Daily Resource Highlight - 10/5/2020

Posted by on October 08, 2020 at 6:28 PM

Below are the highlights and featured resources of this past week’s Daily* Resource.

10/05/2020 -  Nobody Can Agree On The Facts….But Wait, That’s Not True

As Julie Mastrine of AllSides discusses in a recent blog post, “partisan media outlets can take the very same facts and data to spin vastly different stories and conclusions.” To illustrate her point, she gives several hot button issues and notes the established facts that left and right leaning media emphasize to paint wildly different pictures of the situation. For instance, were this summer’s Black Lives Matter protests peaceful or violent? On one hand, the vast majority of protests were peaceful (93%). On the other, several hundred protests turned violent over a three month period (550). 

This is not to say that everybody’s fact-based opinion should be given equal weight; people can still be wrong even if they have correct facts. It does show, however, how our understanding of the world can be limited by our choice of news sources, even if those sources tell the truth! (which is why regularly visiting AllSides is such a good idea!)

10/08/2020 - Stars and Strife: A Panel Discussion with David Brooks, Leon Panetta, and Others

The Bridge Alliance and Common Ground Committee are pleased to invite you to a panel discussion on Stars and Strife -- a documentary that explores rising anger and hate in American political culture. Register now to see the movie for free and reserve your spot for the discussion on Monday October 19th @ 7 PM ET.

The panel will be moderated by David Brooks, and will feature writer and director David Smick, former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta, BLM activist Hawk Newsome, and businesswoman Katherline Gehl. 

Common Ground Committee is known for producing high quality events with political icons from across the political spectrum. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience a CGC event without leaving the comfort of your home, and to ask some of the most powerful voices in America how we got here and how we can preserve our democratic republic for generations to come.

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