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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, July 06, 2011

Bernie Goldberg to Bill O’Reilly: Geraldo Wouldn‘t Defend Anthony Verdict if Victim Was ’Hispanic Immigrant’

(By Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze) - The Casey Anthony verdict has caused plenty of consternation among the media. One such person annoyed, angry, and flummoxed is Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. On Tuesday, he hosted media critic Bernard Goldberg to discuss it. And when O’Reilly brought up his just-concluded interview with Geraldo Rivera — in which Geraldo defended Anthony as a “good mother” — Goldberg went off.

“I wonder if Geraldo and others who think like Geraldo would be so open minded if let’s say a militia man in Arizona was accused of killing a Hispanic immigrant, and the evidence was similar to this case — a mountain of circumstantial evidence,” he said. “You think Geraldo Rivera would go on the air and talk to you the way he did?”

Understanding that the question was loaded, and there’s really no non-controversial way to answer it, O’Reilly responded, “I really can’t answer that.”

Goldberg did: “I don’t think he would speculate that maybe this person did it, maybe she’s crazy, maybe this, maybe that. This is ridiculous.”

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