‘Civility’: MSNBC Guest Advises Viewers on How to Avoid Holiday Fights over Politics

Source: www.mediaite.com – Tuesday, December 24, 2013
It seems like just one month ago that supporters of President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act were advising devotees to berate and harangue their family members about the benefits of the sweeping health care reform law. Those were heady days. Today, however, the order of the day is “civility.” To that end, MSNBC invited an expert to advise the audience on ways in which they can avoid that often polarizing political argument with family during this Christmas season. MSNBC anchor Richard Lui invited author Steven Petrow , a “civil behavior” columnist with the New York Times , to share his tips on how to dodge potentially explosive political arguments with friends and family. He said that, in the era of social media, we are often confronted by our friends “surprising” political values and are often put in the awkward position of sharing intimate space with family members who we’ve “unfriended.” “One of the benefits of the old days before social media was that we didn’t actually know everyone’s point of view on all of these topics like Duck Dynasty , or Obamacare, or same-sex marriage,” Petrow asserted. He notes that, via social media, you may have already “called” some of your family members “out” on their political views you find distasteful. RELATED: Jonah Goldberg: Obamacare Supporters Getting Thanksgiving Talking Points ‘Incredibly Creepy’ He advises viewers to “agree to disagree” and to not “bring up topics that you kn

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