Well, it's not the first time the Grande Liberal Dame of the press corps has had words for the Obama White House, but today Helen Thomas is voicing more unlikely sentiments by telling the White House attack dogs to heel in the Fox News fight.This is from a Mary Katherine Ham blog post at National Review.In an interview with MSNBC, the columnist -- who is promoting her new book on presidents and their campaigns -- also stressed the White House ought to "stay out of these fights."
"They can only take you down. You can't kill the messenger," said Thomas, who has covered every president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama.
Here is Ms Ham quoting something from the New York Times:
Even though almost all the critiques contained a kernel of truth, in each instance the folks who had the barrels of ink, and now pixels, seemed to come out ahead. So far, the only winner in this latest dispute seems to be Fox News. Ratings are up 20 percent this year, and the network basked for a week in the antagonism of a sitting president. ...I think the White House is missing the fact that there are a lot of uncommitted and Democrats who watch FOX and it is a good way to get the message out. Candidate Obama did well by going on the Bill O'Reilly Show.
One of the things I liked about the Obama Administration was the promise of "transparency" and "accountability." I figured it would be very hard—remember the Bismarck comment about making legislation and making sausage?♠ But still, any steps in the direction of transparency and accountability would be good for the Republic. Perhaps it is not to be.
As someone♥ said, "Are we Dunn yet?"
Regards — Cliff
♥ Someone I had never heard of.
♠ "If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made."