Common Ground #10 🤝

Associated Press

Associated Press

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. 😊


Slate (Left): The FBI's Brett Kavanaugh report could become public, without leaking.

Fox News (Right): Gregg Jarrett: Make the FBI's Kavanaugh report public

The FBI completed their report on Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual misconduct allegations. The Senate will look at it, but the report might remain confidential. In this example, both Fox News and Slate would like to see the report released to the public.

Evidence of common ground:

  • Fox News says “the American people deserve to see the report’

  • Slate calls it “information that just demands to be released”

Common ground:
 Freedom of information, please


NY Times (Left): Should Art Be a Battleground for Social Justice?

Breitbart (Right): Howie Mandel: Political Correctness Is Killing Comedy

Two recent articles discussed political correctness/social justice in art. While one was about comedian Howie Mandel’s opinion on political correctness in comedy and the other was critic Wesley Morris’s opinion on social justice in art, they both were in agreement on major points.

Evidence of common ground:

  • Both talk lovingly of older art that pushed the limits against what was “ok” to say

  • Both discuss the dangers of experimenting in the art world now

  • Both think that art would have more potential with more breathing room 

Common ground: Art should not be judged solely on today’s values. Some of the best art in history broke away from the values of their time. 

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