Take note of how often “controversy,” “backlash,” “scandal,” and “crisis” appear in media headlines. Why not simply report what happened and let Americans decide how to feel about it?

One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.

– Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

In the US of A, ideological divisiveness is the default world view, and I feel we have less and less and less in common, to the point common sense cannot exist.