Skip to comments.Helen Thomas 'Miffed' at Doonesbury, Wanted to Be Rumored as 'JFK's Lover'
Posted on 07/31/2007 9:47:22 PM PDT by RatherBiased.com
Helen Thomas, the Hearst columnist and long-time scourge of Republican presidents as UPI White House correspondent, was "miffed" at Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau because he joked that the rumors were that she was Harry Truman's lover: "I wished he said I was Jack Kennedy's lover."
If that makes Thomas sound like a liberated woman, that would be in line with her recent Planned Parenthood luncheon speech in Iowa, where she claimed conservatives would love to deny women even their right to vote: "It seems now, more than ever, the Supreme Court is prepared to put Americans -- especially women -- back in the 19th century if not earlier...Women, in particular, have to be more vigilant. They can never let go and think that the battle is won. There has been a chipping-away at every advance we've had. Pretty soon they'll be taking aim at the vote."
Here's Daphne Retter's Doonesbury item in the D.C. newspaper The Hill:
Longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas is miffed at Garry Trudeau after he portrayed her as one tough broad in his Doonesbury cartoon strip last week.
But its not because he depicted the dean of the White House press corps telling self-important TV correspondent Roland Hedley to "Get the hell out of my face" when he brought two visitors to meet her in the White House briefing room.
No, it was because Hedley told the visitors the "legendary UPI reporter [has] been here since the Truman administration! Some say she was Trumans lover."
Trumans lover? Puh-lease. Thomas likes to think she could do better than that.
"I wish hed said I was Jack Kennedys lover," said Thomas, who began covering the White House when President Kennedy took office in January, 1961.
Thomas, who will celebrate her 87th birthday next month, left UPI in 2000 and now writes a syndicated column for Hearst Newspapers.
And here is Lynda Waddington's blog post on the Thomas speech for Planned Parenthood, sounding dead serious about the coming attack on female suffrage, and expressing hope about Speaker Pelosi, and perhaps next, President Hillary:
The more than 300 people crowded into the small banquet room at the Hotel Fort Des Moines, many of them standing, grew silent as Thomas outlined her thoughts on the battles to come.
"It seems now, more than ever, the Supreme Court is prepared to put Americans -- especially women -- back in the 19th century if not earlier," she said. "Women, in particular, have to be more vigilant. They can never let go and think that the battle is won. There has been a chipping-away at every advance we've had. Pretty soon they'll be taking aim at the vote."
Her final sentence provided a quick and nervous laugh from the audience. Thomas looked around the room, meeting many women eye-to-eye before continuing.
"Women have come a long way," she said. "Now we have the possibility of the presidency, and a woman already serves as speaker of the House. Two women have served in the powerful role of secretary of State. There is no doubt that we have come a long way, but we have not come far enough."
In a private interview after her public remarks, Thomas continued her thoughts on the role she believes women must play in the coming years and on the imminent threat of the Supreme Court.
"I don't think we have passed a point of no return -- I don't think we will ever do that," she said. "I think women should be alerted to the possibility of what may come. Women should not rest on their laurels. They need to understand the danger of this court. This is a deliberate court. It is very rigid, and it is going to be against a lot of women's rights in terms of equal pay, birth control, abortion or anything else where women are striving for equality. The justices were deliberately picked because of that. I think the litmus test was given to them even though they denied it."
Thomas also admits that when she was originally told the conservatives' plans for the court, she didn't fully understand the implications.
"People were saying during the [Ronald] Reagan administration that this was about the Supreme Court," she said. "I wasn't sure at that time what they meant. But the truth is that the court is their one last resort to push their agenda. It is their one last resort to prevail."
By the way, don't think Thomas is anti-cartoonist. Editor & Publisher noticed that she recently suggested they were the only real journalists left:
The King Features Syndicate columnist and former UPI White House correspondent didn't spare the media, either. "I do believe journalists have let the country down," said Thomas, who was addressing Association of American Editorial Cartoonists conference attendees Thursday night. "They were cowed, and afraid to be called unpatriotic. The real journalists are the editorial cartoonists who don't fear the truth."
Describing the Bush administration, Thomas said it's "running on empty and heading for collapse." She added that the "invasion and occupation of Iraq -- which didn't attack us -- was illegal, immoral, and unconscionable. George W. Bush struck a match inflaming the whole Mideast, and no one has laid a glove on bin Laden."
Thomas also blasted secret overseas prison sites and Guantanamo, noting: "Detainees have been denied the right to appeal -- a right that only goes back to the Magna Carta." One result? "The U.S. is now the most despised nation in the world," she said.
I hear she was also miffed that George Lucas used her likeness for the Jabba the Hut character without giving her a CENT in royalties!
As it is, it will take therapy, drugs, alcohol, and "studying" my collection of SI Swimsuit Issues to get the mental imagery from the headline out of my mind....
Her ego is almost as big as...well....I won’t pursue this line of thought any further, this being a Family Friendly Site, after all......
Poor Helen. Even Kennedy, who nailed anything with a pulse if it was recognizable as female wouldn’t even touch her.
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Decisions, decisions. Helen Thomas or Marilyn Monroe . . .
I’m scared to look...
Given the choice of sex with Helen or not, I think Jack would have voted for Jack______. (IYKWIM)
I think that even in the sixties, she was still an insult to femininity and a blight upon the landscape, wasn’t she?
(sorry, the fifteen minutes that it would take to reasearch “1960’s vintage photos of Helen Thomas” would be fifteen minutes of my life that I wouldn’t get back)
She is indeed vile. Saddam Hussein started two wars, used poison gas against Iranians and Kurds, attacked Israel, attempted to assassinate a former US President, defied 14 United Nations resolutions and had even Bill Clinton and the Dims calling for his ouster, and this creature calls the effort to remove him illegal immoral and unconscionable??? You belong in a rest home, Helen!
Unfortunately, the carping Helen is all to indicative of the liberal socialist myopia of the MSM, and such news organs as the socialist /communist AP and UPI .
Laughing them all out of existance is LONG overdue.
May the NYT tank, and soon.
Propaganda this Helen!
I thought Helen was Eleanor Roosevelt’s lover.
I realize that JFK would bed practically anything in a skirt, but Helen Thomas? Oh, barf.
Helen Thomas is a woman? Could’a fooled me.
That’s a dandy summary, Frank!
Makes me wonder anew how the Leftists and their Drive-By Media have managed to convince so many Americans that there was no need for military action in Iraq.
I would add Saddam’s bounty to the families of successful suicide bombers to your list.
Thomas talks about SCOTUS as if it were applying Sharia Law instead of interpreting the Constitution.
Question: Is she projecting?
The other side seems to always be in the position of using scare tactics like saying Republicans will take away the right for women to “choose”, or to vote, or that minorities are going to go back to the days of slavery. What a way to run a party, huh?
Puke. She may have been Eleanor Roosevelt’s lover, but that’s about it.
To Gary, I just have to say: "Good One!"
I heard that Helen Thomas was Woodrow Wilson’s lover.
Before or after he was dead?
Clearly she's senile. Conservatives, if elected, want blacks to go to the back of the bus. I'll never forget hearing Ted Kennedy bloviate that line. And of course, he was right. Blacks are now at the back of bus, must use black only drinking fountains, and are denied jobs, housing, and civil rights.
Just ask Condi Rice.
What an insult to Truman.
If any president were involved with her, I would have guessed maybe George Washington when he was older and his eyesight wasn’t so good...
"OK, OK, I'll hit it!"
Trudeau better stick with a 150 year younger Helen Thomas and Ulsseys S. Grant after a particularly hard day of burning Atlanta and a great deal of boozing.
Close but the wrong century. As per my inebriated U.S. Grant post.
JFK never did anything to deserve this.
Helen Thomas might have been able to promote an LBJ lover link..but I understand she would have had to win a steel cage death match with the plagerizing ever-presidential-bimbo-touting Doris Kerns Goodwin first. Has Doris ever appeared on any show when she didn’t mention she was LBJ’s lover??
Monica please take note... you too could become this successful if only you could only add plagerism to your presidential biimbo resume.
Well it did come from the “most despised journalist in America”.
That's what I was thinking. Why can't the libs see it?
Burkas would be a nice fashion improvement for Helen.
Hmmm. Women are "striving" to have "equality" with men on "abortions"?
Keep in mind that Helen was 67 years old when JKF was shot and even then a mirror breaker.
“Women, in particular, have to be more vigilant. They can never let go and think that the battle is won. There has been a chipping-away at every advance we’ve had. Pretty soon they’ll be taking aim at the vote.”
And the party that worked to get women the right to vote was, Helen?
Wrong answer, Helen. It was the Republicans.
What party actually took women’s right to vote away from them, Helen?
Wrong answer, Helen. It was the Democratic Party, in 1802, which stripped women property-owners of the opportunity to vote.
What party made abolition of slavery its cornerstone, Helen?
Wrong answer, Helen. The Republican Party was established a s a Free-soil abolitionist party.
What party had the most members voting against the Voter’s Rights Act in 1965?
Wrong answer, Helen. More Democrats voted against that than Republicans.
I’m sorry Helen. As usual, you are clueless.
What if.... Helen Thomas had been the one who sang “Happy Birthday Mr. President” in a drunken stupor instead of M. Monroe....
LOL! Oh, no!
If they were, then it's about freakin' time. The suffragette movement has long since metastasized into the hysterical society.
The world would have never heard of Lee Harvey Oswald, as JFK would have offed himself on the spot.
If Helen was any dumber you’d have to water her.
-she was actually normal looking before she went over the liberal cliff.....
She is using the power of the pen to rewrite history.