"The great journalism we have known is in a state of demise. And even more unfortunate is the timidity and lack of nerve on the part of reporters these days to call them as they see them. No reporter with eyes and ears wide open could have mistaken the fact that President Bush wanted to go to war from the moment he stepped foot in the White House and nothing would stop him... I believe the press could have stopped the mayhem before it started by not defaulting on its one weapon-skepticism. It would have called on reporters to demand every day news conferences to pin the president down and to show how bereft his reasons were to go to war. But reporters were holier than thou caught up in the intimidating – and for some exciting - atmosphere of patriotism and then war itself."
Helen Thomas, Dec. 13, 2005, upon receiving the first Truth in Media "Izzy" award from MediaChannel.org.
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On March 22, 2006, President Bush called on Ms. Thomas for the first time in a presidential news conference in more than three years. Listen to the question Thomas asked and how Bush responded:
WIKIPEDIA BIO: Helen Thomas
BELOW EXCERPTED FROM AN OFFICIAL BIO AT THE HARRY THOMAS SPEAKER BUREAU WEBSITE: