Helen Thomas from the grave: ‘Lapdog’ press needs to be more liberal

Helen Thomas from the grave: ‘Lapdog’ press needs to be more liberal

Pioneering female journalist Helen Thomas, who died last Saturday at 92 after covering 10 presidents, believed that White House reporters had become spineless “lap dogs” of presidents and that the press corps needed to be more left-wing because “liberal correspondents are more honest,” according to an just-published interview.

“There is no such thing anymore as the liberal press. I’m searching for a liberal,” she told a researcher for Brookings Institution scholar Stephen Hess as part of his historic project to chart the lives and careers of 450 Washington journalists.

Always a champion for liberal causes and Palestine, her views about the press and liberalism come across sharper than in any other interview.

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