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Framing Helen Thomas

Framing Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas, menace 2 society.

Posted by Evan Derkacz at 9:04 AM on October 14, 2005.

That age-old question; how does a girl get noticed? Well, questioning White House spin may be a good start. At yesterday's press conference [VIDEO] veteran reporter Helen Thomas had the gall to ask:

"What does the President mean by 'total victory' -- that we will never leave Iraq until we have 'total victory'? What does that mean?"

And just as Scott McClellan had pressed play on his response reel, Thomas interrupted the geyser of platitudes to ask about the will of the Iraqis. McClellan then took himself off of pause and redirected the conversation back to Iraq... war on terror... you're getting very sleepy... 9/11..., at which point Thomas interrupted again to remind the spokesman:

"It has nothing to do with -- Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11."

This pissed him off sufficiently to respond to her personally:

"Well, you have a very different view of the war on terrorism, and I'm sure you're opposed to the broader war on terrorism..."

ABC's Terry Moran came to her aid. Read the whole transcript, it's very Center Cannot Hold.

Bob Geiger notes: "Now I get it. If you're in the media, you're either with the White House or with the terrorists." (Yellow Dog Blog)

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Evan Derkacz is a New York-based writer and contributor to AlterNet.


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Give it up and get out while you still can, Scotty. It may have taken a while, but the majority of America is now awake and paying attention, and NONE of us are buying the Bush shell game.

You know, like that pathetically tired practice of ignoring the message and trashing the messenger - like you did to Helen, like all the Washingon Bushies did to Joe Wilson, like blindly ignorant Bush supporters across the country do to anyone who confronts them with undeniable facts that reveal the entire Bush administration for the unprecedented criminal fraud that it is.

Remember the truth Scotty? It's something we value in this country, and no amount of your sophomoric bullshit will ever change it.

John Perry

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