Common Ground #12 🤝

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Win McNamee / Getty Images

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. 😊


Fox News (right): Ohio cop gives boy with BB gun ‘life lesson,’ tells child he ‘could have killed’ him, video shows

Huffington Post: Ohio Cop Uses Words, Not Bullets On 11-Year-Old Carrying Realistic BB Gun

Summary: An Ohio cop received a call about two young black males with a gun. When he pulled up to the scene, he saw the boys with the gun, pulled his weapon, but quickly realized it was a bb gun when it hit the ground and broke. He did not shoot, but instead talked to them afterwards about how it could have ended in tragedy and why they needed to be more careful. The boys were 13 and 11-years-old. [bodycam video]

Evidence of common ground:

  • Both sources have interviews with the cop afterwards talking about his “millisecond” decision

  • Both outlets highlight how real the gun looked

  • HuffPost article includes quotes from members of the black community in Ohio praising the cop's restraint

  • Fox News includes interview footage of the cop saying he wants the young man to go on to “accomplish great things”

Common ground: 
This was a good example of restraint being exercised by a good cop 


Fox News (right): From Hillary to Elizabeth, Democratic distractions hurting the party in midterms

USA Today (left): Hillary Clinton denies Bill's affair with Monica Lewinsky was an 'abuse of power'

In an interview this week, Hillary defended Bill Clinton, saying he should not have resigned after the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal. She said Lewinsky was an “adult” and it was not an abuse of power. This struck both sides as serious hypocrisy from a supporter of the #MeToo movement.

Evidence of common ground:

  • Both articles focus on how young Lewinsky was at the time of the incident (22 yo)

  • Both articles highlight the power difference between Bill and Lewinsky

  • Fox News said Hillary sounded “tone-deaf”

  • USA Today said Hillary “quickly tried to change the conversation to President Donald Trump”

Common ground: 
Not a good moment for Hillary Clinton, a vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement

Fortunately, we averted this scenario



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