25 Sep '14, 4pm

How should funders and foundations deal with polarization?

How should funders and foundations deal with polarization?

The country lost the mediating power that these institutions had over public discourse, and in particular their ability to certify basic claims of fact. In their place came media outlets that reinforce polarization in order to profit from it. The center of gravity in the think-tank world shifted from the Brookings Institution—which prided itself on being a “university without students,” with deep roots in academia and with friends in Congress from both parties—to the Heritage Foundation, which was most closely affiliated with conservative social movements and the House Republican caucus. Liberals responded by building more assertively partisan organizations of their own, such as the Center for American Progress. These changes, combined with a broader segmentation of the American media landscape, have resulted in the creation of largely separate, partisan worlds of informat...

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Polarization in America is here to stay. What now?

Polarization in America is here to stay. What now?

grist.org 22 Sep '14, 6pm

By now, it’s obvious to everyone that U.S. political life has become extremely polarized . Not only are lawmakers further ...