White House Correspondent Helen Thomas Dies at 92

Veteran journalist known for blunt questions and strong opinions passes away in her apartment.
2:33 | 07/20/13

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Helen Thomas has been the face of American journalism at the White House for nearly five decades that's what you. Extensive peacekeeping troops to us yet. -- people back to democracy those accusations correct -- the watchdog. Self reminded. Self appointed but where there and we're very important that we be there -- the aggressive. Tenacious reporter has fired -- blunt questions at presidential press conferences. And daily briefings through ten administrations. Mr. Thomas. It would be improper of course you know for me to comment on the substance. And a charges or indictments. She became as familiar to presidents and their families. As she was to the millions of Americans she felt compelled to protect against abuse of power. The Arab pain in the neck where there in Trudy who black cheating asking questions trying to decide what. But -- they are what they are constantly knit picking. Helen Thomas was born August 4 1940. NN Winchester Kentucky. After graduating with a degree in English from Detroit's Wayne university. Thomas went to -- the news was Washington DC. Then she landed a job in 1943 with the influential wire service United Press International. Eventually becoming UPI's first woman White House bureau chief Helen earned the -- of her colleagues. Pushy yes. Hello this pushy and I use that as a badge of honor. But she also had a lighter side. -- young -- -- home run -- especially. If those dinners where journalists and politicians make fun of -- Whether delving into Watergate architect by day would be wrong. Between hard money. That the Watergate defendant. For digging into the Iraq War why did you really want it. The same sharp tongue coddled long career short and de -- tell us. Thomas apologized for remarks critical of Israelis but soon after resigned. Thomas said she loved being in the White House and having an orchestra seat on history. Hell. This is my inaugural. Moment here. I'm really excited. And Compton ABC news the White House. --

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