The inability to have impartial conversations is really disheartening and honestly scary
I replied to a Facebook post. I hardly ever comment on anything politically in any realm, because it usually invites hostility from both sides. But I couldn’t bite my tongue for whatever reason today. I commented about how the headline of an article was misleading and didn’t accurately reflect the actual content of the article, and that misleading headlines sow hate and division. I also made sure I wrote “I’m not siding with any particular political party, I just like to have these kinds of conversations”. I was immediately attacked and my words immediately misconstrued. I was told that I was inviting hostility because I accused the poster of sowing hate (I didn’t, I said misleading article headlines do), and also accused of being a Trump supporter who sows hate even though I have never and will never disclose my political leanings.
I realize I’m venting, I’m angry. I’m also just really sad that we cannot even have impartial conversations about journalism or the media without immediately being labeled as hate-filled. I embrace libertarianism but I’m honestly afraid to even say that to my friends and family for fear of being labeled as something that I’m not, simply because people can’t seem to grasp that you can be something other than “left” or “right”.
Also, the people who preach unity and cannot check themselves and understand that their “correct” opinion can still be criticized, questioned impartially, and can be divisive are a huge part of the problem, and it comes from both sides, as much as they’d both hate to admit it.
Article from r/Libertarian: For a Free Society