The Press: 23 Minutes to Anywhere

Politicians and reporters, who rarely agree, found themselves united at last week's Democratic Convention on one proposition: photographers can be a hell of a nuisance. At the few exciting moments, a human wall of cameramen lined the edge of the speakers' platform. Some reporters in the press section were cut off from a view of the delegates on the floor, while the endless flashbulbs and shrill, insistent cries for "one more!" distracted the speakers.

When one testy Congressman shouted, "Why don't you all go home?" a photographer growled back: "Why don't you kiss my...