This from Lisa de Moraes’ television column puts things in perspective.
But on Fox, Bush held steady year-to-year, with just under 10 million viewers. Credit both years’ showings to "American Idol," which this year handed the president a whopping 29 million-viewer lead-in — of which he fumbled 66 percent, which should have gotten him canceled the very next morning. The remaining 9.9 million viewers who waited patiently for Bush to begin singing "A Whole New World," in order to enjoy watching him get shredded by Simon Cowell, were of course disappointed.
Fans of W: please give Lisa a break. She just returned from two weeks of listening to the master spinmeisters who run the television networks work their magic. Carville and Matlin could take lessons from those guys.