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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, March 24, 2011

NBC’s Richard Engel Comes Under Fire During Gripping Report From Libya

(By Mark Joyella, Mediaite) - NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel was with Libyan rebels when they came under fire by Gaddafi loyalists Wednesday. Engel, who traveled to a rebel-held area south of Benghazi, was in the middle of an interview when artillery rounds begin pounding the area–rebels diving for cover and Engel caught in the middle of it. It made for powerful–and extremely dangerous–reporting.

Engel was unhurt and reported live on the incident at the top of 'NBC Nightly News' Wednesday evening–the only network evening newscast to choose Libya as a lead story over the death of Elizabeth Taylor.

As Engel reports, the Libyan rebels are poorly armed and lack leadership–weaknesses made vividly clear in his report. The rebel Engel was interviewing at the time the artillery rounds hit their location was armed only with a plastic gun–which he risked his life to retrieve amid the shelling.

It’s a story well worth watching. See it here, from NBC News:


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