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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, April 14, 2007

"Ho" Trouble

(Fox News) - Don Imus got in trouble for using the word "ho" to describe members of the Rutgers University women's basketball team. But a comedian in Chicago who regularly uses that word in his act — along with "bitch" — was made a spokesman for a campaign to halt violence against women anyway.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports comedian Jay Deep appears in T.V., print, and city bus ads sponsored by the Chicago Foundation for Women.

He defends using the words in his act — saying he is an artist — while maintaining he is committed to the anti-violence program. But the associate director of the group says no one at the foundation had ever seen him perform before signing him to do the ads — and says if they had, he would not have been recruited.

Meanwhile the executive director of Chicago's Battered Women's Network says she's in shock over putting him in the ads — saying you have to know who you're working with.


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