Thursday, July 2, 2009

Helen Thomas makes sense . . .

Wednesday, July 01, 2009
By Penny Starr and Fred Lucas

( - Following a testy exchange during today’s briefing with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas told that not even Richard Nixon tried to control the press the way President Obama is trying to control the press.

“Nixon didn’t try to do that,” Thomas said. “They couldn’t control (the media). They didn’t try.

“What the hell do they think we are, puppets?” Thomas said. “They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them.”
(I believe she's broken the code.)

Thomas said she was especially concerned about the arrangement between the Obama Administration and a writer from the liberal Huffington Post Web site. The writer was invited by the White House to President Obama’s press conference last week on the understanding that he would ask Obama a question about Iran from among questions that had been sent to him by people in Iran.

“When you call the reporter the night before you know damn well what they are going to ask to control you,” Thomas said.

“I’m not saying there has never been managed news before, but this is carried to fare-thee-well--for the town halls, for the press conferences,” she said. “It’s blatant. They don’t give a damn if you know it or not. They ought to be hanging their heads in shame.”

It should be pointed out Helen Thomas has been known for her LIBERAL tendencies throughout her career as a White House correspondent since the Kennedy Administration.


Mike West said...

Her photo startled me.
Nice to hear a participant echo what many have been saying for along time.

twest said...

Helen Thomas is the proverbial watchdog. Love her - hate her, she does her job. I remember seeing her take Bush to task, as well as Clinton. She may be left-sided, but, hey, that's all right - make 'em answer the questions. I think she knows b.s. when she hears it, no matter what side it's coming from