(UnitedVoice.com) – It’s becoming more difficult for conservative voices to break through the noise and talk with people of a different political persuasion. That’s why many conservative pundits, when given an opportunity, don’t hesitate to speak with moderate and liberal audiences. Unfortunately, those who may feel threatened don’t always receive the opportunities well.
Politico prides itself on being politically moderate and claims to offer a platform where views from both sides of the political spectrum have a voice. On Wednesday, January 13, the political news outlet based in Washington, DC, hosted left-wing commentator Chris Hayes of MSNBC on their popular newsletter, titled “Playbook.” Hayes is a very controversial figure who is known to promote conspiracy theories about the Right. On Thursday, some of the Politico staff broke out in objection when conservative Ben Shapiro was invited to contribute to the popular newsletter.
Politico Defends Its Invitation
According to reports, on Thursday, 225 participants from Politico objected to Shapiro’s presence in “Playbook” on a Zoom call with leaders from the online publication. However, unlike some organizations that buckle under vocal protests when conservatives make appearances, Politico did just the opposite. They refused to censor Shapiro and defended their decision to invite him.
Washington Post critic Erik Wemple posted on Twitter a statement from Politico. It appears that despite the backlash, there won’t be an apology from Politico. In fact, they doubled down and said a wide range of perspectives is needed.
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) January 14, 2021
Some Would Prefer to Define Conservatives
It’s not often that moderate or left-leaning publications invite a conservative to contribute. Cancel culture is real, and conservatives often feel the brunt of it at universities and in some of the media all too often. However, when given an opportunity to share with those who lean politically left, it’s generally a good thing. Instead of organizations telling their audiences about conservatives, it’s good for them to hear their views coming from them directly.
Often, Americans on opposing sides of the aisle learn they are not as far apart as the partisans portray. When conservatives and progressives dialogue together, inflammatory language is often toned down, and a consensus of ideas begins to emerge. When they agree to disagree, it generally comes from a place of respect.
Society could use more of that right now.
Perhaps we need more organizations to do what Politico did, despite not agreeing with or understanding conservatives?
It’s a good start.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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