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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, February 23, 2011

MSNBC's Ed Schultz Asks If Union Showdown Is Part Of Fox News Aided Right Wing ‘Master Plan’

(By Matt Schneider, Mediaite) - Ed Schultz took to the streets last night to interview the protesters outside Fox News who were making Glenn Beck unhappy. The protesters were certainly not violent, but sure did have some fighting words aimed at Fox.

One protester blamed Fox News for costing former Wisconsin Democratic Senator Russ Feingold his job while also claiming “Fox and the Tea Party are one and the same.” Another protester alleged “Fox is a megaphone for the kind of ideology and philosophy that is anti-union and against the middle class. I think of them as being anti-patriotic and anti-American.” Last night Bill O’Reilly was curious why there was such hatred directed at Fox News by the Wisconsin protesters and now he’s at least received some potential theories from their New York supporters.

When Schultz returned to his studio, he discussed how Wisconsin Governor Walker is not only receiving favorable notice from Fox News for bringing about a union showdown, but also how he may have been encouraged to do so by powerful conservative forces like the Koch brothers and the Heritage Foundation. Given that Republicans have only been in power a couple of months, Schultz wondered if this could only be the beginning of a right wing “master plan” slowly coming together. With Beck offering up his nightly theories, it looks as if Schultz has decided that he too wants to play that game.


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