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Blindspot Report

Week of December 9-15

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.

Pardon the one day delay in the Blindspot Report this week. It was prompted by the outages in Gmail yesterday.

If your politics lean left, you likely didn't hear that a major leak of Chinese Communist Party members' database shows party members in executive positions at foreign institutions across the West. And if your politics bend to the right, you probably didn’t hear that contractors on President Trump's border wall were allegedly bringing over Mexicans illegally to guard the wall construction sites.

This Week's Blindspots

Blindspot for the Right:

U.S. Hits 300,000 Covid Deaths, Nearly 1 In Every 1,000 Americans The number of coronavirus deaths in the United States crossed 300,000 on Monday, according to Reuters tally, as the hardest hit nation rolled out its first vaccine inoculations on Monday. Coverage Distribution: 16% Right Left 38% Center 46% 16% 3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png

Blindspot for the Left:

Major leak 'exposes' members and 'lifts the lid' on the Chinese Communist Party An extraordinary leaked database of 1.95 million registered CCP members reveals members who are now working all over the world. The leak contains names and personal information of senior employees at foreign institutions as well as staff of foreign consulates in Shanghai. Coverage Distribution: 10% Left 10 13% Right 77% 3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png

Blindspot for the Right:

UK eases restrictions on gay and bisexual blood donors British officials will roll back some restrictions on gay and bisexual men donating blood beginning in 2021, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced Monday. A campaigner who vowed to repay the eight pints of blood that saved his grandfather's life says the policy is "much fairer". Coverage Distribution: 15% Right Left 54% Center 31% 15% 3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png

Blindspot for the Left:

Cuomo's office a 'toxic' work environment, people 'deathly afraid of him,' former aide says New York City politico Lindsey Boylan said on Twitter Saturday that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office was the "most toxic team environment" and that people were "deathly afraid of him." Coverage Distribution: 0% Left Right 100% 3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png

Blindspot for the Right:

Armed Mexicans Were Smuggled In to Guard Border Wall, Whistle-Blowers Say In a complaint unsealed on Friday, whistle-blowers working on President Trump’s wall said that contractors were illegally bringing in Mexican guards to protect construction sites. Coverage Distribution: 0% Right Left 92% 8% 3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png3c262c56-7d31-4ef4-9c8c-6a18c7541ae1.png

Blindspot for the Left:

Iranian teenager who posted distorted pictures of herself is jailed for 10 years Instagram star Sahar Tabar says she is still hoping for a pardon after conviction for corrupting young people. An Iranian woman who posted heavily distorted images of herself online has been sentenced to 10 years in jail, her lawyer has said, a year after she was arrested over her social media activities. Coverage Distribution: 13% Left 13% 20% Right 67% 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:

Lincoln Project Co-Founder reaches out to AOC with proposal to work together despite differences
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What do the different news outlets focus on when reporting on this story?

Newsweek: Lincoln Project founder asks AOC to work with his GOP anti-Trump organization asks AOC to work with his GOP anti-Trump organization

Yahoo News: Lincoln Project Co-Founder to Alexandrio Ocasio-Cortez: ‘We Need to Work Together’ or We’ll ‘Lose America’

Political Wire: A Proposal to Save America

RedState: Thirsty Lincoln Project Founder Simps For Ocasio

PJ Media: Never Trumper Steve Schmidt's Embarrassing Love Letter to AOC

Steve Schmidt (original message via Twitter): I would like to officially reach out to @AOC on behalf of the @ProjectLincoln in defense of democracy. We disagree on many issues and that is ok in our view. Btw, we don’t look down on waitresses. We admire them. We are all the types of guys who always tip at 50% or more.

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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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