According to our new study*, hyper-partisan politicians received more than 4x the news coverage bipartisan problem solvers did around the 2022 midterm elections.
We get it — media is a business, conflict drives views, and partisanship is a necessary part of politics. But when Americans don’t see stories about what’s working, including politicians cooperating across the aisle to solve problems, it deepens our divisions and undermines our democracy.
At Starts With Us, we’re building a community — already 1.4 million followers strong — hungry to see, share, and be inspired by those stories… but we need the media to tell them.
So we’re calling on the top TV and online news sources analyzed in our study to join us in overcoming the cycle of division by:
1. Interviewing one bipartisan problem solver on prime time or their homepage by the end of April 2023
2. Committing to a recurring prime time segment or homepage column that elevates successful bipartisanship by July 4, 2023
Starts With Us commits to amplifying these placements and continuing to build an audience for stories that showcase courageous collaboration across the aisle.
This information is part of a campaign to raise awareness of the cooperative problem solving happening across America. Starts With Us is not affiliated with any political campaign or party, and this is not an endorsement or statement of opposition to any politician or party.
Study conducted in partnership with the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University and Common Ground Committee.