Common Ground #17 🤝

Spec. Connor Mendez / Army

Spec. Connor Mendez / Army

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): Sadie Robertson: On Giving Tuesday, start your own family tradition and step into giving hope

NY Times (left): On Giving Tuesday, 'No Act of Giving Is Too Small' - The New York Times

Summary: Tuesday was officially 'Giving Tuesday', an idea started by a YMCA in New York City in response to the heavy consumerism push of both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The left focused on its history, while the right featured an op-ed by a popular young Christian social media figure.

Evidence of common ground:

  • NY Times includes quote that implies this is the antidote to Cyber Monday and Black Friday

  • Robertson (for Fox News) suggests this is a good pivot from the unhealthy temptation to compare your holiday gifts to other people’s gifts on social media

Common ground: 
During this (and future) holiday seasons, let’s help those in need rather than spiral into endless consumerism


Washington Examiner (right): 
As U.S. casualties mount in Afghanistan, skeptical Trump pins hope on Taliban talks

NY Times (left): 3 U.S. Soldiers Died in Afghanistan: Why This Fight Drags On

Summary: Three U.S. soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on Tuesday. This brings the death toll up to double digits for the year.  Both sides took the opportunity to look at the war again this week and expressed their dismay.

Evidence of common ground:

  • Washington Examiner says “casualties mount” and the NY Times says the “fight drags on”

  • Washington Examiner says Trump “reluctantly signed on to” the current strategy

  • NY Times says Trump is continuing with the current military strategy “only because ‘experts’” told him it was necessary

Common ground: 
The situation in Afghanistan is getting worse, not winding down, and this deserves our attention

One day you’re thankful, the next you're trampling people



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