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“I like intelligent discussion of issues, which has become hard to find. The Flip Side fills this need for me.”
Get to the heart of one major news topic a day:
See who's being impacted, and the most prevalent viewpoints from both sides
Be able to defend your stance against the best arguments from the other side
Keep your own bias in check. Feel good knowing you’re not living in a filter bubble
How your daily email is made
We read news all day and argue all night — to make sure your 5 minutes are well spent.
Our politically diverse editorial team of liberals and conservatives start with:
What's being covered?
We scour 30+ publications to see what's making the top news.
What are people talkingabout?
Leverage tools like Newswhip, Blue Feed, Red Feed, and social media to see what’s trending.
Choose 1 topic (sometimes 2)
Must be substantive and/or offer fresh perspectives on a given topic.
Read. Read. Read.
Read all the recent op-eds and analyses on the topic/topics, and choose the most thoughtful and informative articles from each side. Here are the tools we use to determine our Left and Right categorizations:
Survey and analysis from the Pew Research Center
Survey and analysis from the Knight Foundation
Media bias ratings from AllSides
Media Bias/Fact Check
Berkman Klein Center study on the 2016 election coverage
In addition to the publications themselves, we also pay attention to the self-described and perceived political leanings of the authors we cite.
Choose the most representative and thought-provoking snippet
This is the fun part, where every article and snippet we choose is fact-checked, and approved by at least one liberal AND one conservative team member:
In your inbox—every weekday morning!
And we also add a light-hearted article to brighten your day :)
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"... gets me thinking more about right and wrong, instead of right and left."
“Huge time saver. Efficient. Concise. Fair.”
Our readers say they feel:
“...more optimistic seeing that sometimes both sides agree on something.”
“...helps me understand how different people are telling the same stories each week, without the hair-on-fire reactions.”
“...a bit like political meditation.”
Geoff Pallay Editor-in-chief of Ballotpedia
“In a time where it is hard to cut through the noise, I enjoy opening up The Flip Side each morning to see an aggregate collection of various viewpoints on major issues.”
Debra Mashek Executive Director, Heterodox Academy
“In a polarized world flooded with soundbites and quick takes, The Flip Side delivers daily a much-needed dose of constructive engagement with views from across the ideological spectrum. The Flip Side demonstrates the value of multiple perspectives when trying to understand the nuances of our complex world.”
Anthony Pennay Chief Learning Officer, Ronald Reagan Foundation
“In his farewell address, President Reagan cited the need for ‘an informed patriotism.’ Too often, informed in the modern world means fully immersed in a bubble. For our democracy to thrive, the next generation of citizens needs to be able to critically examine issues from multiple points of view. The Flip Side is a quick, easy way to develop that habit, and get beyond the bubble.”
Wake up to a more balanced view of the world tomorrow...
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The Flip Side is on a mission to help bridge the gap between liberals and conservatives.
We’re a one-stop shop for smart, concise summaries of political analysis from both conservative and liberal media. Our goal is to become a news source for liberals, moderates, independents, conservatives, and even the apolitical.
It’s hard to convince liberals to watch Fox or conservatives to watch MSNBC. But if everyone takes 5 minutes a day to read The Flip Side, we’ll have a starting point when talking to our friends and neighbors.