Twitter page Comfortably Smug is now in the final four of a March Madness-style bracket they made of mainstream media and social media political figures to find who would be the “Top Liberal Hack on Twitter.”
As Twitchy reports, the bracket had humble beginnings, starting in January and spanning several weeks.
“I’ve given it some thought,” the page tweeted. “I am going to hold the First Annual Smug Industries Liberal Hack Tournament.”
The page then ranked the 64 participants within their own sphere of influence: “Liberal Activist Hacks,” “Fake News Hacks,” Establishment Hacks,” and “Way Too Online Hacks.”
“It will be a March Madness-style bracket where I post matchups and everyone votes in the polls,” the page continued. “In the end, there will be only one Top Liberal Hack on Twitter.”
Check it out:
ANNOUNCING THE CONTENDERS FOR THE FIRST ANNUAL SMUG INDUSTRIES LIBERAL HACK TOURNAMENT pic.twitter.com/36Z03o1Sz4
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) January 23, 2020
The page went on to poll for each match-up, with each poll receiving tens of thousands of participants, and now they’ve reached their final four.
“CNN’s Brian Stelter, Jim Acosta join MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Jennifer Rubin in ‘Liberal Hack Tournament’ Final Four,” the page posted.
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) February 1, 2020
Fox News reports:
The ongoing contest has been pitting many members of the mainstream media against each other in an NCAA-style format, with only one who will be crowned the champion “liberal hack.”
Stelter, a No. 1 seed, handily won the “Way Too Online Hacks” division of the tournament against Daily Beast editor-at-large Molly Jong-Fast, earning 85.7 percent of the vote. He will face off in what is being called the “Fake Four” against “Establishment Hack” division winner Rachel Maddow, who narrowly defeated CNN anchor Chris Cuomo with roughly 52 percent of the vote, which was seen as an upset, as Cuomo was a No. 3 seed while the MSNBC star was a No. 13 seed.
Meanwhile, Acosta bested his colleague, CNN anchor Don Lemon, who received attention this week after his panel mocked Trump supporters as illiterate “credulous boomer rubes.” However, Acosta, also being a No. 1 seed, was able to maintain his status, earning nearly 62 percent of the vote and winning the “Fake News Hack” division.
Rubin, the No. 2 seed who is The Washington Post’s self-described “conservative blogger,” beat out self-described “Republican” CNN commentator Ana Navarro, clinching more than 75 percent of the vote in the “Liberal Activist Hack” division.
An unidentified spokesperson for the Smug account told Fox News that they were thankful for each of the participants.
“Smug thanks every lib entrant remaining. We’re looking at real generational talents here,” the spokesperson said. “The final four hacks share a lot of key qualities: shamelessness, immunity to cognitive dissonance, paranoia, hypocrisy, and a loose relationship to facts. Victory will go to whoever wants it most. With 832,296 votes cast so far, one thing is clear: this is all coming down to turnout.”