The mania over James Comey's firing would carry more weight if the press didn't behave this way every time President Trump signed an order, wrote a tweet or flushed a toilet.
Political commentators, news organizations and lawmakers on both sides had been calling for Comey's ousting for months for his bizarre, inconstant approach in conducting the sensitive investigations into Hillary Clinton's emails and then Trump's election campaign.
But now that he's gone, the media act like America just lost its favorite uncle.
Everyone is now used to the simple fact that no matter what he does, Trump cannot win the press. And that's why no one should look to it for an indication of whether he's doing anything right.
Depending on what mood the Washington media wake up in on any given day, Trump is either dumb and expected to screw up (i.e. Charles Blow wittily referring to Trump in every column as "president" in quotes) or it's, Hey, why isn't he doing everything like a normal president? Constitutional crisis!
The president's version of events is that he felt Comey was no longer up to the job and that he asked the Justice Department to make a case for his firing.
That's inconsistent with the original White House story that the president made his decision based solely on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
The media have seized this point with a vice grip as if it proves something.
It's true that the president terminated Comey after he made it public that the FBI was investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.
But that revelation came more than a month ago and the investigation was happening well before that.
Since then and before he was fired, Comey made another mistake, inaccurately stating during a May 3 Congressional hearing that Clinton aide Huma Abedin had forwarded "thousands" of emails, some containing classified information, to her husband Anthony Weiner.
The FBI was forced to walk that one back and everyone was left mildly nauseous, wondering again: What the hell is wrong with Comey?
Trump had every right and reason to fire him and it doesn't change the status of the investigation into his campaign.
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told Congress on Thursday that the probe is "highly significant" and that there had been no attempt by the administration to thwart it.
But the media have found a reason to impeach Trump, without being able to name it.
Thursday morning on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," well-known political journalist and former Bloomberg Politics co-managing editor John Heilemann said reporters should assume Trump's guilt at this point. "There's a cover-up going on," he said. "And that has to be the premise of all our reporting going forward." (This is opposed to the benefit of the doubt that the press had generously granted Trump up until now.)
The show's host, Joe Scarborough, agreed. "There is a cover-up at the White House right now," he said.
Wednesday on CNN, Susan Hennessey, one of the network's legal analysts, said that if Trump is "able to get away with this, then it's hard to imagine what he won't be able to get away with."
She didn't explain what "this" is but it sounded smart so anchor Wolf Blitzer approvingly let it pass for actual political commentary.
Liberal Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson used similar language in an op-ed published that night. Trump, he wrote, "is attempting a power play straight from the playbook of some tinhorn dictator, and he believes he will get away with it."
Again, we don't know what "it" is but Robinson's readers shouldn't let that get in the way of his well-crafted Scooby Doo-inspired warning.
In the nearly four months that Trump has been in office, the public has been shaken almost daily by a national media on high alert for a catastrophe with this administration.
It didn't happen when Trump made a phone call to Taiwan, breaking decades of ever-sacred "protocol." It didn't happen when he claimed to have been surveilled by the Obama administration. It didn't happen when he fired Obama-era acting Attorney General Sally Yates.
Why should this time be any different?
Eddie Scarry is a media reporter for the Washington Examiner.