My general feeling on it is that I will engage with it to the extent that the game itself is signalling it wants to address political issues, but I'm not going to go out of my way read into it. For example, I find it perfectly logical to criticize something like Far Cry 5 for pulling its punches when pretty much the entire design and marketing surrounding that game played up the supposedly political aspects of the narrative. On the other hand, I'm not going to tie myself in knots making Into the Breach some grand allegory for total ecological collapse. Sometimes a game with giant mechs fighting bugs is just a game about giant mechs fighting bugs.
As far as podcasts go, I agree that Giantbomb typically tries to stay away from discussing those issues, but when they are put into a position when they need to talk about them, they often preface or follow-up with a disclaimer that either (a) they can't get inside the head of those involved and so won't assume their motivations and/or (b) don't know enough about the subject to handle it particularly well. And I think that's probably both the most respectful and most intelligent way of handling it. It lets people know pretty quickly that it isn't going to be that kind of podcast and if you want informed discussion of the issue, you should look elsewhere.
As for Waypoint, I think ultimately the problem I have with it is how it wants to turn seemingly every game into a political Rorschach Test while simultaneously working under the assumption that the test has a "right" answer. When you play Overwatch, do you view the Bridgette skin as a dumb fun thing the devs did or a fascist glorification of police brutality? Is Dreams a cool creative tool or another example how everything you do is owned by the aristo-capitalist elite? One of these is correct. The other means you are guilty of ignorant Wrongthink.
And as someone who considers himself to be pretty moderate, that sort of "us or them, there is only one right answer and it's ours" attitude gets extremely tiresome. Now, admittedly, I am clearly not Waypoint's target audience (based on the fact they had a podcast episode literally entitled "OK, Maybe Centrism Really Is Bad For Your Brain"), but it's frustrating to see people you know are smart enough to recognize the nuance involved with these situations so often fail to acknowledge that the nuance exists.