ABC’s Chief Political Correspondent Matthew Dowd gets the award for most irritating tweet of the weekend. Which is a hell of a contest to win with the likes of CNN’s Brian Stelter and NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen in the running.
On Sunday morning at 7:59 a.m., Dowd felt the need to express this to the masses.
Sweet Soulful sunday to each of you. May you encounter the divine today whether it be at church, in a grove of trees, beneath a blue sky, in the touch of a child, in your partners eyes, in the laughter of a stranger, or in the quiet whisper of a moment that just happens.
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) September 8, 2019
Is it deep? No.
Is it well-written? No.
Does it make me want to stop whatever I’m doing and go to the National Arboretum and sniff a “grove of trees”? Again, no. Actually I do want to go there, just without Dowd’s words clouding my head.
Who does he think he is — the Dalai Lama? Oprah? Marianne Williamson?
“How do you get paid so much money to be so stupid?” a Washington journalist friend asked when I alerted the person to Dowd’s Sunday devotional. “How do I learn to be so stupid so I can get the same gig?”
If he were any of those people — even megachurch pastor Joel Osteen — I might be inspired. Instead, I have to see a major network news analyst try his hand at Chicken Soup for the Soul blather that is about as inspiring as a fortune cookie from a Chinese restaurant.
To make matters worse, people seemed to inhale his terrible prose like, oh, I don’t know, shhhhhh a quiet whisper of a moment.
“That’s the thing,” my pal continued. “You wonder how these people make it and then you realize, “OH MY GOD, THERE’S AN AUDIENCE FOR IT.”
Spiritual life strategist Ariaa Jaeger unfortunately encouraged Dowd, writing, “Just encountered the divine in your words and in you. Thank you and good morning to you. You are a blessing.”
The hardest part in all this awfulness is that Dowd then felt the need to thank everyone who praised him for his prolific spiritual barfing.
“Thank you my friend. Onward,” he wrote back to many.
This was his alternative go-to response: “Thank you and Onward my friend.”
I was really hoping this was a one-time deal. That somehow Dowd just felt momentarily moved to play preacher on Twitter.
On Monday morning, I woke to find this second chalkboard-scratching monstrosity in under 24 hours.
Marvelous Monday to you all. As people come into your life, may you embrace them openly and with kindness and imagination whether it be for a day, a season or a lifetime. Each person walks into our life to reveal something about ourselves. And open us up more to love.
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) September 9, 2019
I probably shouldn’t put it this way, but God help us.