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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.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

SCOTT MOONEYHAM: Jesse Helms' Legacy

Raleigh (ThePilot.com) - There's a lesson for current-day politicians in "Senator No: Jesse Helms," a documentary examining the life and career of the controversial five-term U.S. senator.

The 90-minute documentary from independent filmmaker John Wilson aired recently on UNC-TV. It provides a fair, balanced account of Helms, from his days as a fiery, pro-segregation orator on Raleigh's WRAL-TV to his years pushing socially conservative causes in Washington.

The film makes clear Helms' place as one of the more important political figures of the latter half of the 20th century, guiding and shaping the "New Right" conservative movement.


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