Tuesday, July 08, 2008

I've been a bit sceptical of Denton's new Elders series, perhaps because in the ads it always seemed a bit fawning (which I guess is kinda the point), and his style verged towards the obsequious. But last night's interview of veteran 87-year old White House journo Helen Thomas was a killer. Not only was it chilling to hear someone with that much perspective declare Bush *the worst* President in history (maybe every generation had a *worst* President?), but to see the footage of her challenging an obvious official contradiction about torture in the press room, then look back to her colleagues and ask "where are you guys?" was... like... Raaaahhhhh!! I think there's a certain impact in having confirmed what we already know from the mouth of someone who's spanned eight White Houses - particularly that the press has gone AWOL for the last eight years.

1 comment:

Gene Poole said...

Agreed, Helen Thomas is an American Treasure. Too bad the rest of the press corp have been cowed into being lap dogs with lap tops. They've forgotten or never knew that the role of press is instrumental to our government of the people, by the people and for the people.

Now, let's have a moment of silence for the death of the Fourth Amendment that passed away today when the Senate passed the FISA Compromise. It compromised the Fourth Amendment out of existence.