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Media Manipulation Blog | 04.19.18

“Viewpoint Diversity” and the Illusion of an Impartial Center

Caroline Jack, Becca Lewis, Kinjal Dave

For the Media Manipulation Blog, Postdoctoral Scholar Caroline Jack, Researcher Becca Lewis, and Research Assistant Kinjal Dave contemplate “viewpoint diversity.”

“The CEOs’ comments reveal a paradox of democratic values: tolerance of opposing viewpoints is a foundational value of democracy, but tolerating intolerant views can threaten democratic principles of inclusion and equality. And some who adopt this rhetoric — including online influencers like Dave Rubin — have exploited this paradox of democratic values, shifting the goalposts of diversity to delegitimize any inclusion efforts except those that tolerate discriminatory viewpoints.”

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