The day after Nikki Haley criticized the Grammys’ bizarre and asinine “Fire and Fury” stunt, the media still can’t wrap their heads around it.

As Twitchy told you, the New York Times’ Dave Itzkoff has been mocking Haley for her very valid issues with what happened. Not to be outdone, CNN’s Chris Cillizza has chimed in with an “analysis” to explain why Haley was wrong to suggest that the Grammys have gotten too political:

Though Cillizza does acknowledge that “Haley has a right to be annoyed” by the glorification of “Fire and Fury,” he concludes:

What draws people to music is the personal stories behind the music — the “why” of the lyrics. To ask musicians to be robots robs music of its real meaning.

Yes, the fact that musicians are people expressing their views can be uncomfortable. I have been at a show where a musician went off on a long rant about the media and how we were complicit in something or other. People cheered. I didn’t. But I didn’t think to myself: “Why can’t this guy just sing the songs?” Because that’s part of the deal you make when you listen to music: The artist gets to express himself or herself and you get to react to it. It is not the artist’s job to make sure that reaction is a pleasant one. In fact, it may be the artist’s job to make sure that reaction is unsettling — or at the least thought provoking.

That’s what Haley seemed to miss in her tweet. Being frustrated about a book is one thing. Urging musicians to take politics out of their music is another — and misses the point of music totally.

If anyone here has missed the point, it’s Cillizza. The “Fire and Fury” bit wasn’t meant to be thought-provoking; it was designed purely to take cheap shots at Trump and his administration. There was nothing clever or edgy about it; it was just tiresome and lazy.

Yes it is.

Maybe instead of looking for reasons to pick on Haley, Cillizza should concede that she might be onto something:

It’s almost as if a lot of Americans are fed up with the hyperpoliticization of their favorite things.

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