When Americans cast their 2016 presidential ballots, the collective emotion could be summarized as: "How did we get this dismal choice?" Not since 1956 had there been such profound dissatisfaction with how candidates were nominated for president. The problem was not only the unpopularity of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but also widespread accusations of unfairness that accompanied the nomination fights in both parties.
By Walter Shapiro
The news media may be reeling in an era of fake news, but nothing halts the journalistic passion for predictable rituals like toting up presidential accomplishments after 14 weeks and two days in office. One hundred days is an unfair standard to assess any president's accomplishments.