August 03, 2006

Against Helen Thomas

Jonathan Chait in TNR has a great takedown of that self-righteous old hag Helen Thomas. The best part:

The reality is that, of all the indignities the Bush administration has inflicted upon the media, Bush's slighting of Thomas is by far the most justifiable. She is, after all, now a columnist, and columnists do not typically get to ask questions at White House press conferences. More importantly, her questions are as wildly inappropriate for the forum of a press conference as they are ineffective. It is hard to imagine what admissions could be extracted from questions like, "Does the president think that the Palestinians have a right to resist 35 years of brutal occupation?" Or lectures like, "Why are we killing people in Iraq? Men, women, and children are being killed there. I mean, what is the reason we are there, killing people, continuing? It's outrageous."
It's time for the "speaking truth to power" fallacy to just die, isn't it?

Posted by Stephen Silver at August 3, 2006 12:31 PM

I'm pretty shocked that you wish a woman to die who has stood up for women journalists like Thomas has. Maybe its time for her to retire from the White House Press Corp. but she is not worth such a horrible statement that says its time she die. If only you could get as far as she has...

Posted by: at August 3, 2006 01:56 PM

Whoa, hold on, partner.

I said the fallacy of the idea that someone ranting at the president is "speaking truth to power" is what has to die. I didn't say it about Helen. I think that's pretty clear from my statement, unless you don't know what "fallacy" means.

Posted by: Steve at August 3, 2006 03:23 PM

The inclusion of any word(fallacy)that sounds anything remotely like 'phallus' in a sentence with Helen Thomas in it is a crime against nature.

Posted by: DBrooks at August 7, 2006 02:16 PM
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