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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.

Friday, March 09, 2007

The liberal media? No (expletive) way!

Now suppose I were to stand up here and call Ann Coulter a (expletive). (Interestingly, unlike "faggot," American newspapers won't print this word, although it's no more offensive). That would, I believe, be a highly inappropriate thing to do. Even though it's my personal opinion that, if anyone deserves to be called a (expletive) Coulter does, it's still the sort of thing any decent person will avoid doing.
Yet if I were to point out that Ann Coulter is, by any reasonable standard of evaluation, a (expletive), I suspect much outrage would ensue. After all, Nancy Pelosi is giving a speech later tonight inside this same hotel, in which someone Pelosi doesn't know would have called Ann Coulter a (expletive).
If such a thing were to happen, the entire right-wing noise machine would leap into action. Ann Althouse would probably write a column in the New York Times about how, if Pelosi were really a feminist, she would unequivocally condemn some guy Pelosi has never heard of, who called Ann Coulter a (expletive) in front of 75 people in a hotel room in Denver.
Meanwhile, Ann Coulter calls John Edwards a faggot on national TV, at the same podium from which Mitt Romney had just told the world how much he loves Ann Coulter, and the result is that, rather than being shunned by every decent human being on the planet - or at least by people who would like to be elected president - Coulter is immediately invited on to CNN to discuss her views further.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is your "liberal media" in action.

— Paul C. Campos

Interestingly enough, this same column ran this morning in the WSJ, but without the middle Pelosi/feminist part I included above.

Yep — I now realize what John Edwards should've said after Ann's scheduled 'outrageous' moment: "Well, what do you expect from a bitch like Ann Coulter?" Imagine a presidential candidate saying that. Hell, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right?

Then the next time John sees Ann in person, he gives her the finger before punching her in the adam's apple. Just kidding about that last part — to paraphrase Ryan Seacrest, this is American Idol, not WWE. Not yet, at least.


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