Helen Thomas, 1920-2013
At any White House press conference, I always anticipated the sharp questions from Helen Thomas. We’ve lost a powerful voice.
From Helen Thomas regarding the White House and the Press Corps: “We’re in charge. It’s our White House. What the hell are you doing here?” Basically toward the Press. “How dare you question anything we do?” They don’t understand that the presidential news conference is the only forum in our society where a president can be questioned. If he’s not questioned, he can rule by edict; by government order. He can be a monarch. He can be a dictator, and who is to find out? No. He should be questioned and he should always be able to willingly reply and answer to all questions because these aren’t our questions. They’re the people’s questions.
Phone interview on The Majority Report, 2004-04-02
Comment by Celia Carroll — July 23, 2013 @ 6:51 am
Thanks for the great quote – it’s spot on.
Comment by jchatoff — July 23, 2013 @ 10:02 am
Always good to hear. Over and over, just in case we aren’t thinking, which happens at times.
Comment by Carol — July 23, 2013 @ 10:54 am
have u seen the show newsroom? just saw..its amazing… btw i think i know who helen thomas is! 🙂
Comment by ninachat — July 23, 2013 @ 11:44 am
don’t get hbo – but i just found it on amazon streaming, so i might check it out…re helen, good on ya!
Comment by jchatoff — July 23, 2013 @ 1:56 pm
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