Traditions are good things, but eventually, they change, or they come to a natural end on their own. Some traditions continue when they should have been killed off years ago.
Helen Thomas is a White House Press Corps tradition that needs to end.
Her extreme bias against Republicans and this administration in general can no longer be restrained it seems, since she has taken to asking loaded questions which serve no real purpose other than to provide Helen with a platform for pushing a radical leftist viewpoint. Helen doesn’t seek the facts. She’s not interested in reporting the news.
Her colleagues in the MSM are quick to note that Helen has covered every president since John F. Kennedy, as if somehow she represents the very essence of what it means to be ‘a White House Correspondent’. She’s become an institution in their eyes. They celebrated her coronation decades ago. Yet I would believe most Americans see the Helen Thomas of today in a completely different light than the Helen Thomas of the Reagan era, or even the Clinton era. With each biased comment and snide remark, the American people see Helen for what she’s become.
How many young reporters are looking for a role model who’s epitaph will include the words “biased, mean spirited, radically partisan editorialist”?
Maybe it’s simply an ‘age’ thing? After all, Helen is no spring chicken, and as anyone who’s family includes with an aging parent or grandparent would attest to, these types get a bit crotchety in their sunset years. That would be fine if the MSM would characterize Helen as a partisan, but they don’t. She’s still considered to be an objective reporter covering the White House beat.
Ending a tradition is never an easy thing to do. Most of the time, attrition ultimately solves the matter. One can hope it will come knock, knock, knocking on Helen’s door…and soon.