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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, December 20, 2007

Putin Up a Fight

(Fox News) - The naming of Russian President Vladimir Putin as TIME magazine's "Person of the Year" is drawing some fire from the right.

Dean Barnett of the Weekly Standard — for one — says the selection — "clarifies some of the deep-seated bias and willful ignorance that characterize so much of the mainstream media."

Putin got the nod over Al Gore, "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling, Chinese leader Hu Jintao and General David Petraeus.

TIME insists it did not intend to glorify Putin. Deputy managing editor Adi Ignatius saying "It's not an honor ... we're not saying that he's a good person, we're not saying he's a bad person. He is the person who has most affected the news in 2007 and going forward."


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