Note: This post was originally published in June 2010.
(CNN) - It was the spilled lamb juice that endeared Helen Thomas to me.
We had a mutual friend, Fran Lewine, who I knew as an assignment editor and field producer in our Washington bureau. For many years before joining CNN Fran was a White House correspondent for the Associated Press. Her chief competition often was Thomas, who reported for United Press International. They traveled the world together and were two of the women who broke down barriers that discriminated against women journalists in the nation’s capitol.
Prez obama only let her ask one question she turned red faced
I don't understand the tribute by the news-media who loved that they "got" her, now they love her when she's gone.
RIP Helen Thomas "First Lady of the Press". The only journalist in the the White House Corps with gumption. Never shying away from seeking the truth or speaking her mind. Blunt, making many a Presidents squirm.
It was a sad time for free journalism and freedom of speech when she was hounded out of a distinguished career by lobbies of hate.
We need more like her.