Barely more than twenty-four hours after the firing of James Comey as the director of the fbi, the following headline appeared in The New York Times: “Sense of Crisis Deepens as Trump Defends f.b.i. Firing.” Had the “sense of crisis” had a chance appreciably to “deepen” in such a short time? And wasn’t it deep enough to begin with, at least according to the previous day’s Times, to warrant a comparison to the undoubtedly deep crisis of Watergate? Without even going on to read the article, one had the impression that Michael D. Shear, Jennifer Steinhauer, and Matt Flegenheimer were all doing their darnedest to make us see the crisis as deepening—perhaps even to see it as a crisis—but quite independently of any facts...


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