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[ 44 ] March 13, 2017 |


CNN continues to help people fail upward:

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza is joining CNN Politics as a reporter and editor at large, with a digital presence and an on-air role.

Cillizza is leaving behind the blog known as The Fix he built at the Post over more than a decade. The Fix has since expanded and now includes a team of bloggers and editors. Cillizza will also be ending his role as a contributor at MSNBC when he joins CNN.

The fact that this guy had a sinecure at America’s “liberal” news network tells you a lot about cable news. At least my WaPo subscription money will no longer be going to support the Cavalcade of EMAILS!


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  1. howard says:

    Boy Jeff Zucker makes great personnel decisions!

  2. BGinCHI says:

    “The Fix has since expanded and now includes a team of bloggers and editors.”

    Read this too fast as “a team of joggers and editors.”

    Not a CNN watcher, so glad he’ll be out of the WaPo.

    • rea says:

      Now you have me wondering about “a team of cloggers and editors,” or “a team of loggers and editors,” or “a team of hoggers and editors.” or maybe here in the Trump era, “a team of floggers and editors.”

  3. Gwen says:

    So can we still call it the “Clinton News Network”?

  4. King Goat says:

    Is anyone reading this a subscriber to the NYT or WP? You should unsubscribe immediately, with a sharply worded letter as to how you’re doing so because of their irresponsible reporting re: the 16 election. These two outlets count on liberals/leftists, they crapped upon us, we should move on. There’s lots of other news outlets less objectionable on those grounds.

  5. Brett says:

    Is that a promotion or demotion? He’s going from a position at a major party where he oversees a blog with a whole team of people, to being a “reporter at large” who will sometimes get to go on CNN as a guest. But CNN probably pays more (overpays more) than the Washington Post.

  6. Q.E.Dumbass says:

    What else can I say.

    And if we wanted to read intelligence-insulting horseracism — albeit of the kind that makes Cillizza look sympathetic by comparison — we already have Jack Shafer. (And for actually good horse-race coverage, Davids Graham and Wiegel).

  7. Thom says:

    Scott, as I learned from another commenter here, you can get a free WaPo subscription with a .edu email address. This does not change the point about dead-email horse floggers, but at least you would not have to pay.

    • Warren Terra says:

      I’m not sure you’ve entirely grasped that the WaPo was by far the best major news outlet for campaign coverage in 2016 – except for Cillizza, who was on his own one of the worst politics reporters in the country, possibly the very worst. Today’s news is that the WaPo is losing his taint, which seems like excellent news for them. We can only hope the stable of imitators he built around him will decamp in the coming weeks and months or will reconsider their style and stop emulating him.

  8. Yossarian says:

    I have zero independent reason to know this, but I wonder if Marty Baron was less than aggressive in trying to keep Cilizza (or in trying to convince the publishers to work hard to convince him to stay), and that had something to do with what looks like an underwhelming new gig for someone with Cilizza’s “status.”

    • JonH says:

      For Cilizza, being a TV talking head hack probably outranks being a faceless ink-stained wretch type of hack.

    • efgoldman says:

      I wonder if Marty Baron was less than aggressive in trying to keep Cilizza

      I wouldn’t imagine Baron was too crazy about him.
      But it’s pretty clear that Amber Philips has the vapid broderism down pat, too.
      Although maybe Baron can actually edit and direct her work, which he couldn’t do with the senior Cilliza.

  9. DrDick says:

    It is now quite obvious that the key to success for our elite media is to demonstrate beyond all doubt that you have no idea what you are talking about.

  10. CP says:

    The fact that this guy had a sinecure at America’s “liberal” news network tells you a lot about cable news.

    Well, sure. It says that they’re hiring a guy who was tough on Hillary in order to prove to everyone how fair and balanced they are and that they’re finally taking action to remedy their longstanding and well-known liberal bias. Surely, after this hire, all the people who voted for Trump will see, understand, and appreciate this action, thank them for their scrupulous commitment to unbiased reporting, and go back to trusting them instead of pillorying them as the liberal media.

    What? Why are you all looking at me like that?

    • JonH says:

      What? Why are you all looking at me like that?

      Partly because I think the “liberal” news network being discussed wasn’t CNN but rather MSNBC, where he used to be a commentator.

      Yeah, “central to your point”, etc, we understand.

      • CP says:

        Now look here, my good man. I’m not some kind of truth vigilante, and you can’t reasonably expect me to be held responsible when the things I say don’t strictly line up with what the reality-based community might call “the facts.” Let’s call it an alternative fact and move on. What do you think about Hillary’s emails?

  11. Lord Jesus Perm says:

    It’s funny that all these networks are breaking their necks to move to the right as if Fox News doesn’t exist.

  12. Kevin Hayden says:

    Can we now formally change the Peter Principle to the Cilizza Principle? Or is the Cilizza Principle about rising one step above Peter’s incompetence?

  13. Bruce Vail says:

    CNN is definitely a “step down” in terms of prestige and clout in the media world. I wouldn’t be surprised if WaPo pushed him out the door as part of the housecleanng that new owner Bezos has promised.

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