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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.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Edwards takes up residence on Page 1

You've been seeing a lot of John Edwards on the front page of The News & Observer lately. Get used to it; there's more to come, right through your holidays.

Last week, the paper ran front-page stories about Edwards on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, and more were planned for the weekend (after this column's deadline). The reason is apparent. After five years of determined stalking of the Oval Office, the former senator will very likely see his political future decided in the next three to four weeks -- in the Iowa caucuses Jan. 3 and the New Hampshire primary Jan. 8.

So The N&O has geared up for a sprint to the finish line with the hometown hopeful in a spate of stories that will be almost as exhausting for the reporters as the candidate. Reporter Rob Christensen trailed Edwards across Iowa all last week, and Washington correspondent Barbara Barrett earlier spent two days with him in New Hampshire.


Ted Vaden

Looks like NandO plans to give up even the charade of objectivity. Maybe they should just change the name of the paper to "The John Edwards Newsletter" or "Ted Vaden's Homoerotic John Edwards Fanboy Rag." Maybe Vaden should run a story on how he likes to give the Silky Pony foot massages and back rubs on those long, quiet evenings at home.

2 Comments:

Blogger Andy W. Rogers said...

Steve opines: "Maybe Vaden should run a story on how he likes to give the Silky Pony foot massages and back rubs on those long, quiet evenings at home."

That visual could make a sane man puke at his keyboard, Steve. Ha! :-)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 8:31:00 PM  
Blogger Steve Brenneis said...

Indeed.

I almost puked when I read Vaden's article. Could he get his head any farther up Edwards' butt?

Things like that make me want to cash in my 401K so I can buy a controlling interest in the paper and fire pinheads like Vaden. It's not worth it in the long run, though. Another one just like him will come along eventually.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 8:48:00 PM  

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