Common Ground #22 🤝

Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

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:

New York Post (right): Federal workers flood GoFundMe amid shutdown

Time (left): 'Rent doesn’t get furloughed.' Federal workers are missing their first paychecks as the shutdown drags on


Summary:  
December 28th was the last time many Federal Employees were paid, as the government shut down wears on into its third week. While the left and right argue about who’s at fault and what the solution is, both sides took time to look at the struggles of the 800,000 unpaid Federal employees.  
 



Evidence of Common Ground:

  • New York Post describes people needing to pay for baby formula and mortgages 

  • Time describes federal employees considering part-time jobs to make ends meet and wondering if they are going to be evicted for late rent

  • New York Post mentions GoFundMe accounts for some federal employees, but that most aren't making enough money to support the employees at this time


Common Ground
: Let's not forget about the people affected by this political impasse

TOPIC #1

Fox News (right): 
Accusations spread of Dem misinformation campaigns on Facebook, as tables turn

New York Times (left): Posing as prohibitionists, 2nd effort used online fakery in Alabama race

Summary: Alabama had a close election race in 2017, with Doug Jones (D) defeating Roy Moore (R). Recently, Democrat operatives were found to have used social media to spread misinformation through “false flag” operations. In efforts to deceive the public about Moore's platform/friends, they impersonated Russian accounts and an alcoholic prohibition group supporting Moore. Both the left and the right showed alarm at these tactics.
 

Evidence of Common Ground:

  • Both titles call out the operation for its lying (“Fakery”, “Misinformation campaigns”)

  • Both connect methods to Russian tactics in the most recent election

  • NYT says “there is no doubt the progressive Democrats who created the now-defunct Facebook pages… were trying to deceive voters”

  • Fox News has video embedded in the article in which Karl Rove calls this “really dangerous stuff”


Common Ground
: This is what Russia did to America – it shouldn't be what America does to itself


What, we can only imagine, the impersonators felt like


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