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Few have rankled presidents and politicians for as long and as effectively as the late Helen Thomas. For 60 years, Helen Thomas covered the White House with sharp questioning, rarely if ever holding anything back, doing her best to keep presidents accountable for their actions. In this production from the 92nd Street Y, the progressive journalist and author Amy Goodman sits down with Thomas for a night of hilarious and intimate conversation. Listen along as the two powerful journalists look back on the illustrious career of one of the longest tenured members of the White House press corps.
During her 60 years covering the White House, Thomas has seen dramatic changes in the way the news is gathered and reported. The dean of the White House press corps, she is the author of two books plus the forthcoming Watchdogs of Democracy?: The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public.
Moderator Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 300 stations in North America. She is co-author of the national best seller The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media that Love Them, written with her brother David Goodman. The book was chosen by independent bookstores as the #1 political title of the 2004 election season. The book was also chosen as one of the top 50 nonfiction books of 2004 by the editors of Publishers Weekly.