It's astounding to those who actually get news: Helen Thomas, most senior correspondent on the White House beat, doesn't know
why we went to war in Iraq, according to the Drudge Report (excerpt below). If she cared to, she could have responded in real time to one of the most influential pundits on the internet, USS Clueless
after a pivotal post or two, or she could have read the high-level briefing on the subject made available later. For those needing fresher notes, she could have even read updates from Tigerhawk and others. In other words, if you want to know, you do. If you don't want to know, don't pretend to ask questions about it. I'm at the point of thinking she's someone's crazed aunt who wanders around mouthing off, and so far she's only making my case.
Excerpted from the Drudge Report
FLASH:President Bush today again avoided taking a question from White House doyenne Helen Thomas during his 45-minute press conference, even though he took questions from every reporter around her front-row, center seat.
"He's a coward," Thomas said afterward. "He's supposed to be this macho guy. He'll take on Osama bin Laden, but he won't take me on."
Thomas, who worked as the UPI White House reporter for 57 years and is now a columnist, raised her hand every time the president was concluding an answer to a reporter's question, but he never called on her.
She had a few questions in mind, though. "I wanted to ask about Iraq: 'You said you didn't go in for oil or for Israel or for WMDs. so why did you go in?' "