If there was one thing MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was determined not to normalize on Donald Trump’s inauguration day, it was the incoming president’s unbuttoned overcoat. Which Matthews mentioned at least three times.
“Why doesn’t Trump button his coat?” Matthews fretted. “Sign of formality there.”
Given the strange, strained and unprecedented relationship between Trump and the television news media, the most striking about Friday's coverage was its unexpected predictability.
While revelations and suppositions about Russia’s involvement in election continue to emerge, CNN, Fox, and MSNBC seemed trapped in a contextual bubble — determined...