William Katz:  Urgent Agenda




Posted at 8:26 p.m. ET

There are wack jobs, and then there are the kings and queens of the wackdom, one more wacked than the other.

With a hat tip to NewsBusters, a case in point:  One Nancy Gibbs of TIME.  She reports on Obama's election this way.  I'm not kidding:

Some princes are born in palaces. Some are born in mangers. But a few are born in the imagination, out of scraps of history and hope. Barack Obama never talks about how people see him: I'm not the one making history, he said every chance he got. You are. Yet as he looked out Tuesday night through the bulletproof glass, in a park named for a Civil War general, he had to see the truth on people's faces. We are the ones we've been waiting for, he liked to say, but people were waiting for him, waiting for someone to finish what a King began.

You have something to look forward to.  It gets worse:

Barack Hussein Obama did not win because of the color of his skin. Nor did he win in spite of it. He won because at a very dangerous moment in the life of a still young country, more people than have ever spoken before came together to try to save it. And that was a victory all its own.

This is high-school journalism.  But, look, we've come to accept it.

And who said this country needed to be saved?  Isn't that the language of fundamentalism, which reporters like Gibbs probably despises? 

He let loose a deep blue wave that washed well past the coasts and the college towns, into the South through Virginia and Florida, the Mountain West with Colorado and New Mexico, into the Ohio Valley and the Midwestern battlegrounds: you could almost walk from Maine to Minnesota without getting your feet wet in a red state. After months of mapmaking all the roads to 270, Obama tore right past with ease.

Ms. Gibbs, of course, would not bother our little heads with complications like the economic meltdown, in which Mr. Obama's party played a huge role through its Fannies and Freddies, nor would she admit that reporters like her played an equally huge role in boosting Obama every chance they could.

A nation doesn't much need a big President in small times; it needs one when the future is spitting out monsters. We've heard so much about Obama's brand-new voters that we easily forget the others he found, the ones who hadn't voted since Vietnam or who had never dreamed they'd vote for a black man or a liberal or a Democrat, much less all three. But many Americans are living through the worst decade of their lives, and they have anger-management issues.

The worst decade?  How about a decade, say, from 1935 to 1945, when many Americans went without shoes, then saw thousands of their brothers killed in a few days of Pacific or European battles?

This is just too embarrassing.  Journalism needs a maturity bailout.

UPDATE AT 8:28 P.M. ET:  From Adweek:  NEW YORK With a handful of higher-ups already out the door, Time Inc. is moving to the rank-and-file as it, like other publishers, seeks to reduce its workforce in the face of dropping ad revenue.  Some of Time Inc.’s biggest magazines have put out the call for at least 83 volunteers to take buyouts, according to memos and staffers at the company.

COMMENT:  I have a nomination.  See the previous paragraphs.

November 11, 2008.