Helen Thomas goes nuclear on White House again: “What the hell do they think we are, puppets?”

posted at 8:14 pm on July 1, 2009 by Allahpundit

I know any and all criticism of The One from the left is to be welcomed with Strange New Respect, but … I just can’t muster it, guys. Not for Aunt Bethany.

It’s okay. Leave me behind and go on without me.

“Nixon didn’t try to do that,” Thomas said. “They couldn’t control (the media). They didn’t try.

“What the hell do they think we are, puppets?” Thomas said. “They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them.”

Thomas said she was especially concerned about the arrangement between the Obama Administration and a writer from the liberal Huffington Post Web site. The writer was invited by the White House to President Obama’s press conference last week on the understanding that he would ask Obama a question about Iran from among questions that had been sent to him by people in Iran.

“When you call the reporter the night before you know damn well what they are going to ask to control you,” Thomas said.

“I’m not saying there has never been managed news before, but this is carried to fare-thee-well–for the town halls, for the press conferences,” she said. “It’s blatant. They don’t give a damn if you know it or not. They ought to be hanging their heads in shame.”

As I understand it, HuffPo was told that they’d be called on for a question from Iran but weren’t asked in advance what the question would be. In which case, what’s her problem? Wasn’t she, in fact, traditionally the first reporter called on at the daily briefing until fairly recently? Now the AP’s the first to be called on, as Gibbs himself noted earlier today. What’s the difference between HuffPo knowing the night before that they’ll get to ask a question and Helen Thomas or the AP knowing?


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Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 6:53 AM

I saw your comment about going back to normal. Did anyone else notice your alter ego? Did you get much feedback?

Cindy Munford on July 2, 2009 at 7:12 AM

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 6:53 AM

I saw your comment about going back to normal. Did anyone else notice your alter ego? Did you get much feedback?

Cindy Munford on July 2, 2009 at 7:12 AM

No,none except your notice.LOL…thank you for noticing.

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 7:32 AM

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 7:32 AM

I thought I had mixed up your name. I noticed that someone suggested that you had left off the /sarc tag on one of your “positive” statements.

Cindy Munford on July 2, 2009 at 7:56 AM

How can the Press claim to defend our freedom when questions are screened beforehand? How can we be assured that our elected officials can think when they already know and have prepared answers?

tullius on July 2, 2009 at 9:19 AM

“Nixon didn’t try to do that,” Thomas said. “They couldn’t control (the media). They didn’t try.

But Andrew Johnson tried – don’t you remember, Helen?

Vashta.Nerada on July 2, 2009 at 10:02 AM

We’re dating.

johnnyU on July 2, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Wait til you see the ” Evil Eye unleash on this!

bluegrass on July 2, 2009 at 10:21 AM

I wouldnt be suprised if helen didnt have a ” HEART ATTACK” in the next 30 days, In her advanced age you know.

ColdWarrior57 on July 2, 2009 at 11:57 AM

Takes one to know one, Helen.

wildweasel on July 2, 2009 at 11:58 AM

“Nixon didn’t try to do that,” Thomas said. “They couldn’t control (the media). They didn’t try.

They didn’t because they couldn’t. Nor could Reagan or the Bushes. The Obamunists do it because they can. You let them.

It looks like the monster you created is turning on you, Helen. Why you’re surprised is anyone’s guess.

RadClown on July 2, 2009 at 12:08 PM

“What the hell do they think we are, puppets?” Thomas said.

Yes, they do. Why wouldn’t they?

“They’re supposed to stay out of our business.

They came for the bankers and I didn’t say anything because I wasn’t a banker. Then they came for the auto makers and…you get the picture.

They are our public servants.

They don’t think so. Not since you and the other useful idiots in the media elevated The One to divine status.

We pay them.

Oh, NOW you’re worried about taxpayer money.

RadClown on July 2, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Helen Thomas is a hose bag. She wouldn’t have said anything if it wasn’t for the guy there asking the hard questions. This guy Gibbs is such a tool. I would feel sorry for him in the that job if he hadn’t simply swallowed the Kool Aid.

kens on July 2, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Beauty and the Beast, Only problem is trying to figure oust which one is the Beast!

bluegrass on July 3, 2009 at 8:27 AM

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