I watched a fair amount of ABC Sunday morning in the 1990s with Cokie Roberts (seen here in an ABC picture interviewing President Bush with George and Sam). This was back in the day when these shows were more interested in exploring the issues than yelling about the other side being wrong. Cokie Roberts was able to understand all sides of an issue and speak calmly and clearly.
My sense of the show was that they actually liked each other. Opinion disagreements were parts of the show and part of the friendship. Each person was not their political opinions; people had families, ups and downs, jobs, careers. The many articles coming out in response to her death talk about her kindness and mentoring of people. No people from one ‘side’ or another…just people.
I learned a lot from this show and from her. One of my takeaways was understanding that the person behind the opinion is more important than the opinion.