Helen Thomas Gets Lifetime Honor, Praise From Prominent Politicians

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By: E&P Staff

Helen Thomas — the veteran White House correspondent who now does a King Features Syndicate column — received a lifetime achievement award last night at the Washington Press Club Foundation’s 63rd annual congressional dinner.

U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) called Thomas “one of the greatest reporters in the history of the republic,” according to Washington Post writer Jose Antonio Vargas’ story about the event. And Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thomas could have gotten the award “over and over again.”

The Post article also noted that “Thomas is definitely a perfectionist. Two hours before her speech, she was hunched over on the stage of the VIP room, a red pen in hand, rereading her remarks. (‘To the members of Congress, I say, do the right thing. Pass laws that are fair to everyone. … To the media, I say, let’s follow the truth wherever it leads us, and let the chips fall where they may…’).”

Thomas told the 850 attendees: “I’ve picked the greatest profession in the world. There is nothing more indispensable to a democracy than a free press.”

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