Helen Thomas Browbeats Robert Gibbs Over Transparency

Gotta give the old girl her props: she may be a serious far lefty and virulent Bush hater, but, it seems she has had quite enough of the way the Obama administration handles the press

Following a testy exchange during today’s (Wednesday) briefing with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas told CNSNews.com that not even Richard Nixon tried to control the press the way President Obama is trying to control the press.

“Nixon didn’t try to do that,” Thomas said. “They couldn’t control (the media). They didn’t try.

“What the hell do they think we are, puppets?” Thomas said. “They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them.”

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Well, regarding your question, Helen, yes, they do. And they do not think of themselves as public servants, they think of themselves as The Only People Who Can Save America So You Best Start Listening And Doing What They Tell You Because They Know Best.

Helen had a rather nasty, and interesting, discourse with Robert “Um, ah, well, er” Gibbs, the most inarticulate press secretary ever, which is today’s required reading (at the above CNS News link,) which is what led to what she told CNS News. The old bird was not happy with the way everything is staged and managed by the Obama admin, including the pre-arranged question with Nico Pitney of the Huffington Post (BTW, many people are saying Nico is not to blame for what happened, but, I disagree. If Nico was a true journalist, he would have said no.)

Will this signal a strengthening of resolve to do their jobs by the media? It started with CBS News’ Chip Reid getting testy about the questions asked at Obama’s “Town Halls,” otherwise known as “Obama’s Roadshow,” and Helen decided she was going to join in. Speaking of his roadshow, Powerline finds an interesting tidbit regarding that heart touching moment where President Barry hugged a person who was completely ah, er, unknown and independent

Debby Smith, of Appalachia, Va., is a volunteer for Organizing for America, Obama’s political operation within the Democratic National Committee. She obtained her ticket through the White House.

And she just happened to be called on among ALL the people there. Sure.

Video of the Robert Gibbs smackdown available at Real Clear Politics.

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