Michiko Kakutani, chief book critic of the New York Times and evidently no fan of Donald Trump, had tweeted images of Edvard Munch's 'The Scream" and gloomy quotes from Leonard Cohen.
Meanwhile, over at Fox News, Sean Hannity and Michelle Malkin, in high spirits on the set, had agreed, with broad smiles, about the "giddy" atmosphere in the network's green room as the inauguration approached.
And New York City's leading tabloid newspapers, presumably without consultation, produced nearly identical front pages for the big day. Both showed a photograph of the new president pointing toward the cameras and the headline, "Don of a New Day."
Business as usual. But one could discern something new emerging from America's media maelstrom.
There was a tension - something that felt like cognitive dissonance, the effort to deal with two opposing things at the same time.