Politicians are just the worst, aren't they? If they're not trying to get something from you in one way or another, they're smearing anyone and/or anything that doesn't fit within their narratives. One other thing they like to do is call what their opponents do the very things that they are guilty of promulgating themselves.
So, when Sen. Amy Klobuchar's (D-Minn.) Tuesday appearance on CNN with Anderson Cooper pivoted to her thoughts on President Donald Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, she didn't miss her opportunity to call the president's daily press conferences the very same thing that most of believe the media to be guilty of - "propaganda."
Here's a transcript of her comments:
I’ve tried to watch them many times, and especially when we have the scientists or Dr. Fauci speaking about the facts. That is helpful. But so many times you get so angry when the president turned it into himself. He turns it into a propaganda piece about himself when people are dying, when Wisconsin voters are standing in line with masks and garbage bags over themselves, when you have got people all over this country wanting to stand at the bedside of their loved ones and nurses and doctors going to work not knowing if they’ll get the disease or not because they don’t have the right equipment.
No, I don’t want to see propaganda about him or him getting mad at the media or him get mad at some small slight that he hated during the day. That is not what leadership is about. I think Andrew Cuomo said it best when he said if you’re mad about what we’re doing right now, call me. It is on me. He understood as so many of the governors do that the buck stops here. The buck stops here. That was Harry Truman’s saying. And this president said the buck stops anywhere but here. At the Republican convention, he is the one that said I alone can fix this.
I find it kind of funny that these people, particularly politicians, can denigrate and make as many out-there claims as their hearts desire against Trump, but they can never say his name. Look in the transcript above. Does Klobuchar say Trump's name once? The quick answer is no.
It used to be that if you were going to criticize an opponent in any avenue of life, you'd at least have the courage to say their name when making whatever accusation it is you were making. Nowadays, especially because the vast majority of politicians have no real backbone, they don't even have respect enough for themselves to present their arguments with any level of honor.
It's fine to criticize your political opponents. That's part of what makes this country great. You can do that, and there shouldn't be any repercussion for your criticism. But, as integrity has fallen by the wayside in our modern political landscape, so has respect for your opponent.
Here's a portion of Klobuchar's appearance on CNN: