Common Ground #14 🤝

Matt Rourke / Associated Press

Matt Rourke / 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. 😊


Fox News (right): Pittsburgh residents mourning after mass shooting, sound off on gun control

ABC News (left): After Pittsburgh shooting in Mr. Rogers' real-life neighborhood, Squirrel Hill neighbors follow his lead

Summary: On Saturday, eleven Jewish worshippers were shot dead in Pittsburgh in the deadliest anti-semitic attack on American soil. While there was polarization over gun control and the role of Trump’s rhetoric, both sides made note of the common values that could help heal a community afterwards through a famous resident - Mr. Rogers.

Evidence of common ground:

  • Fox News interviewed a local and said the following: “He [the Pittsburgh resident] added that in the city of Mr. Rogers, 'for every one person you see doing something hateful, there are hundreds who are trying to help.'"

  • ABC News reported that one of the blood donors after the shooting wore a shirt that said “I will be your neighbor.”

  • ABC added: "A house nearby had a sign that captured the spirit of Fred Rogers. ‘No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.’”

Common ground: Mr. Roger’s neighborly values are a helpful rallying cry to a shocked and mourning community


Washington Times (right): Americans overwhelmingly fear foreign meddling in the midterm elections, survey shows

VOX (left): The hacking threat to the midterms is huge. And technology won’t protect us.

Summary: Two years after Russia meddled in the 2016 election, Americans and the media are afraid it might happen again. Both left and right-leaning media have recently written about the threat in the run-up to this year’s midterm elections taking place on Tuesday.

Evidence of common ground:

  • Washington Times says there is “not much faith the federal government ‘is making serious efforts to protect electoral systems’”

  • Washington Times says “foreign hacking fears cut across partisan lines”

  • Vox says “the country’s election infrastructure has improved, but not by much, and things are going to get worse before they get better”

Common ground: The government has not responded sufficiently to election hacking and we need better safeguards

Mr. Rogers 💯



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