July 02, 2009

Thomas: Obama Worse Than Nixon

Wizened White House Press Corps gnome Helen Thomas says that the current administration's attempts to control the press is the worst she's seen:

"I'm not saying there has never been managed news before, but this is carried to fare-thee-well--for the town halls, for the press conferences," she said. "It's blatant. They don't give a damn if you know it or not. They ought to be hanging their heads in shame."

Anyone who has been closely following Obama's Presidential run has long known that our neophyte leader has forged an illusion of competence by being more heavily stage-managed than a teen pop group (while being roughly as qualified). It really says quite a bit when a reporter as experienced and blatantly liberal as Thomas rips into the administration as she has.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at July 2, 2009 08:07 AM

The story goes that when Walter Cronkite came out against the Vietnam War just after the Tet Offensive, LBJ knew that his political career was over. "We've lost Cronkite," he lamented, according to the accounts I've read.

Obama doesn't have a tithe of the political savvy LBJ had. He's going to be running into a brick wall -- of his own making -- any day now.

I've got half a case of popcorn. This should be almost as much fun to watch as Lucha Libre.


Posted by: Steffan at July 2, 2009 10:19 AM

I am long psst considering Helen Thomas as anything but as bitter, partisan, rude and borderline senile. She is long past her experation date.

So question for Ms Thomas, what basis did you to believe that Barack Obama was competent, as opposes to merely slickly packagyed? When did you discover that Obama was a fraud?

Thomas a columinst, not a reporter. I believe her column appears in one paper. Count em.

Posted by: DavidL at July 2, 2009 10:38 AM

DavidL takes the normal liberal route, attack the messenger not the message. The Ad-Hominem attack is the basic tool of the left since most of their positions cannot stand up to the light of reason and logic.

Granted the MSM should be ashamed of itself, but since anyone who comes out against BO or criticizes his administration will already find themselves under attack by Obamamaniacs there is no reason for conservatives to "pile on" too. Be grateful for another voice decrying "dear Leader".

Posted by: Scott at July 2, 2009 11:23 AM


While I agree with you regarding Thomas she does have her moments of fluidity and this was one of them. She has been in the front row of the press room since Eisenhower and has broken a myriad of stories of which still effects us today. Her statement was SPOT ON and she deserves some respect in my opinion of course as she has seen any and all attempts at POTUS manipulation and this charge is damning. She supported Obama just as I based upon what Obama promised in the primaries that were parroted in the general. This is what got my vote and now its obviuous Mr. Obama doesn;t have a clue. Iran? Hunduras? N.Korea, shall I go on?


Posted by: Tina at July 2, 2009 12:01 PM

Helen Thomas, at long long last, has begun to atone for the savagely biased vitriol which she has poured into the stream of "news" from Washington for decades. Bless her for waking up.

But if she's so smart, why did it take so long to recognize the manipulation of the all-too-willing press which Obama has successfully employed since 2004?

Posted by: micropotamus at July 2, 2009 12:11 PM

when one helps to create a monster he is often one of the first to be consumed by the same.

Posted by: joe buzz at July 2, 2009 12:51 PM

I don't know about Helen Thomas, but I have nightmares about Obama. I darkly suspect he and his people will try to get rid of term limits as set forth in Amendment 22 so he can stay in power for the rest of his life. Besides, how do we know he's legally entitled to be president? I'm with Alan Keyes on this one.

Posted by: Old Bob at July 2, 2009 03:19 PM

Old Bob,

Want to know why Obama wants to reinstate Zelaya in Honduras? Because he knows that if tries to muscle his way to a third term, he could be in for the same treatment from SCOTUS, Congress, the Armed Forces, and an armed citizenry.

Posted by: MarkJ at July 2, 2009 05:09 PM

She's only pissed because she been pushed to the end of the o-iizz line. When she gets back up front she'll be back to being her usual bagopus self.

Posted by: emdfl at July 2, 2009 07:41 PM

Thomas "retires" due to "health concerns" in 5..4..3..2..1..

Posted by: Purple Avenger at July 3, 2009 12:44 AM

Considering the nakedly Leftwing nature of Helen Thomas's career this has to be afforded the credibility of a statement against interest. The outrage is obviously real and personal and sufficient to overcome her demonstrated ideological affinities. If she looks at BHO and says she sees RMN you had best believe that not only does she see it but she feels its being forced down her wattle and she has no choice but to make a fuss. Isn't this the sort of thing that would usually be complained of with discretion? After decades of seeing her on the bowsprit of the ship of media I cannot believe she could do/say anything that would be redeeming. Wow.

Posted by: megapotamus at July 3, 2009 02:06 PM

We have the video up on COMMON CENTS...
Great post!

ps. Link Exchange??

Posted by: Steve at July 3, 2009 03:02 PM

Wow...And Nixon had Ron Ziegler as press sec bullying the media.

Posted by: John Ruberry at July 4, 2009 11:59 AM

Oh, someone will throw her a bone and she'll be back to her ol' self any day now. Or, more likely, Obama will "explain" to her in his legal-sleaze manner WHY it's important for him to control the press, and she'll toe the line.

There's NO WAY she's suddenly non-partisan.

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