Brent Bozell

Now you might understand why President Bush might skip reading the Times at sunup -- as many others have decided to, which explains the New York Times Company's $1.1 billion in total debt.

More recently, Dan Rather declared that Bush must go, which is hilarious considering he certainly didn't see how he needed to leave CBS after he demolished his own credibility in the Rathergate phony-document mess. Joe Scarborough warmly invited the disgraced anchorman to his MSNBC set to opine, and Rather quickly brought out his all-you-can-eat breakfast plate of hyperbole: "We're in possibly the biggest crisis we've been in since Dec. 7, 1941, and maybe since the time of the Civil War. So, we can't afford to have this interregnum."

Even if our problems are dire, why are media liberals so almost religiously assured that Obama will crumble the crisis within hours of being sworn in?

On PBS, the cry came on the show "Washington Week," where moderator Gwen Ifill took time away from writing her Obama-boosting book to moderate a discussion on how Obama should be granted extra time in office. She insisted "some people" felt that since Obama had higher approval ratings than Bush on responding to the Mumbai terror attacks, the transition should be shortened. New York Times reporter Peter Baker said that was exactly right: "People voted for change, and this strange, odd 77-day waiting period that we impose, in effect, between our election and our inauguration -- which is necessary to build a new government and get ready -- but it's such a long period in a hyperactive 24/7 fast-moving culture that we have today."

Isn't this funny? The transition's never been "odd" before. We do have a hyperactive, fast-moving media culture today, but the media ought to ponder whether their hyperactivity is helping to increase panic rather than curtailing it. In 2000, they wanted the election dragged out. In 2008, they want the Inauguration rushed. Would we be surprised if they all demanded that Obama's too important to be rushed out of office when his departure time comes, and can't the whole swearing-in thing be delayed until March?

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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