CNN politics reporter and editor-at-large Chris Cillizza has been having some revelations of late when it comes to COVID.
Last month, Cillizza said he was finally realizing, with the onset of the Omicron variant, that the vaccines don’t prevent you from getting the virus. Cillizza is supposed to be a “journalist.” But somehow this basic reality just went right over his head, when it’s been public knowledge for months. What does that say about his ability to judge the facts and report them honestly, that he’s only getting around to this now?
But yesterday, Cillizza invited a ton of new mocking with his latest realization thread on Twitter — sharing that he realized that people had been afraid of admitting they had COVID out of fear of being shamed earlier but that, suddenly, that had changed.
“I’ve noticed something amid this Omicron surge that’s made me reconsider the first 20 months of this pandemic,” Cillizza wrote. “For months and months, no one I came into contact with admitted they had Covid. Not neighbors. Not co-workers. Not friends. Not acquaintances. No one.”
Cillizza noted that now it was different, with the arrival of Omicron.
Except that, with Omicron surging and lots and lots of people now getting it, I’ve found some of these same people telling me they had it last fall or at the start of the pandemic or whenever. Which is fascinating to me. Because it suggests that they were embarrassed or scared to say they (or their family) had it before.
Why? Probably not one reason for everyone, honestly. But I do think societally we unknowingly turned having Covid into some sort of judgment on your character. Like, getting Covid was a sign you weren’t being responsible or careful enough. Not being a good member of society. The ubiquity — thanks to its contagiousness — of Omicron has changed that dynamic. Some of the stigma of getting Covid has worn off, and made people more comfortable acknowledging that they’ve had it before.
Which is a good thing! We need to recognize that getting Covid isn’t a moral failing! It’s a super infectious disease that you can protect against, sure, but can’t guarantee you won’t get it.
Okay, let’s back up here. “Unknowingly?” No, it was very knowingly. This is a CNN editor — the very network that has been demonizing people with COVID — and just had a guest on demonizing the unvaccinated. CNN has constantly painted the vaccinated as the “good” and the unvaccinated as the “bad,” and acted as though only the unvaccinated can spread the virus. If Americans have been deceived into believing a virus is a moral failing (and many on the left have), media like CNN shares a big part of the blame for that. The only reason that the CNN editor and others are coming to these realizations now is to address the fact that it’s apparent now that the “good” people are getting it, too.
It’s not just CNN the network, but Cillizza himself who played these games that he is now decrying. Who wrote all this, Chris?
— Admiral Rufus T. Firefly (sworn enemy of Rakell) (@hoggomcswineass) January 5, 2022
— Billionaire Chimp (@ChimpWithMoney) January 5, 2022
Most Americans, except Joe Biden and those deluded by media like CNN, knew that it wasn’t a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” that the vaccinated could spread it, too. It’s one more reason most Americans no longer trust the media and despise it.
People justifiably let Cillizza have it.
Yes I have noticed this. “Unknowingly.” https://t.co/pqLtQVijVu
— Karol Markowicz (@karol) January 5, 2022
Media: You want grandma to die!
Also media: we “unknowingly” judged your character.
Lol 🖕 https://t.co/RE8caooGPg
— Freedom Recon (@FreedomRecon) January 5, 2022
And of your state, your politics and how you live your life. Now, who did that, exactly? https://t.co/VkNLUD3d8J
— Ryan J. Rusak (@rjrusak) January 5, 2022