CNN's Chris Cillizza has done it again.
Behold this gem from the man CNN pays good money to explain the current state of American politics:
Okay, let's break this down.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was left red-faced this week after someone with access to his Twitter account hit the "like" button on an X-rated video. The senator claimed a member of his staff did the "liking," and he promised that his office would investigate the matter. Mmm-hmm. Embarrassing indeed.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, a Democrat, announced his resignation Tuesday after a fifth person came forward to accuse him of child sexual abuse. Just so we're clear, five individuals have now credibly accused the outgoing mayor of committing severely vile acts against unwilling minors over a long period. And it took a fifth accuser (four wasn't enough, apparently) for Murray to step down.
"While the allegations against me are not true, it is important that my personal issues do not affect the ability of our city government to conduct the public's business," Murray said in a statement Tuesday.
He added, "To the people of this special city and to my dedicated staff, I am sorry for this painful situation."
Cillizza's summation of the political news cycle: Two wacky stories about politicians behaving badly. That's fine as long as you think an alleged fat-fingered social media coordinator for a senator rises to the level of mass child rape. And never mind that the Cruz story is the "Ted Cruz porn video" whereas the downfall of an alleged child rapist is just a "resignation."
There's a lot more that we could say about Cillizza's chronic inability to provide context and nuance, or his apparent inability to understand the things around him, but we'll leave the last word to National Review's Charles C. W. Cooke: "Good choice to use ‘porn video' for ‘Cruz's Twitter acct liking a tweet,' but ‘resignation' for ‘molesting kids.'"