"Besides, if you've got a problem with the 'cultural wasteland' of television, you can thank your fellow Americans."Strother's right in that what's on the tube is "supply and demand." If people want to watch trash, the media companies will show trash. Besides, there's so many channels now that everybody should be able to find something to watch. Now, I didn't watch that movie on Pope John Paul II because I don't like movies like that; I would much rather see something on the Pope on the History Channel with archival footage & such, not with some actor playing him.
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.