Helen Thomas

Helen Amelia Thomas (August 4, 1920 – July 20, 2013) was an American reporter and author best known for her longtime membership in the White House press corps.wikipedia
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Watergate scandal

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During the Watergate scandal, Martha Mitchell, wife of United States Attorney General John N. Mitchell, frequently called Thomas to discuss how the Nixon administration was using Mitchell as a scapegoat.
In June 1972, during a phone call with United Press reporter Helen Thomas; Martha Mitchell informed Thomas that she would leave her husband until he resigned from the CRP.

United Press International

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Thomas worked for the United Press and post-1958 successor United Press International (UPI) for 57 years, first as a correspondent, and later as White House bureau manager.
White House reporter Helen Thomas became the public face of UPI, as she was seen at televised press conferences beginning in the early 1960s.

Merriman Smith

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It was during Kennedy's administration that she began ending presidential press conferences with a signature "Thank you, Mr. President," reviving a tradition started by UPI's Albert Merriman Smith during the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt.
That honor, accorded the senior wire service reporter present at presidential news conferences, became more popularly known when it was continued by Smith's UPI colleague Helen Thomas.

White House press corps

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Helen Amelia Thomas (August 4, 1920 – July 20, 2013) was an American reporter and author best known for her longtime membership in the White House press corps.

Supersisters

In 1979, the Supersisters trading card set was produced and distributed; one of the cards featured Thomas's name and picture.

Winchester, Kentucky

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Born in Winchester, Kentucky, Thomas was the seventh of the nine children of George and Mary (Rowady) Thomas, Lebanese immigrants from Tripoli in what was, at the time, part of the Ottoman Empire (later, the area became Lebanon).

Craig Crawford

She wrote six books; her last, with co-author Craig Crawford, was Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do (2009).

Martha Mitchell

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During the Watergate scandal, Martha Mitchell, wife of United States Attorney General John N. Mitchell, frequently called Thomas to discuss how the Nixon administration was using Mitchell as a scapegoat.
During a phone call with Helen Thomas of the United Press, reportedly Mitchell's favorite reporter, Mitchell informed Thomas of her decision to leave her husband until he resigned from the CRP.

David Nesenoff

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Rabbi David Nesenoff of RabbiLive.com, on the White House grounds with his son and a teenage friend for a May 27, 2010, American Jewish Heritage Celebration Day, questioned Thomas as she was leaving the White House via the North Lawn driveway.
He gained national attention in June 2010 when he posted to his website a video he had made of opinion columnist Helen Thomas making controversial statements about Israel.

John N. Mitchell

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During the Watergate scandal, Martha Mitchell, wife of United States Attorney General John N. Mitchell, frequently called Thomas to discuss how the Nixon administration was using Mitchell as a scapegoat.
While she was on a phone call with journalist Helen Thomas about the break-in, King pulled the phone cord from the wall.

White House Correspondents' Association

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Thomas was the first female officer of the National Press Club, the first female member and president of the White House Correspondents' Association and the first female member of the Gridiron Club.
At the urging of Helen Thomas, President John F. Kennedy refused to attend the dinner unless the ban on women was dropped.

Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism

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In 1993, Thomas won the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Nicholas F. Benton

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Owner-Editor Nicholas Benton repeatedly defended the decision to hire her despite her controversial comments.
Benton hired Helen Thomas after her allegedly anti-semitic comments in 2010.

Chip Bok

In addition to several collections of cartoons, Bok has also illustrated a children's book written by Helen Thomas, The Great White House Breakout, which was published in 2008.

Women in journalism

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President of the United States

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She covered the White House during the administrations of ten U.S. presidents—from the start of the Kennedy administration to the second year of the Obama administration.

Presidency of John F. Kennedy

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She covered the White House during the administrations of ten U.S. presidents—from the start of the Kennedy administration to the second year of the Obama administration.

Presidency of Barack Obama

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She covered the White House during the administrations of ten U.S. presidents—from the start of the Kennedy administration to the second year of the Obama administration.

Correspondent

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Thomas worked for the United Press and post-1958 successor United Press International (UPI) for 57 years, first as a correspondent, and later as White House bureau manager.

White House

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Thomas worked for the United Press and post-1958 successor United Press International (UPI) for 57 years, first as a correspondent, and later as White House bureau manager.

National Press Club (United States)

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Thomas was the first female officer of the National Press Club, the first female member and president of the White House Correspondents' Association and the first female member of the Gridiron Club.

Gridiron Club

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Thomas was the first female officer of the National Press Club, the first female member and president of the White House Correspondents' Association and the first female member of the Gridiron Club.

Jews

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Thomas retired from Hearst Newspapers on June 7, 2010, following controversial comments she made about Jews, Israel, the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and her claims that "Congress, the White House, Hollywood and Wall Street are owned by Zionists", that led to numerous allegations of antisemitism.

Israel

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Thomas retired from Hearst Newspapers on June 7, 2010, following controversial comments she made about Jews, Israel, the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and her claims that "Congress, the White House, Hollywood and Wall Street are owned by Zionists", that led to numerous allegations of antisemitism.

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

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Thomas retired from Hearst Newspapers on June 7, 2010, following controversial comments she made about Jews, Israel, the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and her claims that "Congress, the White House, Hollywood and Wall Street are owned by Zionists", that led to numerous allegations of antisemitism.