If I’m being honest, and I don’t mean this as a cop out, I tend to stay away from writers or personalities who are known for being extremely liberal or conservative because it tends to creep into their arguments. Hell, most of the prime time shows on the new channels are just flat out ridiculous. Plus, for as rational as either side can be at times, they all have some wacky stuff out there.
I was referring more to issues rather than actual people. There are some issues where I can see where the other side is coming from and some tjhat I can’t. But that doesn’t stop me from trying to understand. I’m a former Senate staffer and lobbyist (btw — did lots of good things and got lots of money for smaller medical specialties. We’re not all bad!). In the Senate, I was nonpartisan staff — I worked with, and was friends with, folks on both sides of the aisle. They were all able to make arguments that, at the very least, came across as rational…then again, the Chair & Ranking member of the Committee were often referred to as co-Chairs…it was a different time. I’m not saying that both sides are always equally right, but was trying to say that sometimes the loyal opposition deserves to be heard. They’re not (necessarily) bad people just because they have a different point of view. They might not end up teaching you, but you might end up teaching them.
Thought I suppose I am a bit of a hypocrite, because I do have a podcast discussing the things wrong with the current administration (sort of a non-partisan Pod Save America). :)