The media's utopian desire to replace strongman Musharraf with Bhutto springs from its ardent wish to deal Bush another defeat and to place Bush in the uncomfortable position of choosing between democratic principles and victory in the War on Terror.
The media wishes to castigate Bush for his broadly pro-democratic worldview, labeling him a hypocrite. The media sees no such anti-Bush opportunity in Lebanon, where anti-Western leaders are Syrian-supported tyrants. If George W. Bush's failure to dump Musharraf amounts to hypocrisy, it is at least a hypocrisy calculated to forward America's national interest. The media's hypocrisy in failing to cover the crisis in Lebanese democracy, by contrast, demonstrates its disregard for democracy as a whole.
When it comes to international politics, the media has only one priority: humiliating George W. Bush. Musharraf provides a useful tool to that end. Lebanon does not.