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Sunday, March 09, 2003  

Helen Thomas Doesn't Need Any Favors

I think I just read the most ignorant blog post ever written. Well, outside of Steven Den Beste's self-referentially named USS Clueless, that is.

Entitled "Helen Thomas Deserved To Be Snubbed" and dated March 7, 2003, it reads:

Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas received a well reserved snub at the Presidential press conference yesterday. By tradition Helen Thomas should of sat in the front row and asked the first question. Instead, she was seated in the third row, and not even picked to ask a question. Well when you describe President Bush as one of the "worst president ever" don't expect any favors. [Ed.: Errors in grammar, diction, punctuation, and capitalization retained from the original text.]

I don't know who this blogger is, but he knows nothing about journalism.


[Post-publication addendum (March 10): Speaking of people who know nothing about journalism: James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal's "Best of the Web Today" made a similarly ridiculous remark last week: "It was a bad night for American journalism's crazy old aunt in the attic…. People old enough to remember tell us Thomas was once a respected reporter, but lately she's taken to making demented pronouncements on how [President] George W. Bush is 'the worst president in all of American history.' … [A]ll Americans can cheer President Bush's decision to muzzle her at an event as important as yesterday's press conference. It's part of the president's project of restoring dignity to the office." Ah yes, the dignity of watching the tinker-toy set play their childish little games.]

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