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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, July 31, 2008

Media Darling

(Fox News) - Barack Obama received a hero's welcome at a convention of minority journalists in Chicago, Sunday.

The Honolulu Star Bulletin reports that when Obama walked on stage at the gathering dubbed UNITY '08, "Many journalists in the audience leapt to their feet and applauded enthusiastically after being told not to do so. During a two-minute break halfway through the event... journalists ran to the stage to snap photos of Obama."

Not everyone attending the convention was a journalist, but the incident has come in for some criticism. National Association of Black Journalists Vice President Ernest Suggs told Newsweek Online, "It is offensive that because we have the same color or the same agenda, our journalistic ethics and responsibilities go out the window."


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