Helen Speaks

One of the things I do in my free time, besides write this blog and drink to excess, is write the occasional love letter to Helen Thomas.  Now, I don’t like to bother her.  I only do it when she says something so typically transcendent and BS-cutting that I just can’t resist….  Like she did the other day when she totally discombobulated the Obama press conference that became a minor media scandal because some “blogger” got to ask a question, by asking, loudly and out of turn, (and I paraphrase)  ”What about the torture photos?!?”

Naturally, if you read the MSM or watched TV, you’d have missed this priceless moment, which I have to say, in my unprejudiced opinion, was first time I saw President Obama pretty much be an arrogant asshole. Helen, with her uncomfortable truth, cracked the code, and while I suddenly liked my President, whom I supported and continue to support, albeit intermittently these days, a lot less, my crush on Helen only got worse.  So I typed.

Behold the following, which may be slightly better written than Gov. Sanford’s work, but is essentially the same thing.

Dear Ms. Thomas,

Amid the maelstrom over the deeply compromised folks over at the WaPoo and Politico whining about how uppity “bloggers” were taking over the Obama press conferences, it brought a smile to my face that you so ably disrupted the scripted operetta with your question about the torture photos.

As usual, and I don’t mean to insinuate that you do it deliberately, you made your “colleagues” look like the motley peanut gallery of fawning, social-climbing nincompoops that they are.

Thanks again, for reviving for me the fading memory of what journalism was intended to be.

Glad to see you back at your game.


Her response?

Kind words- We are being treated like trained seals. helent

Today’s the day.  We should all stand with Helen against torture.  Some seals can’t be trained.


  1. Karen M says:

    Such economy in a blog post:

    “Helen Speaks”

    “Kind words- We are beng treated like trained seals.”

    I had to update my post at OS.

    • cocktailhag says:

      She’s always like that. She should be on twitter. Just a few words, but nonetheless an acknowledgment, and a timely one. It’s quite clear that she sees her readers, rather than her sources or employers, as her clients, and she serves them well, and writes back. I think Hearst is just too chicken, and disorganized, to Froomkin her, although they’d love to, because such behavior is considered unsportsmanlike in our current media climate. The PI, which carried her in Seattle, is already dead, and my trips to Seattle will suffer accordingly.

  2. Steven Rockford says:

    A crush on Helen Thomas because she says “What about the torture pictures”??

    Simple minds. Simple pleasures.

    • dirigo says:

      There’s the chance of an alliance with Helen, but it requires care and discretion. No shit, Shakespeare!

    • cocktailhag says:

      Well, yes. Call me crazy, but I find it kind of significant that we’re basically admitting to, and worse, announcing our intention to cover up, the fact that we now torture, something only attributed to our scariest enemies in the pretty recent past. Fer or agin, it’s kind of a big deal, and I’m just old-fashioned enough that the President ought to explain such a thing.
      You are entitled to feel differently, but do you think that Freedom would benefit if 0/100, instead of 99/100 reporters thought that Farrah was more important? It’s fine if you do, of course.
      I just beg to differ.

      • Steven Rockford says:

        Sorry Hag. I didn’t mean anything personal. We’re obviously on different sides of this issue. You’ve made some important points. The real problem is the M$M’s avoidance on this one. I think we’d both agree on that.

        • cocktailhag says:

          Exactly. It’s a debate we can’t have by not having. Thomas just wants to have that debat, in her “quaint” way.

          • dirigo says:

            Bullshit with “quaint.”

            An example of the problem is the play given to the Jackson/Fawcett deaths on OS, compared to the substantive post offered by ktm.

            The entire front page of OS has been given over to this maudlin coverage, on a day recognizing the international problem of torture.

            Give me a fucking break.

            It’s impossible that Thomas can be guileful in responding to you as she has. Her response can, rightly, be interpreted as a cry for help, or, at least, an appeal for affirmation.

            Think clearly; and, act.

  3. dirigo says:

    Sorry, hag, about my harsh tone. It’s not directed at you.

    It sounds pie in the sky I suppose, but there may be more gentle cultivation of Helen that you can do.

    As I say, she’s been around too long to play the game other “reporters” play. She’s dead straight, and so, again, while there’s caution in her responses to people who write to her, there may be more in her responses to you. She sounds very heartfelt; and why wouldn’t she?


    • cocktailhag says:

      Last time she told me, in just a sentence or two, about the hate mail she had received for challenging Bush. It was right about the time her book “Watchdogs of the Press? came out. It must be very disheartening to have a new administration behave the same way.

  4. NWW says:

    Helen Thomas:

    Here’s an interview clip with HT that ran Sunday June 29-09 on CBC Newsworld