"When Worlds Collide: Contentious Politics in a Fragmented Media Regime." U.S. Election Analysis 2020: Media, Voters and the Campaign, 2020.

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Essay
Author(s): 
Michael X. Delli Carpini
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Political differences—regarding the most important issues facing a nation and the role government should play in addressing them—are part and parcel of democratic systems, especially those as diverse as the United States. Elections are a primary mechanism for debating these differences and deciding, even if crudely, where the public interest resides. For this to work, however, it requires some agreement on the facts, and faith in the process by which those are used to shape debate and ultimately chart a collective course.