Google CEO Testifies on Capitol Hill, But Lawmakers Miss the Point

All eyes were on Google CEO Sundar Pichai as he traveled to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to testify on the company's privacy policies as well as perceptions that the platform is biased against conservatives. Unfortunately, lawmakers largely missed their opportunity, failing to get to the...
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George H. W. Bush and the Era of Civility

With the passing of George H. W. Bush, much has been made of the former president’s life and record, whether it be his foreign policy achievements or the public devotion he showed toward his family. But perhaps what's most striking is that the tributes continue to crisscross the political...
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'Find Your Perfect Mismatch': Learn How to Talk With Your Political Other

The problems and divides we see every day seem too big to solve. Politicians enrage us to fight. News media sensationalizes the worst extremes. And they all do this so well that we can't help but feel angry and disenchanted. But we can do something about it. Enter Mismatch , a program by...
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What Happens When a Biased Reader Meets a Biased News Source?

At AllSides, we believe that there is no such thing as unbiased news . But what about unbiased readers? A recent study conducted by the Knight Foundation lends credence to the idea that they might be in short supply, too. The research initiative, put on in partnership with Gallup, found...
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"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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Media Bias Fuels Political Violence in America. Can We Change?

A string of violent incidents in October further illuminated political polarization in America, raising serious concerns about how media bias contributes to hateful division — and how we must change this to heal our divide. In just the last two weeks, multiple incidents of political...
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Mail Bombs Sent to Prominent Democrats, Sparking Debate Around Civility in Politics

A suspect has been apprehended and charged with sending 13 pipe bombs to prominent Democrats as well as CNN, a crime spree that sparked fervor around the state of incivility in modern-era politics. Many have said President Trump shares much of the blame, particularly with his history of...
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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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How do I have a non-partisan Thanksgiving?

Happy Thanksgiving from the whole team at AllSides! As much as we all enjoy the delicious food, w e know that Thanksgiving is a time when you might see relatives that you haven't seen in a while. As everyone is sitting around the table, the conversation might turn to politics, and often,...
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Media Bias: Is it a Crime?

According to some, America is facing a new terrorist threat: the media. “CNN IS ISIS,” the sign reads. It’s a stunning accusation — particularly when considering that the media are expected to be a stronghold in American society, charged with holding government accountable. Is the nation’...
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Fight the Rage and Ignorance - That's What AllSides Is All About - Here Is What You Can Do

If you’ve tuned into the news within the last 24 hours, even if just for a cursory glance, you’ve most likely heard about the tragic shooting in Alexandria, VA – where a gunman opened fire on the GOP’s Congressional Baseball Game practice . But the most striking part of the recent press...
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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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