A Blindspot TM is a news story that has political undertones and is disproportionately covered by media sources on one side of the political spectrum.
Every day, news outlets make decisions about what to publish.These decisions may be informed by traditional news values, what appeals to the audience and the inherent biases of the people making the decisions.
In polarized media environments, audience demographics can split coverage.This can lead to major discrepancies in how stories are covered, or if they’re covered at all.
Ground News uses patented technology to survey the media landscape so you can see stories beyond your bubble.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why are you promoting sensational stories with low factuality ratings?Our approach is to be transparent about what’s circulating in online echo chambers instead of being in the dark about misleading media narratives. By definition, Blindspot stories are predominantly covered by partisan sources. These sources may have lower factuality ratings and deliver sensational content. We sort these stories into a separate feed so readers can use it as a tool to think critically about this type of reporting and the power it has over the way people understand the world. Readers can click through to the full coverage of any Blindspot story to get insight into the reliability of the sources reporting.
Why should I care about or pay attention to sensational news stories?It can be very challenging to spot sensational media narratives when you have no other reference point for the information. The Blindspot feed puts sensational media narratives in plain sight so readers can dive deeper into the issues and think critically about what they are reading. It can be a resource for knowledge and discovery by exposing you to important news stories you might have missed, or it can help you practice empathy and understanding by allowing you to step into the media reality of someone you may disagree with in order to better understand where they’re coming from.
How do you prevent bias in the selection of stories Ground News chooses to feature?At Ground News we don’t write or publish news stories, but we do have to make decisions about how news stories are surfaced to our readers. We realize that bias plays a role in everything we do as humans so our policy is to be as transparent as possible about how our algorithms work. If you want to learn more about how Blindspot stories are selected for the feed, visit our Methodology page.