Donald Trump's presidential candidacy started out as a joke, but he's now being taken seriously at the White House. What about the media? Today, for the first time, President Obama addressed Donald Trump's presumptive candidacy to be his successor — taking a swipe at political coverage and urging reporters to take Trump as seriously as they take other candidates for high public office.
Walter Shapiro has covered 10 presidential contests. He's now a columnist for Roll Call and a lecturer on politics and the media at Yale. His latest book is Hustling Hitler, about his own uncle — a consummate confidence man.