President Trump isn’t wrong when he says the political press has done a poor job covering his administration. He also isn’t wrong to characterize much of last year's reporting and commentary as hot garbage.

But the president’s claim that reporters have been using fake sources is a different kind of media criticism. It’s an extremely serious charge, and one that doesn’t appear to have any basis in reality.

Perhaps more astonishing than the claim itself is the fact that this isn't even the first time that the president has accused major media reporters of using made-up sources.

From Dec. 30:

From Dec. 19:

From July 16:

And as far back as August 2016:

And so on, and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on.

A shocking number of political news stories fell apart last year. That's a fact. In nearly every case, the botched story relied entirely on anonymous sources. The president is correct when he complains that much of the unflattering coverage of his administration has hinged on the say-so of mysterious nameless officials.

But there’s nothing to back Trump's claim that the bungled news coverage has been the product of reporters concocting sources and claims from thin-air. If that were true, it’d be a major scandal. It'd be like if someone combined infamous fabulists Stephen Glass, Janet Cooke, Jayson Blair, and Jonah Lehrer into one mega media misfire of epic proportions.

But there just isn't any evidence to prove Trump's allegation.

The reporting has been sloppy, misleading, and even dishonest. But straight-up fabricated? Show your homework. It’s one thing to engage in an extended and careless game of telephone, which many reporters and pundits did last year. It’s another thing entirely to make up imaginary friends, which the president keeps claiming without any proof.