Common Ground #3 🤝

  Jennifer Stewart / Getty Images

 Jennifer Stewart / Getty Images

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. 😊



Summary: John McCain is a Republican US Senator and war hero who spent 5+ years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Trump failed to recognize McCain when signing a defense bill named after him. McCain and Trump have often not seen eye-to-eye.

Evidence of common ground:

  • Both articles call out the snub in the title
  • Neither outlets include a comment from the Trump administration or offer any quotes defending him
  • Both articles quote Democrat John Kerry’s admiration for his friend and condemnation of the snub

Common ground: McCain is a man worthy of recognition and it’s cool when former Senators cross the aisle to give respect

Summary: A year after a white supremacist rally in which Heather Heyer was killed, an anniversary rally was held. News sources on both sides covered the responses of people connected to the event, either personally or politically.

Evidence of common ground:

  • Both outlets explicitly condemned racism and white supremacy
  • Both acknowledged problems facing minorities/fighting for minorities
  • Both used the pronoun “we” when talking about fixing these problems

Common ground: White supremacy should be condemned and we should come together to make America better

When you finally agree


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