Helen Thomas was a flippin’ kook. But she was very liberal, so Her Kookiness was allowed to stay. They even praised her at every turn, even though she was half nuts.
At a time when others were getting cozy with sources, her crabby, unrelenting hostility was refreshing.
“When are you going to get out of Afghanistan?” she challenged President Obama two weeks ago. “Why are we continuing to kill and die there? What is the real excuse? And don’t give us this Bushism, ‘If we don’t go there, they’ll all come here.’ “
Then there was her questioning — heckling, really — of press secretary Robert Gibbs: “What’s the difference between your foreign policy and Bush’s? . . . Why don’t you know your position on Glass-Steagall? . . . What are you hiding? . . . Yes or no? . . . Why does the president have this audacity of hope for the health plan when it’s so clear the perception from yesterday was he struck out?”
She was an angry old nut. I am not sure she was ever really much as a reporter. But she was a hard left liberal, so that type gets praised endlessly by the MSM.