I, too, was a product of Sesame Street and Electric Company and ZOOM. But have you seen it lately? There are inappropriate messages and LOTS of social programming hidden in those shows now. For instance, I watched one of their cartoons called "Arthur" about a mouse named Arthur. In the first 5 minutes, they did a take-off on the Sopranos, and called it "The Altos" wherein they portrayed Italian-American mobsters. Ick! Not for my 3 year old! I like the America's Test Kitchens tremendously. But I would also watch that show if it were on, oh, say The Food Network.
The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.