I’m glad Helen Thomas resigned. She had long overstayed her welcome as a White House correspondent. We all deserve to work as long as we are willing and able, but I’ve thought for years that Helen was becoming more ornery than ever. Ornery and not especially tuned into anything but the sound of her own voice.
And what’s with this business of reserved seats in the press briefing room anyway? Used to be that the more important members of the press sat up front–the network anchors, New York Times reporters, etc., just as the top fashion editors, from magazines like Vogue and Harpers Bazaar, did at the fashion collections. But isn’t that concept a bit outdated, given the changing dynamics of our media world?
Helen became a force among White House correspondents because she was outspoken and unintimidated in front of those big guys called President. Each year, though, as she was continually lauded, applauded and awarded by her peers, she began to actually believe she was extra special. That’s also what happened to Dan Rather, who was eventually terminated by CBS.