Christopher Michael Cillizza
February 20, 1976
|Education||Georgetown University (BA)|
Christopher Michael Cillizza (//; born February 20, 1976) is an American political commentator for the television news channel CNN. Prior to joining CNN, he wrote for The Fix, the daily political blog of The Washington Post, and was a regular contributor to the Post on political issues, a panelist on Meet the Press, and an MSNBC political analyst. Cillizza is also a co-host of The Tony Kornheiser Show sports podcast. In April 2017, Cillizza began working for CNN.
Early life and education
Cillizza was born and raised in Marlborough, Connecticut. He attended The Loomis Chaffee School an independent boarding school in Windsor, Connecticut, and graduated in 1994. He attended Georgetown University from 1994 to 1998, where he graduated with a B.A. in English. He currently resides in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and two children. He is of Sicilian and Irish descent.
After working as a novelist and later an intern for conservative writer George Will, Cillizza began his career in journalism. He worked on the Washington, D.C. newspaper Roll Call prior to joining The Washington Post. For The Cook Political Report he covered gubernatorial races and southern House races. He wrote a column on politics for Congress Daily. During his four years at Roll Call, which he joined in June 2001, he reported on campaign politics from the presidential to the congressional level, finishing his time at Roll Call as the paper's White House correspondent.
His freelance work has appeared in publications such as The Atlantic Monthly, Washingtonian, and Slate. He has also been a guest on CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC. After guest appearances on the network, he was named an MSNBC Political Analyst, a position he resigned when he accepted a position at CNN, his reason for resignation was cited as a desire for more money and better pay. He is also a frequent panelist on Meet the Press.
Cillizza founded the blog The Fix in 2005 and wrote for it on a regular basis until he joined CNN in 2017. The blog's focus was American electoral politics, with Cillizza commenting on gubernatorial, Congressional and presidential elections. He hosted the weekly Fix live chat. Cilizza also oversaw a monthly trivia contest called "Politics and Pints" at the Washington, D.C. bar Capitol Lounge.
From 2007 to 2008, Cillizza was a co-host of the MySpace/MTV Presidential Dialogues, which hosted John McCain, Barack Obama, and others in a live-streamed, interactive Presidential event series. Cillizza and fellow The Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank appeared in a series of humor videos called Mouthpiece Theater, hosted by The Washington Post. An outcry followed a video in which, during a discussion of the White House "Beer Summit", they chose new brands for a number of people, including "Mad Bitch Beer" for Hillary Clinton. Both men apologized for the video, Cillizza was heavily criticized for his role in the abhorrent video and was labeled as a misogynist, the series was promptly canceled.
In July 2012, Broadway Books (a division of Penguin Random House) released his book, The Gospel According to the Fix. Written in a blog-like format, it contains lists such as "The 10 Best/Worst Negative Ads", as well as coverage of the "deep personal hatreds that politics provoke" and predictions for the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections.
On June 28, 2017, CNN Politics announced the launch of "The Point with Chris Cillizza." According to the official press release, the new "multiplatform brand" will include "daily columns, on-air analysis, an evening newsletter, [a] podcast, and the launch of trivia night events in Washington, DC." The show which is on YouTube releases political analysis videos hosted by Cillizza every Tuesday and Thursday.
Cillizza also runs political trivia on his personal Instagram account on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
According to reviewers Chillizza's overall demeanor and arbitrary criticism without viewing the big picture is his biggest flaw, his misogynistic tendencies, and propensity to blame groups of people and or individuals without reason and or proof is improper journalism and lacks ethical morals. Jay Rosen has compared his approach to infotainment which turns political analysis into gamesmanship detached from real-world implications. Former CNN host Soledad O'Brien has described Cillizza's work as facile. David Weigel has criticized Cillizza for focusing on predictions rather than factual analysis. Cillizza, along with Mark Halperin and Ron Fournier, was cited by Felix Biederman and Virgil Texas as one of the inspirations for their parody political pundit Carl Diggler.
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