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Bully Pulpit

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.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Burying the Big News?

From Fox News:

The Army's Chief of Staff, General Peter Schoomaker, told reporters on Thursday that while the Army will probably fall short of its goal of 80,000 new recruits this year, those losses are being offset by soldiers already in Iraq re-enlisting in record numbers.

Oddly enough, the French wire service Agence France Press, got it right. It's headline said, "Army Chief Says Re-Enlistment Strong, Force not Broken." But The Washington Post ran the story under the headline, "Army Likely to Meet August's, But Not Year's, Recruiting Goal."

The Post didn't even mention the unprecedented retention rates... until the seventh paragraph.


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