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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.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Anderson and Angelina

CNN hit a new low in smarmy as it hyped a "special edition" of "Anderson Cooper 360" Tuesday night: "Angelina Jolie: Her Mission and Motherhood," featuring Cooper's big scoop, the "first interview" with Angelina Jolie since she had her baby.

Start with Cooper, the glam, my-precious-feelings correspondent whose ascent to cable TV news stardom steamrolled over avuncular veteran newsman Aaron Brown and depressed the news slot's ratings for months. Add Jolie, the tattooed ex-wife of Tinsel town bad boy Billy Bob Thornton, fresh from Namibia, where she had a baby with a trendy Hollywood name -- Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt -- sired by a movie star who just last year was someone else's husband. And here's an eye-roller: They're Talking About Poverty in the Third World.

It promised to be a package of everything annoying about celebrity culture -- the rich and statuesque preening as they bemoan the plight of the destitute and forsaken.

Debra Saunders

Don't assume you know what this article says after the teaser I posted. Read it.


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