"The way they wrote this story... it's an embarrassment. If you go to the Obama for President site, you won't see the kind of language that Time magazine put in a news story," Media Research Center president Brent Bozell told viewers of the December 17 "Hannity & Colmes." [audio available here]
Appearing live via satellite from the MRC's new state-of-the-art studio, Bozell scoffed at writer David Von Drehle's syrupy write-up:
Look at this quote. I mean, [Democratic strategist] Kirsten [Powers] says that they're flowery. Get this: "We are all accustomed to that Obi-wan Kenobi calm, though we may never entirely understand it." What they hell are they talking about?!
Liberal co-host Alan Colmes protested that Time should be expected to "give an eloquent defense" of the choice:
COLMES: What, are they gonna bad-mouth the guy after they pick him?
BOZELL: Look, if you go back and you look at the Man of the Year coverage that they gave to George Bush or to Ronald Reagan, it was not a press release for those two. Go back and read those pieces.