Now that the Russia-collusion narrative has disappeared and the glorified victim status for Mika Brzezinski has lost its luster, the national media has turned entirely incoherent in their coverage of President Trump.
Trump's second major overseas trip as president started Thursday with a moving speech in Poland championing the spread of Western democracy and calling on European nations to defend their sovereignty.
He complimented America's allies while calling on Russia to "cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere and its support for hostile regimes."
And Trump said the U.S. "will always welcome new citizens who share our values and love our people" but that "our borders will always be closed to terrorism and extremism of any kind."
Any sane person might hear those words and call it at least an O.K. speech.
But because the subject doesn't relate to Russia stealing the election from Hillary Clinton or to an erosion of press freedom by way of Trump tweeting insults at cable news, the media are left sputtering for novel ways to hate the president.
The Washington Post's news article on Trump's speech described it as "a dark and provocative address with nationalist overtones."
"Nationalist" is the media's dismissive catch-all term for any policy that defines the U.S. as an independent country.
On the Post's opinion page, liberal columnist Eugene Robinson took the portion of Trump's speech about sovereignty as an assault on his favorite ethnic foods.
"Imagine Italy without tomato sauce, a gift from the New World," Robinson wrote in earnest on what is no doubt a keyboard smudged with marinara.
Robinson's colleague Jonathan Capehart summed up Trump's speech as a mash-up of "white-nationalist dog whistles."
During a portion of Trump's remarks, he said of Western civilization, "We write symphonies. We pursue innovation. We celebrate our ancient heroes, embrace our timeless traditions and customs, and always seek to explore and discover brand-new frontiers."
Capehart called the line about symphonies "a familiar boast that swells the chests of white nationalists everywhere."
It's easy to imagine that any attempt at engaging Capehart in polite small talk invariably leads to deeply uncomfortable lectures about white microaggressions.
At the news website Vox, foreign policy writer Sarah Wildman dubbed Trump's speech "an alt-right manifesto" with "the type of dire, last-chance wording often utilized by the far right."
(There's a tiny East Asian country that has used perhaps more "dire" and "last-chance wording" lately but Wildman was referring to when Trump said, "The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive.")
CNN is already against the wall after recently retracting a report on a Trump associate's supposed ties to Russian money.
But in a rush to find something wrong with Trump on his trip, White House correspondent Jim Acosta bruised his network again.
Before his speech in Poland, Trump said in a press conference that he had found that only "three or four" out 17 U.S. intelligence agencies made formal conclusions about Russia's election interference.
Acosta called Trump's comments "fake news" and wondered, "Where does that number come from? Where does this 'three or four' number come from? My suspicion ... is that if we go to the administration and ask them for this question, I'm not so sure we're going to get an answer."
Except everyone else by that point, including the New York Times, had known that Trump was correct. Just four agencies have formally and independently made their conclusions about the election interference.
Journalists on social media were also quick to pass around a video clip of Poland's first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda shaking Melania Trump's hand before the president's, who had stuck his own hand out. It was an apparent "snub," several news sites said.
"OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD," CNN political analyst Chris Cillizza, an adult male, reacted on Twitter.
The longer clip showed Kornhauser-Duda returning to the president after having greeted Melania.
This is the state of media affairs.
Maybe we should revive the Russia-collusion story.