If the mainstream media had it's wish, Michael Cohen's plea deal with prosecutors on Tuesday would mean the beginning of the end for President Donald Trump.
But these media talking head fantasies aren't grounded in reality.
Trump is not sunk. He's not going to be impeached. It's not the end of "Make America Great Again."
It's not even close, according to Harvard legal scholar Alan Dershowitz. He told NewsmaxTV that Tuesday "was a bad day for the White House."
"But some of the networks have been playing taps, basically saying this is the end of the presidency," Dershowitz, the legal expert that mentored former President Barack Obama, said. "That seems a little bit over the top and exaggerated."
Yes, it looks bad for Trump — and that means it's a headline the media loves.
And to be fair, Cohen's move is embarrassing… because in the high stakes political theater of Washington, D.C., Democratic leaders like Maxine Waters will get to make a mountain out of a molehill.
But in the end, this is all a "Hail Mary" attempt to set-up Trump by special counsel Robert Mueller.
"Why was Michael Cohen investigated? Because the 'Steele dossier' had him making secret trips to meet with Russians that never happened, so his business dealings got a thorough scrubbing and, in the process, he fell into the special counsel's Manafort bin — the bin reserved for squeezing until the juice comes out," political analyst Mark Penn wrote on The Hill on Wednesday.
"The plot to get President Trump out of office thickens, as Cohen obviously was his own mini-crime syndicate and decided that his betrayals of Trump meant he would be better served turning on his old boss to cut the best deal with prosecutors he could, rather than holding out and getting the full Manafort treatment. That was clear the minute he hired attorney Lanny Davis, who doesn't try cases and did past work for Hillary Clinton," Penn wrote. "Cohen had recorded his client, trying to entrap him, sold information about Trump (while acting as his lawyer) to corporations for millions of dollars, and didn't pay taxes on millions."