The return of press complacency

I generally agree with Tony Soprano that “Remember when?” is the lowest form of conversation. But a few weeks away from Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration it is hard not to get misty-eyed thinking about the early days of Donald Trump’s administration.

I remember when Ben Carson’s furniture purchases ranked highly among the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind. I remember when stories about cabinet members spending money on travel that I had always scoffed at in my day as an editor at the Washington Free Beacon suddenly led the homepages of every major newspaper in the country. I remember when Trump was going to be impeached for tweeting about the NFL.



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