Common Ground #8 🤝

Vahid Salemi / AP

Vahid Salemi / AP

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. 😊


National Review (Right): The Risks of American Intervention in Venezuela

NY Times (Left): Stay Out of Venezuela, Mr. Trump

Summary: Venezuela under the Maduro government, a socialist successor to Hugo Chavez, is facing extreme problems. Currency inflation is out of control and basic necessities are lacking.  Many Venezuelans are fleeing to Colombia and Brazil. According to the NY Times, Trump officials met with Venezuelan opposition leaders and ultimately decided against assisting them. 

Evidence of common ground:

  • Both titles immediately reject the idea of American intervention

  • Both sides state that intervention would likely cause regional resentment in South America

  • Finally, both imply that a coup could cause a stronger backlash within Venezuela

Common ground: Maduro is bad news, but American intervention is not the answer


Fox News (Right). Haley says Iran is 'feeling the pain' from Trump's revived sanctions: 'We are suffocating them'

NY Times (Left): Trump Hit Iran With Oil Sanctions. So Far, They’re Working.

Summary: Iran’s nuclear program causes global concern. The Obama administration (with other nations) signed the Iran Nuclear Deal to slow this program. Trump recently pulled out of the deal and reimposed sanctions on the country, his own method of addressing this issue. We are beginning to see the effects of Trump’s actions, and the left and right are starting to agree on the impact of Trump's decision.

Evidence of common ground:

  • Both titles indicate that the sanctions are working

  • The right has generally supported Trump in this decision overall

  • NY Times agrees Iran is hurting and adds that other countries that were initially committed to the deal are now bailing

Common ground: Trump may have a foreign policy success here. Thoughtful sanctions can be effective




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