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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, March 23, 2011

'Newsbusters' Apologizes to Chris Matthews and David Corn for Anti-Semitism Accusation

(By Tommy Christopher, Mediaite) - On Monday night, conservative media watchdog Newsbusters published a column denouncing Mother Jones’ David Corn for making what they called an “anti-Semitic remark,” and whacked 'Hardball' host Chris Matthews for laughing at it. Corn responded with befuddlement at the charge, and by Tuesday evening, the original post had been deleted from Newsbusters. Much to his credit, the post has been replaced with an apology from its author, Noel Sheppard.

Noel Sheppard’s apology is not the weaselly “sorry 'if' you got offended” kiss-off that’s so popular nowadays, but an honest-to-goodness admission that he got it wrong:

This post has been modified from its original version.

After discussing with my colleagues the subject of this article, which claimed Mother Jones’s David Corn and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews engaged in an anti-Semitic discussion on Monday’s “Hardball,” I have decided that I do not stand by my allegation.

I apologize to Corn and Matthews for my misinterpretation of this conversation.


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