Common Ground #25 🤝



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. 😊


New York Post (right): Gucci slammed for sweater that appears to resemble blackface

CNN (left): Gucci apologizes after social media users say sweater resembles blackface

Summary:  Recently, Gov. Northam (D-VA) admitted to wearing blackface in his college years, after a yearbook photo emerged. Both the left and right have reported on the developments and reactions to this troubling news. In the midst of this, Gucci released a sweater that resembles blackface. A source on the right and on the left source reported on the sweater in a similar fashion.

Evidence of Common Ground:

  • Both use the word “slammed” for the reaction to the company/sweater

  • Both include only extremely critical twitter responses about the sweater

  • Both include Gucci’s apology

Common Ground: 
Blackface is unacceptable


Washington Times (right): Juan Guaido wins support of Venezuela youth with age, vigor and Twitter outreach

CNN (left): The transformation of Juan Guaido, Venezuela's self-declared president

Summary: Authoritarian President Nicolas Maduro controls Venezuela, and the country is suffering from resource shortages due to his misrule. Many countries in the Americas and Europe have recognized the opposition leader, Juan Guaido, as the interim president. Both the left and right wrote articles praising Guaido in recent weeks.  

Evidence of Common Ground:

  • Both connect Guaido’s journey with a formative event of adversity- the deadly Vargas mudslides that destroyed his home as a child and killed thousands

  • CNN connects Guaido to the word hope twice

  • Washington Times includes people saying that he has a “down-to-earth-style” and a “meticulous and calm approach to... fast-moving events”

  • Both articles acknowledge the risk and fear involved in his opposition actions

  • Washington Times ends with the quote from a former teacher, “I believe we Venezuelans deserve what Juan is doing...”

Common Ground: 
Guaido is a strong, promising leader for Venezuela

That's not Gucci, Gucci.

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