There’s no question that “fake news” is a problem in today’s society, and social media makes it so easy to spread this misinformation and media bias to unsuspecting people. Given that this news can have huge political implications when people head to the polls, it is more important than ever to make sure that you’re getting the real story.
Sure, if you watch MSNBC or Fox News, you know that the stories they report are going to lean in their respective favor, but when you’re consuming content online, it’s not always as cut and dry. So what can you do to stay informed?
Enter Ground News Pro, the world’s first news source comparison platform. Essentially, they compare how trending stories are being covered by thousands of sources from across the political spectrum and from around the world, helping users understand the news objectively based on media bias, geographic location, and time.
A good example of how Ground News Pro works is by looking at their Blindspot Report. If your politics lean left, you likely don’t know CNN’s Don Lemon and Rick Wilson mocked supporters of President Donald Trump on air last week, as only 29% of left sites covered it. And if you’re more conservative, you probably don’t know that part of President Trump’s border wall fell over due to high winds, as only 12.5% of right sites covered it.
Therein lies the problem, and Ground News Pro is the solution. Drawing from over 40K media outlets worldwide and featuring an average of 30K news stories per day, they empower readers to arrive at the truth themselves. For each news story, they find dozens of publications across the political spectrum and from around the world covering the same event. Readers can get a comprehensive view of what’s being said quickly, who is saying it, how it’s being presented, and where and when in the world it was published or aired.
Each media outlet is categorized based on bias data provided by three third-party nonprofits dedicated to monitoring and rating news sources along the political spectrum. Each news story is tracked from start to finish, and diverging narratives are clearly identified. International stories of importance are shown with coverage from multiple countries including uninvolved parties, to get as close to the unaltered truth as possible.
“Just a few years ago, you could read three newspapers or watch three cable networks and make sense of the news on your own because you knew the political leanings of the media outlets,” said Harleen Kaur, the co-founder and CEO of Ground News. “But the boom in online news sources and the rise in clickbait and deliberately deceptive news is making it harder than ever to grasp what is truly happening.”
This video helps show you how Ground News Pro works:
While the Ground News app is available for free to compare news items and check news source profile, if you want access to advanced features like comparison of headlines and summary per news source, sorting by bias, time, and location, coverage analysis and tracking your own news bias, you have to upgrade to the Pro service, which costs $0.99/mo or $9.99/yr.
Given that the presidential elections are right around the corner, there’s no better time than now to make sure that you get out of news filter bubbles and get the information you need to make an informed decision when you hit the polls.
If you’d like to try Ground News Pro free for 30 days, simply use the code GuysGab when you sign up. This’ll give you plenty of time to try out this tool for yourself and see what you think of it. I implore you to try out Ground News Pro and see the news more clearly in 2020.