CNN’s Chris Cillizza is the basic bitch of the news world. He is an eager contrarian whose political analysis is about as astute as roadkill’s assessment of traffic conditions. If he were a sports commentator, he’d be the one that offered such intellectual insights as, “The team that scores more points wins.” If he were running commentary on the first man to walk on the moon, he’d ignore the historical importance of the moment to ramble on about oxygen tanks. If he were offering analysis on the MeToo movement, he’d be Matt Damon.
He is poisonous milquetoast, a both-sider regardless of how egregiously in the wrong the other side is. He never fails to point out the obvious, and then characterize the obvious as a deep, political insight.
To wit: An article he wrote yesterday entitled, “Donald Trump is producing the greatest reality show ever.”
The truth is that even Mark Burnett couldn’t create such a high-profile reality show with this much drama, this many personalities and this high of stakes. This is a project only Donald Trump could make happen … Trump is betting that in a few years enough people will vote to renew the show, captivated by what possibly could come around the corner next — whether they can admit to themselves how much they like the show.
He treats politics like the latest episode of American Idol. He is the perfect example of an inadequate white man who fails upward, so it was particularly satisfying to see Soledad O’Brien — one of the all-time greats, by the way — reduce Cillizza to ash on Twitter.
Hey Soledad! Thanks as always for reading. https://t.co/XgvHJDgzPy— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) March 7, 2018
You're welcome. You have a big platform, be thoughtful about the stories you tell and how you tell them.— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) March 7, 2018
Did you actually read the piece? Or just make assumptions on the headline?— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) March 7, 2018
Read the whole thing.— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) March 7, 2018
Then I really don't get your criticism.— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) March 7, 2018
The only way my criticism would make sense is if I didn't read your article? *sigh*.— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) March 7, 2018
No. I simply have no idea what your criticism is.— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) March 7, 2018
That the piece is "terrible"? I suppose that's subjective so, ok, I guess.
It's not accurate. It's not funny. It's not clever. It's not analysis. It's facile. It shows an actual lack of understanding of reality tv (can't believe I'm typing that). It's mediocre. It's a time when viewers need to understand what's going on at the highest levels of govt.— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) March 7, 2018
Genuinely sorry you feel that way. But appreciate your candor.— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) March 7, 2018
no you're not. you're happy to view this whole thing as a game, largely because as a wealthy white male it has no effect on you.— Oliver Willis (@owillis) March 7, 2018
Cillizza, however, shook it off, and he’s back to his astute hot takes this morning:
Reminder: It is only Wednesday— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) March 7, 2018
The man is paid a lot of money to come up with insights one can glean from the calendar with cat pictures hanging on your refrigerator.