Why I don’t want to be an opinion columnist

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Editor’s note: As part of The Denver Post’s ongoing effort to expand our roster of local opinion columnists, I recently reached out to Reggie Rivers. A former Broncos player, Rivers wrote a weekly column for The Post from 2001 to 2006, when he became a sports anchor for CBS4. I asked Rivers if he would like to return to the op-ed pages. Below was his response. Although he won’t be joining us as a columnist, the reasons for his reluctance speak volumes about our nation’s political and social climate.

— Cohen Peart, opinion editor

Great to hear from you. Thank you for thinking of me, but my desire to comment on current political and social events has waned significantly. I don’t want to be a columnist.

Our country is so polarized that 50 percent of the people completely reject every opinion offered by someone on the other side of the aisle. I used to have an appetite for this conversation, because I was young and naive and thought that talking about things, considering other perspectives and arguing for truth and justice could really make a difference.

But eventually I realized that we’re all mostly speaking into echo chambers. Everyone chooses the media sources that tell them what they want to hear. They nod in affirmation when they hear their beliefs parroted back at them, and pat themselves on the back for being so smart. When they happen to stumble upon an opposing viewpoint, they are amazed by the rampant stupidity of the people on the other side.

We’ve mostly lost the willingness to recognize that most issues are multi-dimensional and both sides can be telling the truth and lying at the same time. For example, Republicans argue for immigration controls, while Democrats argue that we need to let people in. Both sides …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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