Fifty hours after a video was broadcast showing the victims, including many children, of a suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held Syrian town, the United States' army fired dozens of cruise missiles against a government-held airbase in Syria.
The US strike came 77 days into Donald Trump's presidency - two and a half months marked by unprecedented hostility between the US media and a new administration.
But nothing changes the narrative quite like pictures of a few Tomahawk missiles being launched into the night sky.
And the tone shifted.
Journalists praised Trump's "decisiveness", his "morality" and the might of the US military. His actions were described as something Trump has seldom been accused of - being "presidential".