Common Ground #21 🤝

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Quick reminder

We recently launched a new series called Common Ground. As a reminder, our goal with this series is to highlight the common values that left and right-leaning media outlets share. We're doing this because we want to remind our readers that not every topic is partisan and polarizing.
 

How will we do this?

We’ll take articles from the left and the right that seem to be telling a news story in the same way - and extract common values from them. We hope these common values spark a conversation of agreement with your neighbor on the other side of the aisle. 😊


TOPIC #2:

Fox News (right): Poet fears for his people as China ´Sinicizes´ Religion

NY Times (left): China’s Gulag for Muslims



Summary: 
The Uighur are a Muslim ethnic group from Western China that are being "imprisoned" in internment camps, where the government is trying to “re-educate” them. The Hui are the second largest ethnic group in China who are also facing discrimination, with schools closing and mosques under threat. Both the left and right have recently called out China for this large scale human rights abuse against Muslim minorities.


Evidence of common ground:

  • Fox News and NY Times use extreme language in titles (“fears for his people”, “gulag”), reminiscent of past crimes against humanity

  • Both list out various abuses by the Chinese state, including possibly a million people being held in internment camps





Common ground: 
The world needs to pay attention to this serious problem

TOPIC #1

Fox News (right): 
Mexican president proposes ‘free zone’ to attract investment, reduce migration to US

PRI (left): Mexican president hopes tax cuts will deter migration to the US


Summary:
 The new Mexican president plans to create an enticing economic zone in Northern Mexico designed to reduce illegal immigration into the US. He will make it enticing by cutting taxes and raising the minimum wage in the region. Both the left and right presented the news in a hopeful way.


Evidence of common ground:

  • Both titles focus on the Mexican president’s hopes for the plan, without spin

  • Both include praise: “it would reduce the incentive for Mexicans to migrate to the U.S.” (Fox News), “could spur investment” (PRI)

  • Both end with doubts: Fox News with a quote saying it will take a long time to see results and PRI with a quote saying it is only a presidential decree that could be removed at any moment

Common ground: This is a good idea with potential, but don’t hold your breath until we see real results


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