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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

Ron Paul: 'When fascism comes it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross'...



Ron Paul on Fox & Friends; 12-18-07

9 Comments:

Blogger Strother said...

Just an observation: Fox News has a nearly 1:1 "goofballs for hosts" ratio, far worse that I see on any news outlet. Hey random Fox News dork: so, you ask Paul a question, then after his answer, you decide to weigh in with, "Governor Huckabee is not selling fascism, he's simply sending out a Christmas message." A Christmas CAMPAIGN message, you mean. BTW, who cares what you're paid to think, Smirky McHairspray? As usual, this Fox News moron is more concerned with getting the last word rather than getting it right.
But I digress.
And Paul — as usual — is quick with the right idea and the most direct, truthful way to say it. He must scare the sh!t out of his Republican competitors. Paul's reference to the Sinclair Lewis quote — "When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross" — was an appropriate, witty response regarding Huckabee's obvious pandering to his Christian voter base.
BTW, what's the point of this edited down interview with Paul?
Full disclosure: I saw the clip that Andy posted earlier of Huckabee and The Floating Cross and thought, "Where? I don't see it." I guess you have to be looking for it to see it.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 9:07:00 PM  
Blogger Steve Brenneis said...

I love this clip. Ron Paul was dead on with his Sinclair Lewis quote. And no, he wasn't comparing the cross and the flag to fascism. I love how the Fox pinhead becomes a stuttering idiot after Dr. Paul uses the F word. No not that one.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 9:08:00 PM  
Blogger Strother said...

One more thought on Ron Paul: If he doesn't win the Republican primary, it will be because the majority of Republican primary voters in 2008 aren't very smart. Sadly, Paul is probably too smart to win the nomination; if he doesn't win, that will be the reason. There will be no other good explanation for his loss.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 9:26:00 PM  
Blogger Andy W. Rogers said...

Fox News does have the best lookin' women delivering the news... Just my humble opinion. :-)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 9:45:00 PM  
Blogger Steve Brenneis said...

That's nice, Andy, but what does it have to do with this thread?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 11:02:00 PM  
Blogger Andy W. Rogers said...

I was responding to Strother's opinion about the Fox News anchors being goofballs. I just wanted to opine that they (Fox News) have some of the prettiest female goofballs in cable news. :-)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 8:19:00 AM  
Blogger Steve Brenneis said...

As smarmy and tabloid as Faux News has become, they might as well have the female anchors reading the news while stark naked.

OT, but whatever happened to Kiran Chetry? I read somewhere that they fired her, but no one really knew why. I guess she got pregnant and ruined that whole availability fantasy.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 9:01:00 AM  
Blogger Andy W. Rogers said...

Steve opines: "As smarmy and tabloid as Faux News has become, they might as well have the female anchors reading the news while stark naked."

That's probably the best idea I've heard from you in the 14 plus years that I've known you, Steve. Ha! :-)

"OT, but whatever happened to Kiran Chetry? I read somewhere that they fired her, but no one really knew why. I guess she got pregnant and ruined that whole availability fantasy."

From Wikipedia:

In early 2007, as Chetry's contract with Fox News neared the end of its term, the network negotiated with Chetry's agent to renew her contract. Her contract was expected to be renewed with her continuing to co-host Fox & Friends Weekend. However, talks ended when Fox News claimed in a February 15, 2007, letter to Chetry's agent, that Chetry had demanded "that Fox News include a clause in her new agreement that would have been detrimental to other Fox News Talent." The cable news network added that it would not renew her contract and that she was free to leave before the expiration of her contract: Chetry exercised that option. Allegedly, Chetry wanted a clause in her contract that would have had Gretchen Carlson, a co-anchor of Fox & Friends, fired. Chetry's agent countered that the allegation of Chetry's wanting Carlson fired was "absolutely false". Another source said that the clause in question merely requested a written clarification of whether Chetry would become a "Fox & Friends" co-host and, if so, when. If that were not to happen by a certain date, then Chetry would have a window to exit her new contract.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 9:29:00 AM  
Blogger Steve Brenneis said...

However, talks ended when Fox News claimed in a February 15, 2007, letter to Chetry's agent, that Chetry had demanded "that Fox News include a clause in her new agreement that would have been detrimental to other Fox News Talent."

Yep, FNN wanted to dump her. That's standard corporate-speak for "don't let the door hit you in the butt on your way out." I wonder why. I doubt it had anything to do with hosting Fox & Friends, and the cat fight angle makes titillating news, but it seems pretty unlikely.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 9:55:00 AM  

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