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Another page turns on bulldog journalism

As the journalist Finley Peter Dunne once said, the job of a journalist is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

If politicians can be considered "comfortable"—and I believe most of them can—then journalists would do well to conduct themselves like this one did:

(Helen Thomas, dead at 92)


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Jul. 20th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
I knew her and her friend Fran Lewin, for years. She was a remarkable journalist and a great barrier breaker. Also funny and fun.
Jul. 20th, 2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
That is way cool that you knew Helen Thomas, and it's even cooler that she was funny and fun. Journalism undergraduates should be shown video of her at press conferences, because she was a terrific example of being aggressive, relentless and skeptical—all qualities that too many political reporters lack these days.

I suspect she's having a cocktail now and sharing stories with Molly Ivins and Mother Jones.
Jul. 20th, 2013 10:35 pm (UTC)
I'm sure shes having cocktails. She is also interviewing everyone there!
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