We know from CNN’s Chris Cillizza himself that journalists don’t root for a side, and during Monday’s impeachment hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, the sight of “adults yelling at one another” was “unwatchable” to him — but he watched anyway because he gets paid to.
Even CBS News declared that Monday’s hearing wasn’t exactly “pay-per-view material”:
CBS pans latest impeachment hearing: "Not exactly pay-per-view material," "doesn’t advance the ball" pic.twitter.com/VjzsaGGLu0
— Kyle Drennen (@kjdrennen) December 9, 2019
By “doesn’t advance the ball” seems to be code for, “This hearing didn’t help the Democrats in their case.”
The whole thing — even for someone like me who gets paid to watch this stuff — was, well, unwatchable.
A bunch of adults yelling at one another over matters that almost no one watching understood or cares about. https://t.co/i2Fn83a8cx
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) December 9, 2019
Did Cillizza happen to watch it on Fox News? Because that’s what they pay Oliver Darcy and Brian Stelter to watch.
It might seem like a pretty bold statement that no one watching cared out today’s hearing; quite the contrary — the few people who watched it are the ones who cared about it, while most Americans went about their daily lives, enjoying a booming economy as a bonus.
So you were just watching normal CNN programing? https://t.co/ZlCdeF12Nj
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) December 10, 2019
Why anyone pays you for your insight remains one of the enduring mysteries.
— Greg Olear (@gregolear) December 9, 2019
Maybe someone who gives a shit about the news should get paid instead of you
— David Klion? (@DavidKlion) December 9, 2019
— Beel (@tomservo10) December 9, 2019
You should quit or lose your job. This take is stunningly wrong.
— Zelda (@TheyWereStolen) December 9, 2019
What a wildly irresponsible thing to say. You're paid to watch this stuff, and instead of explaining it, you just say nobody understands it and don't even try. It's your job to explain it. If you can't do that, quit, and let someone who can do your job take over.
— Heather Hughson (@HNHughson) December 9, 2019
You know, there are actual serious journalists who would kill for your cushy job. Why don't you get out of the way and let someone who cares do this?
— Dennis DiClaudio (@dennisdiclaudio) December 9, 2019
Is this too difficult for you to follow or articulate a response for your followers? If so, please have someone with more of an attention span cover this. It's not meant to be titillating prime time entertainment. It's an impeachment hearing.
— 40 Pizzas. 30 Days. (@briancryptonix) December 9, 2019
What you're saying is you're grossly under-qualified and grossly overpaid.
— Katie (@ktbobaytee) December 9, 2019
Since you've stated you're not going to do your job, you should at least return today's pay to your employers.
— YouAintRight (@StillHereBugger) December 9, 2019
Get a different job, dude
— MyDogLovesMe (@MeAndMyDogToo) December 9, 2019
If you can't explain it, maybe find a job you can do.
— Willing to discuss (@buffsblg) December 9, 2019
Do you need someone to explain to you what's going on?
— dwight munroe (@tfrogdotcom) December 9, 2019
This may be the worst take I've read today & that takes some effort – Just not the type of effort for which one should receive a paycheck.
— cgshort (@cgshort) December 9, 2019
Your entire job description is to make this stuff understandable.
Do better. SMH.
— Devin's Dog (@DevinNunesDog) December 9, 2019
Why do you get a paycheck?
— Leslieanne Warlick (@LsfarmLw) December 9, 2019
have you considered a different line of work
— Kelsey D. Atherton (@AthertonKD) December 9, 2019
This has been another episode of "Bad Takes by Chris Cillizza."
— patrick (@ptpower) December 9, 2019
If @CNN wants someone who will actually pay attention to hearings of national import and analyze them for the American people, I will do so for half of what you're paying him. I'm sure many others here would gladly accept the same offer.
— neets (@nycneets) December 9, 2019
God, you suck so much ass.
— Clue Heywood (@ClueHeywood) December 9, 2019
Sounds like you're wildly overpaid.
— Miranda Yaver (@mirandayaver) December 9, 2019
It’s LITERALLY YOUR JOB to make it watchable and understandable to an audience. Media “analysis” is a toxic joke replacement for journalism, and you’re a hack failing us catastrophically in real time.
— Rob Sheridan, holiday enjoyer (@rob_sheridan) December 9, 2019
You should consider taking some time off.
— Ken Meltzer (@ken_meltzer) December 9, 2019
How you still have a job is a wonder of the universe.
— KathmanKringle ? (@Kathmandu513) December 9, 2019
How he ever got this gig is a wonder of the universe.
— HV News Hound (@SocialNetCynic) December 9, 2019
What a weird and irresponsible tweet
— alex himelfarb (@alexhimelfarb) December 9, 2019
why are you so bad at your job
— Tyler Dinucci (@TylerDinucci) December 9, 2019
You actually get paid for this. Wow.
— Dennis Perkins (@DennisPerkins5) December 10, 2019
Congrats, as usual you have the laziest take of the day.
— Kid Phantasm (@cbbruuno) December 9, 2019
I guess the question is why you get paid to watch it
— Ed (@notdred) December 9, 2019
Tell ya what. I’ll take over your beat and you can go to work in PR.
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) December 9, 2019
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) December 9, 2019
You continue to be the worst in the business.
— ??????? ???????? (@CRobertBuchanan) December 9, 2019
Have you considered the possibility that you suck at your job, and have benefitted from the patronage of executives who either suck just as badly or don’t give a shit?
— Ron Hogan (@RonHogan) December 9, 2019
A bunch of adults yelling at each other is the premise for most of CNN's programming.
— Poppy (@MN_poppy) December 9, 2019
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 21, 2019