Helen Thomas returns to White House

Uploaded on Nov 12, 2008

After several months of recuperation from health issues, longtime White House Correspondent Helen Thomas returns to the building,


White House Correspondent Helen Thomas Dies at 92

Published on Jul 20, 2013

Veteran journalist known for blunt questions and strong opinions passes away in her apartment.


Honoring a Trail Blazer: Remembering Helen Thomas

Published on Jul 20, 2013

Fearless White House correspondent paved way for fellow female journalists.


Helen Thomas – The Longest White House Journalist – PressTV, March 15, 2010

Uploaded on Jun 7, 2010

PressTVGlobalNews — March 16, 2010 — exclusive interview with Helen Thomas, Veteran White House correspondent


Jews for Helen Thomas

Uploaded on Jun 8, 2010

Jews for Helen Thomas
Press Conference
With Zool Zulkowitz and Medea Benjamin
Tuesday, June 8, 2010, 12 noon


Helen Thomas on Her Resignation and Middle East

Uploaded on Nov 15, 2010

Thomas: Israel should get out of Occupied Territories; White House Correspondents Assoc. were out of line


Helen Thomas on discrimination against female journalists

Published on Jul 23, 2013

Legendary journalist Helen Thomas, a long-time member of the National Press Club, passed away July 20, 2013 at the age of 92.

In 2004, she was interviewed for the documentary “The National Press Club at 100: A Century of Headlines.” Here we present an outtake of that interview in which she talks about discrimination against female reporters in Washington, and how that played into a 1959 visit by Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev.


Helen Thomas Recollections, 9/11/02. Tape 1 of 1.

Published on Apr 18, 2013

Helen Thomas Recollections, 9/11/2002. Tape 1 of 1.

THOMAS, HELEN. Helen Thomas. Journalist; White House Press reporter, 1961-present; first woman to be White House Bureau Chief for a news wire service.

Topics, in order of discussion: LBJ, a man of compassion who knew how to get things done; Most colorful President we ever covered; No reporter ever had as much access to a President; “Lady Bird was probably the greatest First Lady I ever covered.”

See also: Helen Thomas oral history transcripts, available http://www.lbjlibrary.net/collections….


A Tribute to Helen Thomas: American Author, Reporter, Member of the White House Press Corps (1984)

Published on Jul 23, 2013

Helen Amelia Thomas (August 4, 1920 — July 20, 2013) was an American author and news service reporter, member of the White House press corps and opinion columnist. She worked for the United Press and post-1958 successor United Press International (UPI) for 57 years, first as a correspondent, and later as White House bureau manager. She was a columnist for Hearst Newspapers from 2000 to 2010, writing on national affairs and the White House. She covered the administrations of eleven U.S. presidents—from the final years of the Eisenhower administration to the second year of the Obama administration.
Thomas was the first female officer of the National Press Club, the first female member and president of the White House Correspondents’ Association and the first female member of the Gridiron Club. She wrote six books; her last, with co-author Craig Crawford, was Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do (2009). Thomas retired from Hearst Newspapers on June 7, 2010, following controversial comments she made about Israel, Israeli Jews and the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.

In November 1960, Thomas began covering then President-elect John F. Kennedy, taking the initiative to switch from reporting the “women’s angle” to reporting the news of the day.[15] She became the White House UPI correspondent in January 1961. Thomas became known as the “Sitting Buddha,” and the “First Lady of the Press.”[16] It was during Kennedy’s administration that she began ending presidential press conferences with a signature “Thank you, Mr. President,”[17] reviving a tradition started by UPI’s Albert Merriman Smith during the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt.[18]

In a 2008 article, the Christian Science Monitor wrote: “Thomas, a fixture in American politics, is outspoken, blunt, demanding, forceful and unrelenting. Not only does she command respect by the highest powers in the US, her reputation is known worldwide.”[19] When Cuban leader Fidel Castro was asked in the early 2000s what was the difference between democracy in Cuba and democracy in the United States, Castro reportedly replied, “I don’t have to answer questions from Helen Thomas.” Thomas considered Castro’s reply to be “the height of flattery.”[20] In 1962, Thomas convinced President Kennedy to not attend the annual dinners held for the White House correspondents and photographers if they disallowed women from attending. President Kennedy moved for the dinners to be combined into one event, with women allowed to attend. In 1970, UPI named Thomas their chief White House correspondent, making her the first woman to serve in the position. She was named the chief of UPI’s White House bureau in 1974.[14] Thomas was the only female print journalist to travel to China with President Richard Nixon during his 1972 visit to China.[21] During the Watergate scandal, Martha Beall Mitchell, wife of United States Attorney General John N. Mitchell, frequently called Thomas to discuss how the Nixon administration was using Mitchell as a scapegoat.[12] Thomas circled the globe several times, traveling with every U.S. president from Richard Nixon through Barack Obama. She covered every Economic Summit since 1975, working up to the position of UPI’s White House Bureau Chief, a post she would hold for over 25 years. While serving as White House Bureau Chief, she authored a regular column for UPI, “Backstairs at the White House.”[22] The column provided an insider’s view of various presidential administrations.
In 1975, the Washington Press Corps club, known as the Gridiron Club, admitted Thomas, making her the first woman to become a member. From 1975 through 1976, she served as the first female president of the White House Correspondents Association.[14] Thomas was the only member of the White House Press Corps to have her own seat in the White House Briefing Room. All other seats are assigned to media outlets.

On May 17, 2000, the day after it was announced that the UPI had been acquired by News World Communications Inc., an international media conglomerate founded and controlled by Unification Church leader Reverend Sun Myung Moon which owns The Washington Times and other news media, Thomas resigned from the UPI after 57 years with the organization.[23] She later described the change in ownership as “a bridge too far.”[23][24] Less than two months later, she joined Hearst Newspapers as an opinion columnist, writing on national affairs and the White House.[25] After leaving her job as a reporter at the UPI, Thomas became more likely to air her personal, negative views. In a speech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she quipped, “I censored myself for 50 years when I was a reporter. Now I wake up and ask myself, ‘Who do I hate today?'”[26]


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