As you have probably figured out, this is a medium for noticing what’s going on in politics, media, society and culture — and for mounting good-faith arguments, supported by evidence, for or against. If you’re looking merely for “he sucks” or “that’s bullshit,” you have stumbled upon the wrong place.
Week to week, subject to subject, Bully Pulpit can be angry, funny, poignant, shocking or some combination of the above. (Plus more cursing than you might expect.) But I hope it is never just a spasm of id. Here, we think things through.
I’ve been at this sort of work for decades in radio, TV, newspapers, magazines, books, online, onstage and even in film. The joy of this particular platform is that I’m not confined by the orthodoxies, sensitivities or fears of anyone else. Nonetheless, I’m not endeavoring to form a cult around my worldview (although I do have some nice saffron robes picked out just in case); I’m trying to build a community of challenging thinkers with the curiosity and courage to engage.
Indeed, that community is coalescing. Many have even become paid subscribers who also receive my Monday text column. Weirdly, though audience enthusiasm is absurdly high for Bully Pulpit (check out our iTunes ratings and reviews), the Monday column outdraws the podcast!
So, whether at the low, low price of $50 — or the even lower, lower price of $0 — I welcome you to the Bully Pulpit universe. It’s sometimes a little irritable around here, but it is never dull.
— Bob Garfield
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