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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.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Obama Administration punishes reporter for using multimedia

The President who has touted the use of new technology and social media is punishing a reporter for posting a cell phone video of protesters at one of his speeches in San Francisco. (Breitbart.tv)

(By Phil Bronstein, San Francisco Chronicle) - The hip, transparent and social media-loving Obama administration is showing its analog roots. And maybe even some hypocrisy highlights.

White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country from the approved pool of journalists covering presidential visits to the Bay Area for using now-standard multimedia tools to gather the news.

The Chronicle's Carla Marinucci - who, like many contemporary reporters, has a phone with video capabilities on her at all times - shot some protesters interrupting an Obama fundraiser at the St. Regis Hotel.

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