All week, we will hear about President Donald Trump's first 100 days, which culminates Saturday.
Media have developed a pack narrative that says the first 100 days have been a display of dysfunction in which President Trump has barely achieved anything worthwhile.
Intelligent minds can agree to disagree about Trump's performance, but one accomplishment will defy dispute.
Trump finally put the White House correspondents' dinner in its rightful place. He will not attend and instead will hold a rally in Pennsylvania.
The dinners began in 1921, and 15 presidents have attended at least one since Calvin Coolidge showed up in 1924. No president has skipped a dinner since President Ronald Reagan, who could not attend while recovering from a gunshot wound in 1981.
The dinner has long been an embarrassment to much of the journalism profession. White House reporters show up in black tie to schmooze with a president they are supposed to cover with adversarial skepticism. They are to keep presidents in check, which becomes difficult after an evening of whooping it up.
Sprinkled among journalists are Hollywood celebrities. During the Obama years, the likes of Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian competed with starstruck reporters to get their pictures taken with the president.
Correspondents' dinners with Obama were love fests. It was so out of control in 2016 that CNN radio's Bob Garfield called it "repulsive."
"These are supposed to be the watchdogs, watchdogging those in power," Garfield said. "And they're sitting there passing one another dinner rolls with zero possibility of any journalism breaking out. It's a sham. If I'm gonna dine with a high official, my tape recorder is going to be switched on and my notebook is gonna be open."
The New York Post quoted a late-night TV news veteran saying: "It's too chummy there. The press and the people it covers shouldn't be hanging out after hours and rubbing shoulders."
Imagine the awkward nature of a dinner in which celebrities and reporters tried chumming it up with Trump. Hollywood and the majority of White House reporters despise Trump and have made this no secret. The Media Research Center, which surveys and tallies news coverage, found TV networks produced mostly positive coverage of Obama during his first 80 days.
Trump received coverage deemed a whopping 89 percent "negative."
"As President Trump approaches the end of his first 100 days in office, he has received by far the most hostile press treatment of any incoming American president," wrote the survey's analysts, Rich Noyes and Mike Ciandella. Let's hope Trump's decision starts a new tradition in which presidents don't party with reporters. Presidents and reporters should respect one another and not take to the public stage to act like friends.