It was a year that required the press to be at its best — a year when a vengeful, unstable president failed to deal with a national health crisis, while launching the most divisive, dishonest re-election campaign in White House history.
Time and again though, the Beltway press failed to meet the crucial challenge. Here’s 12 times when the press let us down. Viewed separately, the transgressions might seem minor. Cumulatively, they’re part of a larger pattern where the mainstream press has stumbled badly in recent years.