"Angry Uncle Bot" Helps You Prep for Thanksgiving Political Talk

Here at AllSides, we've already provided you with 5 Ways to Handle Political Conversations at Thanksgiving Dinner . But what if you could practice beforehand? Our conversation tips for bridging divides include asking to listen, not to respond , exibiting genuine curiosity toward another...
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5 Ways to Handle Political Conversations at Thanksgiving Dinner

We often think of Thanksgiving as a time when we relax with family and friends, stuff ourselves silly — and maybe apologize for burning the casserole. But aside from all the revelry, Thanksgiving can also bring uncomfortable political conversations. Thanksgiving is truly a time when we’re...
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Google News is Heavily Biased — But It's Not Rigged

An extensive report by AllSides reveals Google News is biased against conservatives, but there is no evidence that Google News bias is intentionally rigged. In August, President Trump claimed Google is “rigged” against him, and that Google is “suppressing voices of conservatives.”...
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Deepfake: When You Can't Believe Your Eyes

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on The Town Line newspaper . Fake news. Fake videos. Fake photos. The way things are heading, the 21st century is likely to be known as the Fake Century, and it’s only going to get worse from here. About a year ago, I came across a short BBC...
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Tech Companies May Be Stifling Conservative Speech. Can They Change?

Differences in the way liberals and conservatives view appropriate speech affects what we see online — and can lead to silencing. The Department of Justice and state attorneys general met Tuesday to discuss whether social media companies are “intentionally stifling the free exchange of...
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Fact Check: Is Trump's Star Being Removed from the Walk of Fame?

Is Donald Trump's star being removed from the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Judging from many of today's headlines, you would think so. But any media consumers who read only the headlines might be misled. Take a look at the following headlines. You would think that Trump's star is being removed...
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INFOGRAPHIC: How Political Bias Fools Us

Republicans are wrong about Democrats. Democrats are wrong about Republicans. It turns out that Americans are not so good at determining how many people with certain characteristics belong to either of the major political parties. A study by scholars Douglas Ahler and Gaurav Sood that was...
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Black Lives, Blue Lives: Truth on Both Sides, Part I

Read Parts II , III and IV Lately the media has seemed inundated with reports of alleged police brutality. Now, the recent murders of policemen in Dallas and Baton Rouge add another wrinkle to this grave issue. Demonstrations against police racism vie against rallies to support slain...
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Trump and Sanders- More Alike than Different

Few people believe Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have much in common. But while Sanders and Trump may be polar opposites in some respects, they’re alike in some very fundamental ways. And their popularity is driven by some of the very same reasons. Congress' job approval rating is 16...
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Tolerating Opposing Voices Will Keep Our Spaces Safe

What does freedom mean to you? Do you think we should be free to speak our minds, or do you think we should we be free from hearing opinions that insult our beliefs? Are you willing to give up the right to express yourself if others find your thoughts offensive? In a satirical short video...
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Guess what? Left and Right are not our only political options

In the United States we’re given a conservative vs. liberal choice that’s supposed to make up the entire range of political opinion. The problem is, it doesn’t. As a result, Americans are funneled into a one-dimensional track that eliminates a whole spectrum of thought. One of the aims of...
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Why is Washington in debt? A non-partisan explanation

Few Americans think partisan bias affects their own reasoning. Yet many of us jump to prejudiced assumptions without even realizing it. Biased reasoning can sidetrack us or cause us to make illogical leaps that don’t actually support our premise. Take the federal deficit for example...
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Does Truth Take a Back Seat in the Media?

Trust in mass media is at an all-time low . According to a recent Gallup study, only 40% of today’s Americans believe that the news is reported “fully, accurately, and fairly” by the media. Many recognize that instead of seeking balance, the media’s goal is often to construe stories that...
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Brigade: Civil Dialogue or More Tribalism

Brigade makes it easy to jump in the pool of political engagement, but the pool is full of muck. Let's clean it up! What is Brigade? It is a new mobile app from Napster co-founder Sean Parker "that’s meant to quickly get regular people engaged in articulating and debating political...
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Should We Occupy Wall St. or Washington

Do America’s problems stem from big government or big business? Nearly all of us can agree that things are awry in America. Yet defining what’s gone wrong has resulted in finger-pointing and a clash of ideologies. One point of view comes from Occupy Wall Street. This Liberal-leaning group...
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AllSides of the Union

It's an American tradition. When the president weighs in how things are going in Washington and around the country, every word is debated and analyzed. Here's a snapshot of this week's views in the media. Snippets from the Right An Instantly Forgettable State of the Union Address , Town...
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This Week's Election Results

Contrast in news coverage is never more obvious than at election time. For example, after this week's elections, we noticed that the Right news sources typically led with Obamacare in their analysis, the Left talked about a rejection of the Tea Party and austerity, and we even saw a...
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3 Sides of the Government Shutdown

With a government shutdown in effect and the "Obamacare" health exchanges opening this week , a clamor of debate and outrage has been echoing across the news landscape. For some perspective, we've been bringing you Left, Center, and Right news and views on the government shutdown. What...
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Media Watchdog Awards from 2012

As 2012 comes to a close, some media watchdogs on the right and left have been announcing awards, but these are not the kinds of awards you want to win. Award from the Right On the right, media watchdog Media Research Center has a whole page of awards. Here's a highlight: MRC's "Never Let...
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