CNN’s political coverage often features its “editor-at large” Chris Cillizza who, by virtue of his title, is a roving report with no assignment—he writes on whatever interests him. For the past few years, the only thing that seems to interest Mr. Cillizza is taking down President Donald Trump.
Let’s look at his last ten articles:
- The 39 wackiest lines from Donald Trump’s freewheeling G7 press conference (Aug. 27): The theme of this article? Identify quotes from President Trump the G7 meetings that are designed to embarrass him and make him look stupid.
- How Joe Walsh could make some real trouble for Donald Trump (Aug. 27): In this article, Cillizza takes a certain glee in detailing how former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh, who is mounting a primary challenge to Trump, could cause enough damage to prevent a Trump victory in 2020.
- Donald Trump’s story on skipping the G7 climate meeting makes no sense (Aug. 27): Here, Cillizza takes issue with conflicting reports and White House statements on why President Trump did not attend a G7 meting on climate change. The indigination of Cillizza culminates in hardens view on President Trump: “This is the Trump presidency in a nutshell: The most powerful country in the world being run by a man who acts on whim and gut instinct, and cares little about what trouble his actions cause.”
- Here’s why members of the House GOP keep abandoning ship (Aug. 26): The title here at least gave a glimmer of hope that it wouldn’t be another Trump takedown. And it starts off that way, seemingly focused on uncovering the reasons for a growing number of Republicans who are not seeking reelection. But alas, there it is, number two out of three on the list of reasons is “Trump’s hostile takeover of the GOP matters.” We almost made it….
- What Elizabeth Warren’s massive crowds tell us (Aug. 26): Hooray! Let’s give credit where credit is due. This article actually does not even mention President Donald Trump. Kudos to Cillizza here. you can tell, however, that he is thrilled by the recent rise of Senator Warren—the ultimate anti-Trump—and the “size’ of her campaign event crowds.
- Donald Trump vs. climate change (Aug.video): Spicing things up here, Cillizza comes out from behind the keyboard and moves to seven minute video piece. The tag line of the video is “A brief history into President Donald Trump’s skepticism about climate change.” The content? Cillizza chronicles Trump’s skepticism of climate change proposals, pitting against the backdrop of what he deems the unassailable view that humans are causing climate change. Per Cillizza, even anyone with a “passing familiarity” with the issue agrees with him.
- Sorry, Donald Trump, nuking a hurricane won’t work (Aug. 26): Cillizza really opens up with a zinger here: “As summer turns to fall and the East Coast prepares for the heart of hurricane season, it’s nice to know that President Donald Trump has a plan for how to combat these terrifying natural disasters: USING LETHAL FORCE!!!”. Perpetuating an Axios report that President Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested dropping nuclear bombs into the eye of hurricanes in an effort to stop them, Cillizza gets scientific here and debunks Trump’s plan with studies from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. President Trump, of course, has denied ever making such statements. But Cillizza, who considers Trump a liar in all things, goes the extra mile here and debunks this crazy idea just in case. Hurricanes can breathe a little easier.
- Time’s almost up for some 2020 Democrats (Aug. 25): Finally, a breather from the Trump bashing! Cillizza shifts focus here to the most pressing issues facing the Democratic 2020 presidential candidates. President Donald Trump is mentioned only in passing in the context of highlighting former congressman Joe Walsh’s decision to mount a Republican primary challenge.
- Yes, Donald Trump really believes he is ‘the chosen one’ (Aug. 24): Back on the horse, Cillizza in this article jumps on President Donald Trump’s joking response to a reporter’s question about the ongoing trade war that he is the “chosen one.” Though to his credit, Cillizza admits it was a joke, he then spends the rest of the article analyzing why that joke actually contains grains of Trump’s belief that he is “special and unique.” Thanks for the biased psychoanalysis Chris.
- Watch Ted Cruz’s eerie prediction about Trump (Aug. video): Spicing things up again, Cillizza moves back to video, this time to recap various statements Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) made about President Donald Trump during the 2016 Republican primaries. The key quote: Cruz’s concern about Trump’s judgment and demeanor which is followed by a joking line that we might wake up and find “Trump has nuked Denmark.” Still not clear what Cillizza means by “eerie prediction” here, but apparently Denmark should beware…
Over the years, CNN has taken great issue with criticisms from President Trump and others who believe its reporting shows a liberal bias. But Chris Cillizza is routinely front and center on CNN’s reporting with his “The Point with Chris Cillizza” columns. The tag line for The Point: “CNN’s Chris Cillizza cuts through the political spin and tells you wha you need to know.” As his last 10 columns indicate, Cillizza does anything but cut through the political spin—he fosters it by grabbing into the most tantalizing tidbits and broken quotes he can find that would embarrass President Trump. I have yet to see CNN put forward an “editor-at large” with a conservative view or, God forbid, a politically neutral view. CNN, in my view, is just another biased so-called “news network.”