Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Has the worm turned?

The lapdog media showed some teeth late last week. After one sycophantic orgy of journalistic fellatio after another, someone (other than Fox News) actually went after the Il Duce administration.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs and the Obama administration found the press corps slightly less friendly than they are used to yesterday, when CBS's Chip Reid asked why the questions for Wednesday’s town hall on healthcare were being selected beforehand.

Gibbs tried to dodge the issue, and asked for it to be asked after the town hall meeting in question, but then Helen Thomas became involved, saying, “We have never had that in the White House. I’m amazed that you people … call for openness and transparency.”

Reid and Thomas didn't let up for a second, especially Thomas.
Okay. The words you're about to read are words I never thought I'd be writing in a million years. Helen Thomas was awesome.
After the press conference, she told CNS News that Obama's grip on the media is even greater than that of Richard Nixon.

"Nixon didn’t try to do that. They couldn’t control [the media]. They didn’t try that. What the hell do they think we are, puppets? They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them. 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. It’s blatant. They don’t give a damn if you know it or not. They ought to be hanging their heads in shame."
I'm dumbfounded. I figured if anyone was going to be an Il Duce sycophant, it would be the Grand Dame of the Left! But here she is calling his royal butt to task.

Watch the's even better.

If there were an award which equated to the polar opposite of Wiener of the Week, Chip Reid and Helen Thomas would be awarded it. Right now. On the spot. No question.