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You'll get to the heart of one or two major news topics a day, and:

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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 talking about?
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
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/or thought-provoking snippet(s) from each article
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:
Add a light-hearted article to brighten your day :)
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Our Mission

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.