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Whitewashing Helen Thomas
michellemalkin.com ^ | August 19, 2008 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 08/19/2008 10:13:47 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

Your must-read of the morning: Miami Herald TV critic Glenn Garvin’s barbecue of a fawning documentary about Helen Thomas.

Here’s a taste:

Multiple choice quiz: Helen Thomas has been covering the White House for 48 years. Which of the following stories did she break?

A. President Kennedy’s plans to invade the Bay of Pigs.

B. President Nixon’s secret bombing of Cambodia.

C. The Pentagon Papers.

D. The Watergate scandal.

E. None of the above, or anything else, either.

The answer, of course, is E, though you might not guess it from the fawning HBO documentary Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas At The White House, the latest unfortunate example of the increasing tendency to confuse public temper tantrums with good journalism.

Though Thomas is routinely referred to these days as iconic, legendary and fearless, journalism has little to do with it. She’s celebrated not for her work as a journeyman reporter at a second-rate wire service or as a virtually unread political columnist for the Hearst newspapers.

Her reputation really derives from scolding, tendentious speeches nominally delivered as ”questions” like this one to George W. Bush, admiringly featured in Thank You, Mr. President: ”Why do you refuse to respect the wall between church and state? You know that the mixing of religion and government for centuries has led to slaughter.” Just in case you thought that was intended to produce an actual answer — the usual aim of reporters — Thomas interrupted Bush before he could even complete a sentence. Perhaps that’s because when presidents have gotten a chance to reply to Thomas’ tirades, they’ve often made her look like a fool.


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1 posted on 08/19/2008 10:16:03 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Awww, no more pictures....PLEASE. I just had lunch.


2 posted on 08/19/2008 10:20:39 AM PDT by fleagle ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. -Winston Churchill)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Yuck!


3 posted on 08/19/2008 10:22:20 AM PDT by beckysueb (Drill here! Drill now!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Helen is the worst reporter ever. She doesn’t report, she just likes to here herself talk. As if we care more about her idiotic opinions than we do what the President of the United States actually thinks.


4 posted on 08/19/2008 10:23:12 AM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I remember seeing her go toe-to-toe with Reagan when I was a kid and thinking "Why is the reporter being so rude?".

I may not like all of the presidents in office, but there is a social decorum. Tough questions can be asked ("So, President Clinton. Care to expound on what was traded to the Chinese for their campaign contributions? And be thorough, please.") but in a polite manner.

The press corps will be better off without her.

5 posted on 08/19/2008 10:25:08 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Whitewashing Helen Thomas

An image of Tom Sawyer whitewashing a fence flashed into my mind ... And there Helen was, being whitewashed.

6 posted on 08/19/2008 10:28:19 AM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Ever since Thomas lost her front row chair in all the WH briefings, MSM has been trying to make it up to her through all the phoney accolades.


7 posted on 08/19/2008 10:30:13 AM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: wbill

In some circles, I think it’s like how JR permits Murray Mom to remain posting on FR.


8 posted on 08/19/2008 10:31:22 AM PDT by weegee (The higher taxes that Obama demands of Americans are 'Above my Pay Grade'.)
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To: OldNavyVet
Who whitewashed Obama (this is a Reuters photo from Yahoo, presumably not a doctored image):


9 posted on 08/19/2008 10:34:25 AM PDT by weegee (The higher taxes that Obama demands of Americans are 'Above my Pay Grade'.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Mediocrity, thy name is Helen. And, to the libs, she appears to be a woman of accomplishment. About says it all, eh?


10 posted on 08/19/2008 10:41:15 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Which of the following stories did she break?

I'm pretty sure it was Teapot Dome. Either that, or it was the scandal of Grover Cleveland's love child.

11 posted on 08/19/2008 10:43:27 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (America's never won a "war" unless the enemy was named using a proper noun.)
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To: weegee

Maybe he’s getting a reverse sunburn.


12 posted on 08/19/2008 10:48:25 AM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Obama for President!)
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To: Notary Sojac

“Which of the following stories did she break?”.....

Washington crossing the Delaware is my guess.....


13 posted on 08/19/2008 10:56:44 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Tzimisce

Maybe he’s going to have to blame Gran’mama’s genes.


14 posted on 08/19/2008 10:58:39 AM PDT by weegee (The higher taxes that Obama demands of Americans are 'Above my Pay Grade'.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

White wash? May I suggest a tarp?


15 posted on 08/19/2008 10:59:13 AM PDT by SampleMan (We are a free and industrious people, socialist nannies do not become us.)
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To: SampleMan

Tarp? Roll her up in a rug and beat the lumps out of it.


16 posted on 08/19/2008 11:04:10 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Whitewashing Helen Thomas

Not a bad idea. If she was whitewashed, we wouldn't have to look at her.

17 posted on 08/19/2008 11:05:44 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall cause you to vote against the Democrats.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Fooled you.......

I got my blindfold on.

18 posted on 08/19/2008 11:21:59 AM PDT by LasVegasMac (Islam: Bringing the world death and destruction for 1400 years!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The only reason Helen Thomas gets this fawning recognition from the MSM is that she has been a White House reporter since the Teddy Roosevelt administration and is as liberal as they come.


19 posted on 08/19/2008 11:25:17 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: Da Coyote
HT really is as dumb as rock. Stultifyingly stupid, and nasty to boot. There are plenty of liberals I enjoy arguing with, people who think and have ideas, who are not shallow, mindless, doctrinaire left-bots. Helen Thomas is not one of those people - she is just moronic and cannot think for herself. She is also a staunch terrorist sympathizer, which goes well with her other far-left lunacies.

Here is a great example of HT in action, rationalizing Saddam's SCUD missile attacks on Israel (which was no part of Desert Shield and Desert Storm) as somehow justified:

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"A classic example was with Bush’s father during the opening days of the first Gulf War, when she wondered why the president was making such a big deal about Saddam Hussein’s missile attacks on Israel. ”War inherently is a two-way street,” Thomas loftily informed Bush. ”Why should you be surprised or outraged when there is an act of retaliation?” To which the puzzled Bush replied: “To a country that’s innocent and not involved in it?”

"That exchange is not included in Thank You, Mr. President, which shamelessly cherry-picks White House briefings to enhance Thomas’ reputation and deprecate the rest of the White House press corps."

20 posted on 08/19/2008 11:29:20 AM PDT by Enchante (Obama-cons: Trying to fool America, one media dupe at a time!)
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To: weegee; MurryMom

MurryMom is pretty much a clone of Helen Thomas. In fact, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Helen moonlights here as “MurryMom” (who claims to live near Pittsburgh, but who knows?). They both share an obsessive devotion to every foolish left-wing talking point and a complete inability to actually consider evidence and sound reasoning.


21 posted on 08/19/2008 11:33:05 AM PDT by Enchante (Obama-cons: Trying to fool America, one media dupe at a time!)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

No, David and Bathsheba.


22 posted on 08/19/2008 11:54:21 AM PDT by ShasheMac
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Truth be told, Helen Thomas is not very bright.

I used to work in downtown DC, and one day I ran into her (almost literally -- I amfairly tall and she is very short) in the Au Bon Pain at the food court across the street from my office. She was wandering around, seemingly in a daze. One of the managers went to help her. She wanted to order lunch but hadn't a clue how to do it. The manager must have spent 15 minutes walking her through the menu, ordering her food for her, and then walking her and the food to the checkout register.

I guess if you wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt, you could say it was old age. However, I suspect there never was much of anything rattling around in that hideous head.

23 posted on 08/19/2008 12:00:50 PM PDT by blau993 (Fight Gerbil Swarming)
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To: fleagle

Thomas is a throw back to all those old lefties that reigned from the late ‘40’s on at the WH Press Corps. Whether it was Reston, Lippmann, Severeid, Alsop, or whatever resident lefty intellectual opeder, they like Helen have always been Dem flackers and have always asked the USA to be less than say Ronaldus Magnus wanted for this nation.


24 posted on 08/19/2008 12:26:29 PM PDT by phillyfanatic
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