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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.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Bad Decision

Winston-Salem Journal

To be blunt, the Journal's reasons for removing Peanuts from the Journal's pages - explained in "So Long, Charlie Brown!" (May 14) - are stupid. Dumping Peanuts is like dumping the Beatles from radio play lists because they broke up and half the band is dead. It's like television stations ceasing to air reruns of The Andy Griffith Show because it's old.

Two full pages are devoted to comics each day, and you choose to dump Peanuts, a strip that continues to be relevant and loved by children and adults alike after more than 50 years of publication? Why not ax one of the other sub-par, unfunny, and/or otherwise forgettable strips, one of those that no one will remember after they cease to exist in a year or two?

This decision - as difficult or as flippant as it may have been for the Journal staff - means that many young newspaper readers will never really get to know Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, Sally, and the rest of the gang as we have. New art is not always better art, and an educated group of newspaper editors shouldn't have to be reminded of this fact.




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