Common Ground #5 🤝



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. 😊


Breitbart (Right): Snapchat Apologizes for Map Labeling New York City ‘Jewtropolis’

Buzzfeed (Left): People Were Outraged After "New York City" Was Replaced With "Jewtropolis" On Snapchat's Snap Map

Summary: Snapchat and a few other apps (such as CitiBike) labeled New York City as “Jewtropolis” on their maps recently.  This was caused by third-party mapping database OpenStreetMap. OpenStreetMap is open-source and one of its users made the racist edit.

Evidence of common ground:

  • Both include tweets from upset people, hoping it was a hack
  • Both identify that it was a user of OpenStreetMap who did this and that the mapping service is an open-source project
  • Both show that this user could have been caught earlier 

Common ground: This was a bad moment for the apps affected, and they are lagging in preventing the problems associated with open source editing


Fox News (Right): John McCain and Aretha Franklin were icons embraced by America

CNN (Left): The significance of lying in state

Summary: John McCain, a war hero + politician, and Aretha Franklin, an influential singer/songwriter, died this month. Two opinion pieces addressed both of their legacies and had much in common, despite being from typically opposing news sites.

Evidence of common ground:

  • CNN calls them “our great leaders”; Fox News calls them “icons embraced by America”
  • Both discuss the long lines waiting to pay their respects
  • Though the content is different, both pieces use similar language in discussing the two and bring up the nation’s emotional reaction to their deaths

Common ground: There is such a thing as American heroes, loved across the spectrum, and these are two of them

Hacking into the long weekend



Share this story!