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Helen Thomas HBO Documentary

HBO Documentary Tonight: Helen Thomas, in Her Own Words

"You might incur some wrath from the powers that be, but so what?" — Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas has had the unique experience of covering every president since JFK from the front row of the Beltway press corps. She began the tradition of ending each presidential press conferences with a signature "Thank you, Mr. President." Fittingly, this is the title of a documentary about her career that will premiere on HBO tonight.

Thomas first came to my attention as that feisty lady asking President Bush some seriously tough questions about the war in Iraq. I also fondly remember her participation in the controversial Stephen Colbert bit at the 2006 White House Correspondence dinner in which he jokingly referred to her as "Doubting Thomas."

When I heard HBO and Rory Kennedy (daughter of Bobby Kennedy) were doing a documentary on her life, I pried the screener DVD from my friend Citizen's hands (though she later asked me for my take) and hunkered down to learn about being a woman in a male-dominated field, how the heck she earned that position in the first place, the toughest questions she ever asked a president, her perspective on journalism today, etc. To see what I thought of the doc and to view a trailer,


Well, what I got was a bit unexpected: a cheery 40-minute tribute-ish program that is definitely entertaining but far too shallow for my tastes. It left me wanting more, and got me thinking. . .doesn't a woman of this stature and with this much experience deserve a longer, more in-depth documentary devoted to her? I think so.

But if you've also been intrigued by Helen Thomas over the years, tonight's documentary will definitely make you smile, even though you might want for more.


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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
you know, i hadn't heard about this at all being promoted and then last night my fiance turned it on and it was really interesting to read. she's spent so much time in DC working with politicians and had interesting views on the way that the media portrayed and shared information. i think that even if you have no interest in media or politics you would find her story interesting. it's not often that a woman had her stature in the white house even back in that day.
JennaV JennaV 8 years
I have had her as a passenger on one of my flights and she is just the sweetest woman. Helen's career is just amazing.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Just finished watching this and, Buzz, I totally agree with you and your assessment of the documentary. While parts did make me smile and brought back memories, I wanted more depth, more Helen. She has so much to offer, so much more to say. She is remarkable.
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