Farewell to a great journalist. Leftnews salutes Helen Thomas.
“Ms Thomas was a pioneer for women in journalism, notching up a series of firsts during her career. She became the first female president of the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA), the first female member of the Gridiron Club and the only female print journalist to travel with President Richard Nixon on his first trip to China. As the senior news service correspondent at the White House, she was often the one who would end the news conference with the phrase “Thank you, Mr President”. … Thomas was known to legions of Washington reporters simply as “Helen.” She was the doyenne – and, unofficially, the dean – of the White House press corps since the Kennedy administration, but never succumbed to the allure of power, prestige and glitz surrounding the capital.”