Common Ground #19 🤝

Brad Penner / USA TODAY Sports

Brad Penner / USA TODAY Sports

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. 😊


TOPIC #2:

Daily Wire (right): WATCH: Researcher Says First Gene-Edited Babies Born; Fellow Scientists Condemn His 'Unethical' Actions

NPR (left): Chinese Scientist Says He's First To Create Genetically Modified Babies Using CRISPR

Summary: A Chinese scientist claims to have created the first gene-edited babies. The scientist claims to have successfully made babies resistant to their father’s HIV by taking an embryo and modifying its DNA using the gene-editing CRISPR technique. While it may sound like a leap forward, the left and the right did not hail this as a scientific victory.


Evidence of common ground:

  • Daily Wire includes condemnation of other scientists directly in the title

  • NPR includes quotes from five different scientists condemning it as unnecessary, questionable, or unethical

  • Both sides say the scientist may have misled authorities and possibly broken Chinese law


Common ground: 
If true, this ground-breaking event is still ethically questionable and humanity should tread carefully

TOPIC #1

Fox News (right): 
Steph Curry says he doesn't believe in US moon landings: report

CNN (left): NASA to NBA star Steph Curry: Yes, we went to the moon, and we can prove it

Summary: This week, Steph Curry cast doubt on whether Americans really landed on the moon. He joins flat-earther and fellow basketball star Kyrie Irving in recently stirring up planetary conspiracy. NASA, the left, and the right joined in a collective: “come on!”



Evidence of common ground:

  • Fox says “He’s been known to take long distance shots, but this one might be the farthest out there”

  • Fox says Curry made his comment “despite insurmountable evidence to the contrary”

  • CNN quotes NASA contradicting Curry in their title

  • CNN says NASA “stepped in.. to school the two-time NBA MVP on the facts”

Common ground: Doubting the moon landing is going too far


A baby with the stanky leg gene-edit


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