Friday, December 7, 2007

STFU Of The Week: Helen Thomas

Hurry! The Sun is Rising!

This old vampire needs to go the fuck away. If I was Dana Perino, my first act as White House Press Secretary would be to move her immediately to the back row of the White House Press Room. If she started to flap her pie-hole about how unfair it was, I would revoke her press pass and have the Secret Service escort her from the premises.

If she came back, I would leave orders to have her shot, repeatedly.

Evidently, she has found time in busy schedule, between feedings and straightening out her will, as well as badgering Dana about how the President is a Jackass, why the President is an evil monkey-man blah, blah, blah to give an interview to Seema Kalia from the HuffPo in which she goes completely off topic and accuses us bloggers, the great unwashed masses of the internet, of being "dangerous" and "unethical."

Kalia: Do you think technology is changing that? That a good reporter will always find a venue because there are so many media outlets now?

Thomas: No, but I do think it is kind of sad when everybody who owns a laptop thinks they're a journalist and doesn't understand the ethics. We do have to have some sense of what's right and wrong in this job. Of how far we can go. We don't make accusations without absolute proof. We're not prosecutors. We don't assume.

Kalia: So if there's this amateur league of journalists out there, trying to do what you do...

Thomas: It's dangerous.
Here are some samples of her straight and narrow, walk the line, ethical behavior as she asks questions during the White House press briefings;

Thomas to Fleischer: Will you state for the record, for the historical record, why [Bush] wants to bomb Iraqi people?March 5, 2003

Thomas to Fleischer: [W]hy is [Bush] going to bomb them? I mean, how do you bomb people back to democracy? This is a question of conquest. They didn't ask to be "liberated" by the United States. This is our self-imposed political solution for them.Feb. 26, 2003

Thomas: At an earlier briefing, Ari, you said that the president deplored the taking of innocent lives. Does that apply to all innocent lives in the world?

Thomas asked Bush about the war in Iraq on March 21, 2006: "I'd like to ask you, Mr. President, your decision to invade Iraq has caused the deaths of thousands of Americans and Iraqis, wounds of Americans and Iraqis for a lifetime. Every reason given, publicly at least, has turned out not to be true. My question is: Why did you really want to go to war? From the moment you stepped into the White House, from your Cabinet -- your Cabinet officers, intelligence people, and so forth -- what was your real reason? You have said it wasn't oil -- quest for oil, it hasn't been Israel, or anything else. What was it?
And the cherry on this sundae is this exchange, most recently, between her ugliness and Dana Perino.

HELEN: Does the President want no troops out from Iraq on his watch? I'm talking about all the troops.

MS. PERINO: Well, 5,700 troops will be home by the end of the year, so that is some troops coming home. The President said that troop levels are going to be made by commanders on the ground, and that we're going to have to talk about --

HELEN: Why should it be? Why can't the American people have a say?

MS. PERINO: -- return on success. The American people have had a say. They elected a President who is their Commander-in-Chief and is making decisions based on what his commanders on the ground are telling him.

HELEN: Why should we depend on him?

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

HELEN: 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. This is a --it is an honor and a privilege to be in the briefing room, and to suggest that we, at the United States, are killing innocent people is just absurd and very offensive.

HELEN: Do you know how many we have since the start of this 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.

HELEN: Oh, 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 are doing. I'm going to move on.
Whew! Great ethics there Helen!

And yes Helen, I am dangerous......

Helen Thomas, Old Arab from the extreme left, STFU....


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