Common Ground #6 🤝

Ricardo Moraes / Reuters

Ricardo Moraes / 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. 😊


Fox News (Right): Researchers hope some objects survived Brazil museum fire

Washington Post (Left): Brazil’s museum fire is a global tragedy

Summary: On Sunday, a fire engulfed Rio de Janeiro’s 200-year-old National Museum. The fire, whose cause is yet to be determined, destroyed over 18 million artifacts including Egyptian mummies, dinosaur fossils, and the oldest human fossil found in the region.

Evidence of common ground:

  • Both sides suggest that a lack of government funding from Brazil’s political instability and a weak economy are to blame

  • Both articles mention that, in spite of the loss of history, researchers are optimistic about recovering artifacts that may have survived the fires

Common ground:
 The fire is a blow to Brazil’s cultural history and the Americas’ anthropological history, and proves to be a lesson to invest more in infrastructure


NYT (Left): No More Grandstanding. Ask Kavanaugh Better Questions.

Fox News (Right): Kavanaugh proves he will not be Democrats’ punching bag despite two days of partisan pummeling

Summary: This week, the Senate is holding confirmation hearings for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. During questioning, Democrats focused on what Kavanaugh’s ideological stances on topics like abortion are rather than why he holds them.

Evidence of common ground:

  • Both sides call out Democrats by using the term “grandstanding"

  • Though the Fox News article is more critical of Dems than the NYT one, both pieces conclude that Kavanaugh has great potential to be a fair Supreme Court justice

  • Both articles point out that Kavanaugh’s hearings are garnering media buzz simply because Trump voted him in

Common ground: Despite differences in ideology, we should give people a fair shot, without prejudice

Hacking into the long weekend



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