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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, September 30, 2008

Rush Limbaugh's Morning Update: Apology

Well, with so much focus on the $700 billion bailout boondoggle, you may have missed a rare event: a Drive-By Media apology.

At issue? A column by Drive-By journalist Heather Mallick after the Republican convention, posted on the Canadian Broadcast Corporation website. Ms. Mallick wrote that Sarah Palin looked like a "porn actress" and was chosen to appease the Party's "unlettered," "white trash" base -- "the hick vote." She claimed red states vote Republican "to give themselves the only self-esteem available to their broken, economically abused existence."

And that was mild! Ms. Mallick went on to say that Gov. Palin "isn't even female really," attacking her as "vicious and profoundly dishonest." Then came the smears on the rest of the Palin family. Daughter Bristol was called a "pramface"; Mallick described Bristol's boyfriend an "f-in' redneck." Even Palin's army son Track wasn't spared -- Mallick claimed that he is "terrified" as he heads to Iraq.

There was more , and it was equally vile. After 300 complaints, the Canadian broadcaster apologized: "Mallick's column is a classic piece of political invective. [Because] it is viciously personal, grossly hyperbolic, and intensely partisan... this column should not have appeared on the CBCNews.ca site." They put new editing procedures in place to keep this stuff under wraps. (They say.)

But this is exactly what you Drive-Bys believe! You know it, and I know it. So why hide this stuff? Why apologize? Just be who you are -- unapologetically! For once!

Read the Background Material on the Morning Update...
National Post: CBC News Apologizes for Web Column Attacking Palin


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