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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.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Local NC TV Crew Pranked on Live TV During Irene Coverage

(By Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze) - If you were anywhere near the East Coast this past weekend, you know that local news broadcasted Hurricane Irene coverage non-stop from Friday night through Sunday evening. Because of that, many stations were scratching to pull together guests and fill air time. After all, you can only show a weather map so many times.

One such station was WRAL-TV in Raleigh, NC. WRAL has produced a number of quality stories that we’ve featured on this site, but there was one point during its hurricane coverage on Saturday that made many do a double take. What do I mean? Well, the station was pranked on live TV when they thought they were interviewing a hurricane expert who turned out to be a Howard Stern fan.

The station thought it was talking to Ernie Seneca from the states emergency management office (who does really exist). And for the most part, “Seneca” acted like it, giving people tips on how to stay safe during the storm. But then he made a comment that left the newscasters dumbfounded: “This storm was caused by a draft of wind from Howard Stern’s a***ole.”

Say what? The newscast went silent for what seems like an eternity before the anchors came back and pretended like nothing happened:


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