CBS Political News

How rude! The disappearance of civility

Does it sometimes feel as if our politics has us all backed into ideological corners? Does it seem as if insults and name-calling have taken the place of civil dialogue – that incivility has gone viral? It may not just be manners that seem threatened these days; it may be our very notion of democracy. Martha Teichner talks with New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg, constitutional lawyer Alan Dershowitz and professor Keith Bybee about the courseness of public discourse; and with Ohio Representatives Steve Stivers and Joyce Beatty, about their cross-aisle efforts to increase civility and respect inside and outside of Congress.

Web Extra: who is the leader of the Democratic party?

Democratic socialists Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York congressional candidate, discuss who voters look to as the leader of the Democratic party.

Will politics be the death of civility?

Does it seem as if insults and name-calling have taken the place of civil dialogue? It may not just be manners that seem threatened these days; it may be our very notion of democracy

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