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Get Me a Bodyguard Already

On April 24th, Helen Thomas wrote in her weekly column, “if history repeats itself, the loser of this year’s presidential election will blame the news media.” [SEE FULL ARTICLE, “The Loser Always Blame the Media”] With the recent case of Hillary versus Barack, Helen’s assessment was spot on. Last Saturday I had a unexpected, and…

Helen Thomas: Seven Questions Media Should Ask

Here is Helen Thomas’ weekly column. Part of me likes it because I’m learning something about history, the other part appreciates it because Helen offers advice about where we – the media, bloggers and journalists -can take the election dialogue to make it more constructive. She ends of the article with seven questions – true to her no BS style-…

Under the Gun with Helen Thomas

“Under the gun! Can’t talk. Call next week.” That’s the voice of Helen Thomas. No, it’s not 1973, and no, Helen’s not in a bustling newsroom. Still, there’s something so retro and iconic about the way she tells me she is under the gun. It reminds me of a time when newsrooms were filled with smoke, not…

The High I Get From History

Tonight was Ivan Scott’s memorial service. I only got four hours of sleep the night before but there wasn’t any question I was going, so I bucked up and walked down to the Catholic Church on 24th and Pennsylvania. Ivan, who went to Princeton, served in Korea and then went on to cover wars as…

The Way Helen Sees It

At age 87, Dean of the White House Press Corp, Helen Thomas, is still kicking ass and taking names. Throughout her tenure as a wire reporter for UPI, Thomas helped to break the Kennedy assasination, traveled to China with Nixon, and covered the “Washington side” of Vietnam, Korea, the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts and now Iraq. Today, she…