Helen Thomas Interviewed on the White House and the Press

NPR’s Fresh Air has an interesting interview with Helen Thomas today. I missed the first part, but did hear some interesting comments from her near the end. Thomas discussed how Bush avoids answering tough questions by restricting who can ask and not allowing follow up questions. If that doesn’t work, reporters see evidence of his temper. Thomas has not been allowed to ask Bush questions since she asked him a series of questions as to why he does not respect the separation of church and state which he was not prepared to answer.

The audio will be available later today, and I hope to get a transcript in the next few days for the Kerry Reference Library.

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6 Responses to Helen Thomas Interviewed on the White House and the Press

  1. kj says:

    Ron, didn’t hear the Fresh Air segment, but read this bit in today’s WaPo “White House Briefing” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/linkset/2005/04/11/LI2005041100879.html

    Here’s the text page:
    fter a bit of chatter about the London bombings, Hearst columnist Helen Thomas started things off with a bang:

    Thomas: “Why does Karl Rove still have security clearance and access to classified documents when he has been revealed as a leaker of a secret agent, according to Time magazine’s correspondent?”

    McClellan: “Well, there is an investigation that continues, and I think the President has made it clear that we’re not going to prejudge the outcome of that investigation.”

    Thomas: “You already have the truth.”

    McClellan: “We’re not going to prejudge the outcome of that investigation through —

    Thomas: “Does he have access to security documents?”

    McClellan: ” — through media reports. And these questions came up over the last week — ”

    Thomas: “Did he leak the name of a CIA agent?”

    McClellan: “As I was trying to tell you, these questions have been answered.”

    Thomas: “No, they haven’t.”

    David Gregory, NBC News: “Let me ask — ”

    McClellan: “Go ahead, David.”

    Gregory: “And they most certainly haven’t. I think Helen is right, and the people watching us know that. And related to that, there are now –“

  2. kj says:

    hehehe 😉

  3. KJ

    It’s really hitting the fan now isn’t it… 😉

  4. Ginny in CO says:

    Ya think the folks who “couldn’t make up” their minds last Nov will find them?

  5. Ginny in CO says:

    Thinking back on that press meeting, I came back to reread kj’s post.

    Wow, TWO reporters were DOING THEIR JOBS.
    When McClellan tried to duck to NBC’s David Gregory, he just took up where Thomas had been cut off :):)

    I might have to start paying for Cable again. It would be worth it to watch certain individuals squirm while the reporters start employing good journalism interrogation….

  6. Bryan in SC (blue in a red state) says:

    Yep, Ginny – “good journalism interrogation” that has been sadly lacking for WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too long. I do have to say, though, that I feel some sympathy for Scott McClellan. As much as I despise Bush and the New American Taliban, I gotta say that McClellan has been a pretty decent Press Sec’y and seems to have had the respect of the White House Press Corps. But now the New American Taliban has painted him into a corner and he’s taking an awful lot of flak that rightfully should be lobbed at his bosses. They have dumped a world of dooky on his head and he seems to be doing the best he can with a very very dooky-ful situation. Of course, it’s part of the job, but boy what a job it must be these days…. pobrecito.