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by r2 | on July 21, 2013

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Pioneering journalist Helen Thomas dead at 92 and the news spread al over the world in just a
few minutes. She was loved by many but also feared by a great deal of people because of her
way of phrasing questions in the W hite House.
She became a trusted source of information with everything related to the W hite House, and
over the years built up quite a reputation for her integrety.
(Click here to watch a tribute to her life on YouTube)
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Al the major news agencies reported on her death:
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fashion and "women's interests", Helen Thomas was one of the doughtiest warriors to storm the
absurd barricade. Thomas, who has died aged 92, became a national icon as the senior
correspondent at the White House for United Press International (UPI), with the privilege of
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the press (and the television audience) had heard quite enough. She was born in Winchester,
Kentucky, the seventh child of Lebanese immigrants: George, a grocer, and his wife, Mary. Her
journalistic ambition was sparked on a student newspaper after the family moved to Detroit. On
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graduating from Wayne University (now Wayne State University), in Detroit, she headed for
Washington DC and briefly worked on the Washington Daily News, initialy as a general
dogsbody and later as a trainee reporter. In 1943 she was taken on by United Press (which later
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Here's the W ikipedia entry for Helen:
"Helen Amelia Thomas (August 4, 1920 -
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and news service reporter, member of the
White House press corps and opinion
columnist. She worked for the United
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Press and post-1958 successor United
Press International (UPI) for 57 years, first
as a correspondent, and later as White
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House bureau manager. She was a
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2000 to 2010, writing on national affairs
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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."
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And here is what current President Obama had to say about her:
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"Presidents don't often comment on the deaths of reporters, but Helen Thomas wasn't your
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typical reporter. The first female journalist to cover the president ful time, Thomas reported --
aggressively -- on 10 chief executives, from John Kennedy to Barack Obama. Thomas died
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Saturday at age 92. "Helen was a true pioneer, opening doors and breaking down barriers for
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generations of women in journalism," President Obama said in a statement. "She covered every
White House since President Kennedy's, and during that time she never failed to keep presidents
-- myself included -- on their toes.""
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NPR reports:
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"Journalist Helen Thomas died Saturday at the age of 92, according to The Gridiron Club &
Foundation. Over the decades, she made her mark as a woman journalist who shattered barriers
in the nation's capital and as someone who invariably spoke her mind. She became a fixture at
the White House, too, but her career came to an ignominious end due to her bluntly expressed
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opinions -- especialy her criticism of Israel and Jews."
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Let the great work she accomplished be her memory, and the numerous news stories covering
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