No one ever, as far as I can tell, accused CNN’s Chris Cillizza of being particularly bright or astute. But just as in the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king, in the land of Jim Sciutto, Jim Acosta, Brian Stelter and Asha Rangappa, a nitwit provides the intellectual content.
Yesterday, Cillizza sent out this tweet:
Here we have CNN’s Chris Cillizza posting an image of crosshairs around the president of the United States of America.
This is CNN. pic.twitter.com/Q0gdAbkgLw
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) May 15, 2018
WTF? Or, as P. J. O’Rourke would say, “I mean WT F-ing F” is that?
Not all that long ago, we were lectured by our moral superiors about the danger of hurty-pants metaphors. Shortly after Gabby Giffords was shot, Sarah Palin’s PAC was attacked for its violent imagery that contributed to the shooting. They had placed crosshairs on congressional districts to be targeted. And CNN was one of the outlets sniveling about violent imagery.
Keep in mind, the image that got CNN and its counterparts so exercised didn’t even include a person’s face. We all know what happened to the rodeo clown who wore an Obama mask. Can you imagine what would have happened if Fox News had superimposed crosshairs over Obama?
This is the rather non-plausible excuse:
I’ve deleted a GIF about President Trump. We use @GifGrabber to make our GIFs and it defaults to the image below as a first frame. To clear up any unintended confusion, I’ve removed the tweet. pic.twitter.com/x6PCKoiW16
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) May 15, 2018
Check CNN’s twitter feed for other examples of politicians in a gunsight. Good luck.
And from CNN:
CNN said the following in a statement to Fox News: “Chris has already addressed this issue publicly. The image in question is a framing mark used in film and video production to frame a shot. Nothing more. A producer who created the motion graphic inadvertently left that frame in the GIF. When it came to our attention, the tweet containing the GIF was deleted and replaced with explanation. There is nothing more to say.”
After a while, the “we don’t actually look at the sh** we’re sending out” excuse wears thin. And the idea that a “frame shot” is made to look like the image through an ambient light intensification system…like a night observation device or what used to be called a starlight scope…is simply too strange to credit.
The larger point here is that CNN has decided it is no longer a media outlet but, rather, the media arm of #TheResistance. It shows in stories they basically ignore and those they focus on. The coverage no longer makes a pretense at balance, it is relentlessly lopsided. And people notice.