“They dispute each other not on priorities but on objective reality.”
In short, Democrats and Republicans don’t so much disagree about where to take the country, they disagree about which country they would be taking.
To any political scientist, this is not news. Survey data has long shown that factual claims often reflect partisan sympathies more than they do reality.
I think news organizations are missing opportunities. Everyone seems to publish a dozen polls a month highlighting American disagreements over subjective opinions. Why not publish more stories doing the same about factual opinions—and then take pains to describe the actual truth? If the idea is to shock and amaze people, I think factual surveys will likely do the trick.