Helen Thomas pwned by Dana Perino Video added

posted at 6:41 pm on November 30, 2007 by Bryan

Heh.

Q [Thomas] (off mike): Why should we depend on him?

MS. PERINO: Because he’s the commander on the ground, Helen. He’s the one who is making sure that the situation –

Q (off mike): — You mean how many more people we kill?

MS. PERINO: Helen, I find it really unfortunate that you use your front-row position bestowed upon you by your colleagues to make such statements. It is an honor and a privilege to be in the briefing room, and to suggest that we as the United States are killing innocent people is just absurd and very offensive.

Q: Do you know how many we have since the start of the war?

MS. PERINO: How many — we are going after the enemy, Helen. To the extent that any innocent Iraqis have been killed, we have expressed regret for it.

Q :Well, regret it doesn’t bring back a life.

MS. PERINO: Helen, we are in a war zone, and our military works extremely hard to make sure that everyone has the opportunity for liberty and freedom and democracy, and that is exactly what they’re doing.

Q (off mike): — Oh, regret. It doesn’t bring back a life.

MS. PERINO: I’m going to move on.

I would say that Thomas is a disgrace to her profession, but it was their choice to put her on the front row in these gaggles. It’s therefore their call whether she’s a disgrace or not, and if they think she is they’ll move her off the front row.

They haven’t.

The Washington Times is also reporting on the exchange. Video is here.

Update: Here’s the exchange. Based on Perino’s tone, you could reasonably assume that she’s talking to a child. The pity is that she is.

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Helen Thomas is doing little more now than putting the slow and inexorable advance of her senility on display for everyone.

Kowboy on November 30, 2007 at 6:43 PM

Meh. It should have been said more strongly than that. Something like, “Look Helen, if you want to be the little troll that you look like then get a seat at HuffPo or the Daily Kos and start writing. Until then shut your yap and let people with serious questions do their jobs.”

Oh and libtard media taking her quote, “and to suggest that we as the United States are killing innocent people is just absurd and very offensive.” out of context to express faux outrage in 3…2…

Benaiah on November 30, 2007 at 6:47 PM

Meh. It should have been said more strongly than that. Something like, “Look Helen, if you want to be the little troll that you look like then get a seat at HuffPo or the Daily Kos and start writing. Until then shut your yap and let people with serious questions do their jobs.”

Would that be awesome or what?

Still, a good job by Dana nevertheless – you go girl!

thirteen28 on November 30, 2007 at 6:48 PM

Could there be to people more diametrically opposite?
Beautiful/Hideous
Youthful/Ancient
Intelligent/incoherent
Patriotic/self loathing
Vibrant/lifeless

TheSitRep on November 30, 2007 at 6:48 PM

Her hatred for anyone who doesn’t think like her, or isn’t lock step with the liberal/progressive party is absolute. She hasen’t asked anything meaningful since she has been there, but the MSM love her.

Rode Werk on November 30, 2007 at 6:50 PM

Helen, I find it really unfortunate that you use your front-row position bestowed upon you by your colleagues

Was my favorite part.

Topsecretk9 on November 30, 2007 at 6:50 PM

Maybe CBS can use her as the enviro-mental reporter.

Limerick on November 30, 2007 at 6:51 PM

It’s called war, lady. There WILL be innocent bystanders. When is she going to retire? Rocks don’t live that long. Wasn’t she there during the Roosevelt administration?

At the very least, move her to the back of the room. Oh, wait. That would give the Secular Progressive peeps some ammo.

RMCS_USN on November 30, 2007 at 6:52 PM

Gaggles.

I say again, accurately named.

Frozen Tex on November 30, 2007 at 6:54 PM

It’s a disgrace that this awful, ugly old battleaxe is even allowed to be seen in public. What’s she doing in the White House press room?

packsoldier on November 30, 2007 at 6:54 PM

Why do the reporters get to chose who is in the front row of the WH briefing room. Shouldn’t the WH have some say about who is there? I think Dana P. is the only one who has the moral authority lack of gonads which allows her to really confront Thomas. A man would just look like a bully.

Bill C on November 30, 2007 at 6:55 PM

Three cheers for Ms. Perino! Keep it up. No retreat. Helen Thomas may be an ancient bag of nasty bones, but from where I sit she’s more reminiscent of a spoiled little snot. She should be moved to the time-out chair in the back of the room until she can demonstrate that she knows how to behave.

Chop her at the knees each and every time, Ms. Perino. Each and every time.

Rational Thought on November 30, 2007 at 6:57 PM

With all respect to Tony Snow…Dana is the best press secretary evah!

infidel on November 30, 2007 at 6:57 PM

I would say that Thomas is a disgrace to her profession, but it was their choice to put her on the front row in these gaggles.

There is a reason why being a member of the LeftStream Media is the world’s third-oldest profession.

steveegg on November 30, 2007 at 6:59 PM

Regret doesnt bring back a reporters dignity either

William Amos on November 30, 2007 at 6:59 PM

Ms. Perino is being friendly, fair, and firm in her exchange with a revered liberal journalist, Ms. Thomas, who has nothing of substance to say.
Randy

williars on November 30, 2007 at 6:59 PM

Maybe CBS can use her as the enviro-mental reporter.

Limerick on November 30, 2007 at 6:51 PM

Great idea! She can report on how many plant species we’re killing for a change.

Buy Danish on November 30, 2007 at 7:02 PM

Helen’s been pounding the Limoncello’s again.

The Ugly American on November 30, 2007 at 7:04 PM

Helen Thomas is a splendid (glaring?) example of what a human being looks like after decades of demon possession.

My collie says:

How can anyone look at Helen Thomas and NOT believe in evil spirits?

CyberCipher on November 30, 2007 at 7:05 PM

And what was the average age of Iraqis before we went in? As old as the baggage of Helen Thomas? I trow not.

mjkazee on November 30, 2007 at 7:12 PM

Well, regret it doesn’t bring back a life.

You should know Helen, we regret having listened to you, and it hasen’t brought you back to life.

conservnut on November 30, 2007 at 7:14 PM

Those are questions?

pat on November 30, 2007 at 7:22 PM

Q: Do you know how many we have since the start of the war?

A: By any credible account far fewer that Saddam was murdering. That’s why — even with the violence of the past few years — every poll shows that Iraqis are glad he’s gone.

Karl on November 30, 2007 at 7:24 PM

Helen’s been jealous of the president’s Press Secretary ever since John Quincy Adams passed on her.

fogw on November 30, 2007 at 7:24 PM

I wish the old female yoda would go away for good. She’s a hack, and a disgrace.

Afterimage on November 30, 2007 at 7:25 PM

You should know Helen, we regret having listened to you, and it hasen’t brought you back to life.

conservnut on November 30, 2007 at 7:14 PM

I nominate that for comment of the day.

steveegg on November 30, 2007 at 7:25 PM

Something I’ve been wanting to ask, pwned = pawned? If so, what sense has it taken on contextually from its original specific meaning? How does this term pwned, figure into the lexicon of the blogosphere?

Nyog_of_the_Bog on November 30, 2007 at 7:35 PM

Could there be to people more diametrically opposite?
Beautiful/Hideous
Youthful/Ancient
Intelligent/incoherent
Patriotic/self loathing
Vibrant/lifeless

TheSitRep on November 30, 2007 at 6:48 PM

Her age is the one reason I would show Helen Thomas any respect.

The Race Card on November 30, 2007 at 7:38 PM

pwned=pwn3d=owned. It means in this case that Perino owned Thomas.

Bryan on November 30, 2007 at 7:39 PM

Dana… mmmm… I love hot conservative women.

Kaptain Amerika on November 30, 2007 at 7:42 PM

Helen Thomas is SO HOT!!! I have visions of her and I walking down the beach, hand in hand, the surf pounding on the shore…… OH HELEN. How long must I wait for your tender caress?

pistolero on November 30, 2007 at 7:42 PM

Helen Thomas is SO HOT!!! I have visions of her and I walking down the beach, hand in hand, the surf pounding on the shore…… OH HELEN. How long must I wait for your tender caress?

pistolero on November 30, 2007 at 7:42 PM

Pinkybigglesworth? Is that you?

CyberCipher on November 30, 2007 at 7:50 PM

.
Blecch. David (pitface) Gregory on one end and Helen Thomas on the other…….must be like looking at those Gargoyle Bookends at the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland.
.
She must eat a light breakfast.
.

Keith_Z on November 30, 2007 at 7:53 PM

Hot Republican Dana vs. Ugly Hag Helen

this was never a match. must suck to be a lib

jp on November 30, 2007 at 7:54 PM

If Montgomery Burns from “The Simpsons” was a real person, wouldn’t he be perfect for Helen?

radjah shelduck on November 30, 2007 at 7:58 PM

With all respect to Tony Snow…Dana is the best press secretary evah!

infidel on November 30, 2007 at 6:57 PM

Infidel, I agree, Tony had a smooth way to quiet the “old crone” but, Dana just Smacked her down.
Love it Go Dana!

hpk1942 on November 30, 2007 at 7:59 PM

When Helen finally croaks, what kind of eulogy will she receive: Grand Dame of the Press, or grizzeld libtard who stayed around too long?

Actually that is a rhetorical question. We know it will be the first though we can hope for the second.

Mallard T. Drake on November 30, 2007 at 7:59 PM

You know what else regret doesn’t bring back? Youth.

Jim Treacher on November 30, 2007 at 8:00 PM

Helen Thomas is more than welcomed to go over and stand in front any gun she wants.

SouthernGent on November 30, 2007 at 8:00 PM

It sounds like a typical conversation on a thread on my favourite message board.

Helen was not pwnt. In the eyes of many people in the US and around the world she “made sense”. I don’t agree with her, obviously, but many people do.

Pwnt she was not.

AlexB on November 30, 2007 at 8:00 PM

“It’s therefore their call whether she’s a disgrace or not …”

While I understand your point Bryan, it’s really only their call whether they want her to continue as the poster girl for their profession. But journalists, and these journalists in particular, are not the sole arbiters of whether they are a disgrace or not. That’s kind of like saying it’s up to the Dolphins to decide whether they should be called basement dwellers. Everyone else knows otherwise.

In any event, I say leave her up there so she can continue to make a mockery of her team.

Dusty on November 30, 2007 at 8:01 PM

The exchange in the vid starts at 17:15.

RMCS_USN on November 30, 2007 at 8:04 PM

The look Perino shoots Thomas after she finishes is priceless. You could tell she wanted to strangle her.

thebrokenchair on November 30, 2007 at 8:05 PM

You know what else regret doesn’t bring back? Youth.

Best. Comment. Evah.

HerrMorgenholz on November 30, 2007 at 8:05 PM

Her age is the one reason I would show Helen Thomas any respect.

The Race Card on November 30, 2007 at 7:38 PM

I used to think the same way then one day I had a revelation.
There are these people in the world called A-holes.
They are A-holes when they are in there teens and then A-holes when they are in there 20s, 30s,40s,50s.60s, 70s, and so forth. They only difference is they become old A-holes.

The respect we give old folks is not for their ability to cheat death but that they have become wise and thoughtful.

But not all people do. Some just become older idiotic A-hole-ish versions of themselves.

The trick is to learn how to spot an old A-hole.

TheSitRep on November 30, 2007 at 8:06 PM

Bryan on November 30, 2007 at 7:39 PM

To the younger savy blogger says aging neanderthal with a mac,

“Thank you Mr. Bryan”.

I shall assume we are talking html here, or some other such code of the realm.

Nyog_of_the_Bog on November 30, 2007 at 8:07 PM

Helen’s been jealous of the president’s Press Secretary ever since John Quincy Adams passed on her.

lol

tlynch001 on November 30, 2007 at 8:09 PM

Q [Thomas] (off-mike): garble garble garble GACK!
PERINO: FYNQ

(special thanks to AoSHQ)

Timothy S. Carlson on November 30, 2007 at 8:11 PM

Best part of the clip? Right after the “I’m going to move on…” cut-out by Perino the next reporter begins their question.

Then…

Perino slightly lowers her head and her eyes flicker to Thomas for a just a moment. That ever-so-slight glance is filled with a beautiful balance of detest and loathing that such a blathering idiot can be seated in any row – let alone the front row.

Tokyo Times on November 30, 2007 at 8:13 PM

Q :Well, regret it doesn’t bring back a life.

That’s so pathetic. Newsflash, libtards: people die every day. Many are aborted. Some sacrifice themselves for the good of the nation; others grow old and bitter and take up space in a perfectly good press room chair.

I wish she’d please retire so I could safely buy and watch an HDTV.

saint kansas on November 30, 2007 at 8:14 PM

Dana is awesome. She totally owns those press monkeys and doesn’t take any crap. I respect the job Snow & McClellan did, but Dana’s the real deal.

Sir Loin on November 30, 2007 at 8:21 PM

[Thomas] (off mike):
I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog too!

RobCon on November 30, 2007 at 8:22 PM

Pat Dollard’s headline:

Dana Perino Bitch-Slaps Lefty Pain In The Ass Helen Thomas

And Hotair got the hat tip.

RMCS_USN on November 30, 2007 at 8:23 PM

I expect Perino to say
“Helen, if you keep acting like this you will get no fruit cup at dinner time”

RobCon on November 30, 2007 at 8:23 PM

Can’t someone put Helen in a hospice or something. She’s killing me.

BobJones-77 on November 30, 2007 at 8:28 PM

Her age is the one reason I would show Helen Thomas any respect.

The Race Card on November 30, 2007 at 7:38 PM

Respect is earned at any age.

Wade on November 30, 2007 at 8:31 PM

I expect Perino to say
“Helen, if you keep acting like this you will get no fruit cup at dinner time”

RobCon on November 30, 2007 at 8:23 PM

Hmmm. Wouldn’t that be casting Perino in the role of Nurse Ratched?

CyberCipher on November 30, 2007 at 8:37 PM

Tokyo Times on November 30, 2007 at 8:13 PM

The final moment of the full video is pretty good, too. As Dana is preparing to leave, Helen lurches forward and grabs the podium with one talon and says something. Dana responds “did you get that? Okay,” and then moves away, and the disdain on Dana’s face, coupled with her obvious desire to get as far away from the old moonbat as possible, is priceless.

Kensington on November 30, 2007 at 8:45 PM

And to boot…her question wasn’t even about what the press conference was about. I wouldn’t have been so nice. GOD!

SouthernGent on November 30, 2007 at 8:56 PM

During all of the years Loud Mouth has been in the White House Press Corps., she doesn’t understand that unfortunately civilians die, too?

amerpundit on November 30, 2007 at 9:00 PM

It’s cliche’, but I’ll do it anyway.

Dana should just throw water on Helen and steal her shoes.

That’d solve the problem.

Hawkins1701 on November 30, 2007 at 9:00 PM

^^^^ HA!

SouthernGent on November 30, 2007 at 9:03 PM

Glad Bryan did not include the obligatory photo of Helen Thomas with his posting. Thank you Bryan for sparing us. LOL

StuLongIsland on November 30, 2007 at 9:08 PM

TheSitRep on November 30, 2007 at 8:06 PM

“Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.”
Groucho Marx

abinitioadinfinitum on November 30, 2007 at 9:11 PM

I would say that Thomas is a disgrace to her profession, but it was their choice to put her on the front row in these gaggles. It’s therefore their call whether she’s a disgrace or not, and if they think she is they’ll move her off the front row.
They haven’t.

Triple dittos Bryan , Triple Dittos

Texyank on November 30, 2007 at 9:13 PM

RobCon on November 30, 2007 at 8:23 PM

Heh :)

abinitioadinfinitum on November 30, 2007 at 9:15 PM

Helen Thomas needs to take a ride in Teddy Kennedy’s car.

infidel4life on November 30, 2007 at 9:16 PM

Wow! She sure bared a lot of pwnage. While wearing a modest blouse, no less.

H. O. T. T.

sleestak on November 30, 2007 at 9:18 PM

Dana has the perfect face. No wonder Helen goes insane in the press room.

ctmom on November 30, 2007 at 9:29 PM

I expect Perino to say
“Helen, if you keep acting like this you will get no fruit cup at dinner time”

RobCon on November 30, 2007 at 8:23 PM
Hmmm. Wouldn’t that be casting Perino in the role of Nurse Ratched?

I wish!

RobCon on November 30, 2007 at 9:37 PM

……..or Dr. Kervokian

RobCon on November 30, 2007 at 9:37 PM

Why is this heckling nag allowed to monopolize and go OT at a press conference.???… Why is it ok for all the liberal idiots to hijack everything in sight, just because they don’t agree with what’s going on politically? Maddening that they always seem to get away with it, no consequences.

4shoes on November 30, 2007 at 9:44 PM

Helen Thomas is a shrivled up old hag who is nothing more than a shrill worn out bag of $#*@. She IS a disgrace and it is further disgraceful thet her media bretheren do not call her out on this. In addition to using her already worn-out seat as a flatulence muffler, she uses it as a platform to monologue her anti-America, leftist ideals. She should not only be booted from the front row, she should be kicked out of the room. These reporters should have a minimum level of civility and she routinley steps over the line.

edgehead on November 30, 2007 at 9:45 PM

Lewd thoughts on a Friday night mis-spent drinking…

Dana Perino and Laura Ingraham…MM and Ann Coulter….

All taking turns telling Nancy Pelosi what to do….

Now THAT’s political pornography… And not one hint of latex…

darkpixel on November 30, 2007 at 9:45 PM

Ms. Perino was brilliant in responding to Thomas.

Tony Snow would be proud.

Kini on November 30, 2007 at 9:49 PM

We always HEAR that old hag but no one ever links to her columns. I haven’t seen her column anywhere for a very long time. The only time we hear anything about her is when the Press Secretary gives her the Dunce Cap.

Can someone tell me why she is still eating my bandwidth?

Pilgrim on November 30, 2007 at 9:54 PM

Until and unless the WH either pulls her credential coz she’s batty or at a minimum moves her off the front row and stops calling on her to lead off or participate in question sessions, then I have zero sympathy for any WH, be it Bush or the next GOP admin, for Thomas’s unprofessional behavior.

The Bush WH seem not to care that Thomas is partisan out to embarrass the admin. So why should i care if she habitually pops them in the mouth for no other reason than she’s a cranky liberal nutcase in the autumn of her years?

Its pretty simple: If you dont want Helen Thomas to hijack a WH press conference, then take her off the front row, stop calling on her or pull her credential. Explain in detail WHY its being done, and then move on.

Mike D. on November 30, 2007 at 9:55 PM

After Dana tells Helen how offended she was,
for suggesting that the US were not killing
innocent Iragy’s,Helen Thomas again asks
Dana how many the US killed,I thought Dana
was going to spit her coffee out.hehe

canopfor on November 30, 2007 at 9:58 PM

pwned=pwn3d=owned. It means in this case that Perino owned Thomas.

Bryan on November 30, 2007 at 7:39 PM

Why not just type owned then?

eanax on November 30, 2007 at 10:01 PM

Helen’s been jealous of the president’s Press Secretary ever since John Quincy Adams passed on her.

fogw on November 30, 2007 at 7:24 PM

Heh. I like that…

eanax on November 30, 2007 at 10:02 PM

Helen Thomas reminds me of crazy old Aunt Bethany from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”.

Frozen Tex on November 30, 2007 at 10:04 PM

Well, so much for the old saying “with age comes wisdom”.

BacaDog on November 30, 2007 at 10:05 PM

Perino is babelicious! That’s all! Continue

lsutiger on November 30, 2007 at 10:07 PM

Bryan,

Nice call on Dana’s tone. This is like a young lady eight years out of college and student teaching, carefully correcting her wayward third graders. “…and we don’t say ‘Elves’; they’re ‘little people’.”

Jaibones on November 30, 2007 at 10:07 PM

Helen Thomas was the catalyst for the great invention known as an ugly stick. She obviously needs another beating. What a useless bag of shit.

roninacreage on November 30, 2007 at 10:20 PM

I think this is all the proof needed to boot her miserable, elitist ass out of the press room. She is not a journalist, she is an activist. Even if she wasn’t such a nasty human being, she is a columnist and not a reporter and is in that room because at the kindness, and maybe the naivete, of the President.

peacenprosperity on November 30, 2007 at 10:21 PM

Is there a particular journalist who is in charge of the press corps or their representative? That person needs the heat put on him or her. That person needs to explain this crap. Why is a partisan given front and center?

peacenprosperity on November 30, 2007 at 10:26 PM

Haven’t heard much of the wannabe Helen Tomas AKA David Gregory lately ????

SIJ6141 on November 30, 2007 at 10:29 PM

The video says it all.

Hellin Thomas is clearly anti-American. Good job Dana Perino, we are pleased that you did not backhand her even though she was begging for it.

Zorro on November 30, 2007 at 10:30 PM

Helen’s been pounding the Limoncello’s again.

The Ugly American on November 30, 2007 at 7:04 PM

Limoncello connoisseurs are indignant.

fogw and Jim Treacher, you’re both wonderful.

Love Ms. Perino, intelligence, style and looks, very classy.

Entelechy on November 30, 2007 at 10:37 PM

Tokyo Times on November 30, 2007 at 8:13 PM
Kensington on November 30, 2007 at 8:45 PM

I did not watch thwe video before, now I have to watch it.

SIJ6141 on November 30, 2007 at 10:43 PM

infidel4life on November 30, 2007 at 9:16 PM

Teddy used to ride with Helen before he met Mari jo’
Helen was a shoozer and still likes Teddy’s huggy bear looks, theier a team.

bones47 on November 30, 2007 at 10:56 PM

Her age is the one reason I would show Helen Thomas any respect.

The Race Card on November 30, 2007 at 7:38 PM

That’s my default position until it’s proven that the older person doesn’t deserve it–like my maternal grandmother. From her I discovered that mean, arrogant, obnoxious, nutcases become mean, arrogant, obnoxious, old nutcases, if they live long enough. And Helen Thomas proves this also.

I agree with whoever said that the male spokesmen couldn’t have done this without looking like bullies. However, I disagree that Ms. Perrino the best of the four. That honor goes to Ari Fleisher.

baldilocks on November 30, 2007 at 10:58 PM

Why not just type owned then?

eanax on November 30, 2007 at 10:01 PM

Well this is the Internet after all…

Wikipedia on pwned

Dan S. on November 30, 2007 at 11:11 PM

I LIKE the new press secretary… Hope the next president keeps her on. There are some things a conservative woman can do better, if only because she can get away with it. Although I must admit, I’d love to see Ann Coulter in that spot, some things have to be left to the less-proven and un-weathered.

Rugged Individual on November 30, 2007 at 11:17 PM

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