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CNN’s Chris Cillizza, a man described by the network as a “reporter,” is being mocked for his latest customarily biased take.
In a tweet posted at 8:52 pm this Friday evening, he complained about the maskless couple sitting in front of him on his flight and noted that they were watching his network’s hated competitor, Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
“Couple in front of me on flight refused to wear masks. They were tuned to ‘Tucker’ the whole time,” the CNN “reporter” tweeted.
Couple in front of me on flight refused to wear masks.
They were tuned to “Tucker” the whole time.
— Chris Cillizza (@ChrisCillizza) March 26, 2022
While the tweet wasn’t overtly biased, critics could read between the lines considering the type of “reporting” he regularly conducts.
Below is a list of some of his more recent headlines:
- “Yes, it’s Republicans’ fault Congress is so polarized”
- “Is this, finally, Kamala Harris’ moment?”
- “Analysis: Ron DeSantis just yelled at high school students for wearing masks”
- “Analysis: Lauren Boebert hits new low at the State of the Union”
- “Jared Kushner is nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. That’s less of a big deal than you think.”
Most view Cillizza as a commentator. And indeed, even his profile at Wikipedia lists him as such:
CNN meanwhile describes him as a “politics reporter” and “editor-at-large.”
Responding to Cillizza’s tweet, critics came at him with a spate of different takes.
Some accused him of bias:
— Jake Porter (@jakeaporter) March 26, 2022
The majority mocked him for being a mask Karen who’s seemingly unable to cope when forced to be around those who believe that mask-wearing is utterly pointless:
I’m so sorry this is happening to you
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) March 26, 2022
How are they not dead?
— DougieOh (@DougieOh) March 26, 2022
“Man” appalled to find people with different views than him, more at 11.
— kingarthas2 (@kingarthas21) March 26, 2022
It wasn’t just them. We were all not wearing masks and we were all watching @TuckerCarlson. You should get out more.
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) March 26, 2022
“Hey, see that sanctimonious dude behind us? Let’s put on a mask and watch Fox News just to fuck with him.”
— Sтяхшмхи 🌵 (@strxwmxn) March 26, 2022
Couple in front of me wore 10 masks and were wrapped in Plastic. They were watching @cnn and ate their own boogers.
— Greg B (@ramsangels) March 26, 2022
So sorry this happened to you. Often times as we enter adulthood we can encounter opinions or may even see something that differs from our perspective. Please know you aren’t alone, and don’t be ashamed to reach out for therapy or counseling. Really hope you get through this!
— Karmanic (@karmanic84) March 26, 2022
— ⭐El Scorpio⭐ (@jonnyRevv) March 26, 2022
Others questioned the legitimacy of his claim given the lack of corroborating photos. Though to be fair, had he shared photos of the couple, critics would have accused him of doxxing them.
Since when was your account hacked by Jussie Smollett, Chris?
— ProfessorPupper243 🌻 (@FallenKnight243) March 26, 2022
What a perfectly convenient thing to “witness” for a CNN employee. pic.twitter.com/svNeNhQbli
— TJDMCR – 716 OG (@TJDMCR) March 26, 2022
I will take Things That Never Happened for $800 Alex! pic.twitter.com/rq9jknM8Mb
— mcenany 🍊🍊🍊 (@mcenany18) March 26, 2022
One critic asked to know what airline he’d flown with.
What airline let them slide? I’d do business with them
— Gordon Plutsky (@GordonPlutsky) March 26, 2022
And a final set of critics zeroed in on the very biased insinuation that lay hidden beneath the surface of his tweet.
He appeared to be suggesting that anti-maskers are Republicans. And indeed, this is a common trope among establishment elites. Both this and the belief that the unvaccinated are all Republicans.
so your point is that if you wear a mask your a Democrat and if you don’t you’re a Republican?
hmm, I think we’re all mostly going to be Republicans. ✌️
— middleClassRebel (@sam_shiva2) March 26, 2022
What’s your point?
72% of blacks in NYC refused to get vaccinated. Are they all Republican?
Of course not.
So, what’s your point?
— Cyclesimo (@Cyclesimo_) March 26, 2022
Last week, the Senate passed a resolution to end the federal mask mandates on airplanes and public transportation. It was even joined by EIGHT Democrat Senators.
Now, 10 major airlines are joining the fight!. I guess you will have a nervous breakdown.
— Allan Stuart Bondurant – (@Wyoming1903) March 26, 2022
In reality, beliefs regarding masks and vaccines run the political gamut, though to be fair to Cillizza, Republicans tend to be more likely to be anti-mask and anti-vaccine-mandate.
That said, federal rules still mandate that a mask be worn aboard flights, though efforts are finally being made to roll these back.
“A group of CEOs from all major airlines in the U.S. is calling on President Biden to drop the federal transportation mask mandate along with the international pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirement,” NPR reported Thursday.
“In an open letter released by the travel-industry lobbying group Airlines for America, the group is calling on the Biden administration to ‘sunset federal transportation travel restrictions.’ The group argues that the restrictions no longer reflect the “realities of the current epidemiological environment.”
Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of legislators is pushing to nix the mask rule, and airlines are beginning to re-hire previously unvaccinated employees — not that said employees necessarily want their jobs back.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 11, 2022
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