Common Ground #2 🤝

Juan Barreto / AFP/ Getty Images

Juan Barreto / AFP/ Getty Images

We're back with a new series

Last week, we launched a new series called Common Ground. The overall response from you all was quite positive! Thanks to all who provided feedback. As a reminder, our goal with this series is to highlight the common values that left and right-leaning media 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. 😊

Summary: Facebook is talking with major banks in order to get information on its users, such as account balances and card transactions. Facebook maintains that this is not for ads or for third parties. The revelation boosted FB stock on Monday.

Evidence of common ground:

  • Both outlets remind readers of the Cambridge Analytica scandal from earlier this year 
  • Both bring up privacy concerns
  • Both articles position Facebook as a vulture of private customer data, rather than framing it in Facebook’s lens: trying to enhance customer experience

Common value: Privacy is important and regardless of the intention, Facebook might be in danger of overstepping again

Summary: There was an explosive drone attack against Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro on Saturday. Both the left and the right-leaning media gave some background on the alarming state of Venezuela and Maduro’s possible actions after the attack. 

Evidence of common ground:

  • Both outlets seems to question whether this was a real assassination attempt at all
  • Both took the opportunity to tie his administration to hyperinflation and food shortages  
  • Both discuss how Maduro will use this incident to crack down on the opposition

Common value: One-party states are bad news, and Maduro is terrible for Venezuela

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