from Last Week
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Highlighting discrepancies between the reporting on stories across different news outlets.

This week's story

PayPal to research blocking transactions that fund hate groups, extremists

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

Haaretz · (Israel) · LEFT
Anti-Defamation League partners with PayPal to research how extremists share money online
prnewswire.com · (US) · CENTER
PayPal Partners with ADL to Fight Extremism and Protect Marginalized Communities
Forbes · (US) · CENTER
ADL Urges IRS To Investigate As It Warns Extremist Groups Exploit Being Registered As Charities
NewsBusters · (US) · RIGHT
Financial Blacklist Crisis: ADL Partners with Paypal to Ban ‘Hate’
The Federalist · (US) · RIGHT
PayPal Conspires With ADL To Decide Which Political Views Are OK
Russia Today · (Russia) · RIGHT
Countdown to Great Deplatforming part 2? PayPal partners with ADL against ‘extremism & hate’

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