I've always wondered how Stephen Colbert and Keith Olbermann will transition on Jan. 20, 2009 — the day George W. Bush will officially retire to his Texas ranch. But there is someone else I forgot: Fox News. What will the highest-rated cable news channel do without its raison d'être?
Time recently discussed the channel's affair with the Bush Administration:
Fox News is not simply a mouthpiece for the Bush White House: it rose with Bush after 2000 and 9/11, was played on TVs in his White House and reflected the same surety and flag-lapel-pin confidence in its tone and star-spangled look. It was not just a hit; it was the network of the moment.
So, how will Fox News handle the next president? Will it eagerly channel outrage at a Democratic president? Will it embrace a President McCain?