It’s completely normal for parents to put masks on children over the age of two while they are playing “in uncrowded outdoor spaces.” Oh, and Tucker Carlson is “a self-styled anti-nanny state libertarian.”
All that and a bag of chips if you read Politico’s Playbook newsletter Tuesday morning. Of course, those observations were scattered in with a number of pat progressive pronouncements about X being scientific and Y being racist, all sans any supporting evidence.
But what made the mask claim and the libertarian characterization stand out isn’t that we have different politics or simply disagree, as is normal to do. Rather, it’s just how uninformed by reality those observations are. They betray not simply a lack of understanding or really even attention to the current events (although they do both of those things). They also substitute understanding with lazy and dated “conventional wisdom,” which is to say, “caricatures.”
Let’s start with Tucker, because that one’s fun. The paragraphs