Common Ground #11 🤝

Yuri Gripas / Reuters

Yuri Gripas / Reuters

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. 😊


CNN (left): George W. Bush announces wedding of his daughter

Fox News (right): Barbara Bush marries Craig Louis Coyne in private ceremony

 Barbara Bush, daughter of George W. Bush, married in a private ceremony in Maine this weekend. Both the left and the right reported on it with little to no spin, just good vibes.

Evidence of common ground:

  • Both outlets stick to commenting on the details of the wedding (who, what, where) and avoid getting into politics

  • Both include happy family pictures and quotes from the family

  • The final quotes in both pieces are positive quotes about Barbara or about the relationship

Common ground: Even if we don’t always celebrate politician’s actions, we can celebrate good moments in their personal/family lives


Washington Post (left): Eric Holder: ‘When they go low, we kick them. That’s what this new Democratic Party is about.'

Fox News (right): Eric Holder rejects Michelle Obama's call for civility: 'When they go low, we kick 'em'

During the 2016 campaign season, Michelle Obama said: “When they go low, we go high.” At a campaign event in Georgia, former Attorney General Eric Holder referred to Michelle Obama's statement and modified it to: “When they go low, we kick them” [video]. Both the left and the right took issue with Holder’s statement.

Evidence of common ground:

  • WaPo describes it as an “allusion to metaphorical violence”

  • Fox News calls it a rejection of “civility” in the title

  • WaPo compares it to earlier violent rhetoric at Trump rallies

  • WaPo piece includes tweets that tie this rhetoric to stronger threats of violence against politicians

  • Fox News also ties this to stronger threats of violence against politicians with the inclusion of quotes by Rand Paul about what he and his family are going through

Common ground: 
We need more civility in politics; Michelle Obama had a better strategy

Side note: George and Michelle are apparently bffs...aww



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