Common Ground #15 🤝

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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. 😊


Washington Examiner (right): In Maj. Brent Taylor, an example of American exceptionalism

NY Times (left): Brent Taylor, Utah Mayor Killed in Afghanistan, Was on 4th Deployment

Summary: Brett Taylor was the mayor of North Ogden, Utah, and a member of the Utah National Guard. He was killed in action last weekend in Afghanistan. It was his fourth deployment with the Utah National Guard. Both sides applauded his heroism and service.

Evidence of common ground:

  • Washington Examiner says his “choice of hard service, even as his family and political career grew, is striking”. 

  • NY Times similarly juxtaposes his service as a mayor with his service in the military

  • Neither source highlights his political leaning

  • NY Times ends with a facebook post by Taylor saying “whether the Republicans or the Democrats win, [may] we all remember that we have far more as Americans that unites us than divides us.”

Common ground: Extraordinary service transcends divisions


Breitbart (right): ‘This is Disgusting!’ NBC Under Fire After Mocking War Veteran and GOP Candidate Dan Crenshaw

CNN (left): 'SNL's' Pete Davidson mocks candidate who lost an eye in Afghanistan IED blast

Summary: In a recent SNL segment, comedian Pete Davidson was giving his take on the appearances of political candidates in this year’s midterm elections. Candidate Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), who wears an eyepatch due to a war injury, was not spared. Davidson made fun of his appearance and then said “I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in a war, or whatever. Whatever.” Both left and right media sources criticized Davidson. [video]

Evidence of common ground:

  • Both sources include information about how Dan Crenshaw lost his eye due to an IED while serving in Afghanistan

  • CNN included only critical quotes from Crenshaw and the National Republican Congressional Committee

  • Breitbart said “outrage over the joke came from all sides of the political aisle”

Common ground: Making fun of injured veterans is bad form

Per Maj. Taylor, can we have more of this?



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