READ: NBC’s First Read Reports 3 Trump Scandals, Writes ‘Any One of These Stories Would Have Dominated the News…But in Our Current Era, It Was Just Tuesday’

NBC News’ First Read—their daily breaking news summary—made note of something that prior to January 2017 would have been considered a major development. Now, not so much.

What was this paradigm shift?

Three scandals from the administration of President Donald Trump all broke on Tuesday:

  • Trump reportedly asked acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to ensure a Trump ally was in charge of the Michael Cohen investigation
  • Trump administration insiders “told a congressional committee that efforts by former national security adviser Michael Flynn to transfer sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia may have violated the law, and investigators fear Trump is still considering it”
  • Reports surfaced House and Senate Democrats “obtained evidence that a senior official at the Department of Education tried to oust the department’s independent watchdog after she pushed back on an attempt to interfere in an active investigation of Secretary Betsy DeVos”

But investigations, resignations and firings under clouds of scandal, charges of ethics violations and indictments are so commonplace in the Trump administration that three new ones seemed like a normal day.

NBC called the Trump administration “ethically challenged.”

According to NBC:

“Any one of these stories would have dominated the news — for days and weeks — in any other administration. But in our current era, it was just Tuesday.”

And people noticed the new normal.

Although the Trump administration line of defense against all such stories—even those that go from alleged to confirmed—seems to be paying dividends.

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Amelia Mavis Christnot

Amelia Christnot is an Oglala Lakota, Kanien'kehá:ka and Metis Navy brat who settled in the wilds of Northern Maine. She considers herself another proud Maineiac. Her picture is from 1984 for purely Orwellian reasons.