POLITICS & PREJUDICES
What Will Being Mayor of Detroit Mean?
A field of candidates vies for the toughest job in America.
Published: July 24, 2013
There aren’t any other choices left.
Helen Thomas Remembered
THREE YEARS AGO, Helen Thomas, who did more for women in journalism than anyone in history, had her career end on a sour note.
Thomas, who died Saturday, made some nasty and intemperate remarks that seemed to imply all Jews should leave Israel and go back to “Germany, Poland, [and] the United States.”
That was over the line, and Thomas had, sadly, become less of a journalist and more of a ranting cranky old lady in her last years. But that’s not how she should be remembered.
Helen Thomas went to Washington to work as a hard news reporter in an era when women didn’t do that. She smashed glass ceilings for generations who came after her.
She covered nine presidents as White House correspondent, an achievement I don’t think anybody has ever matched. She worked tirelessly, asked hard questions and held their feet to the fire. She always made time for young reporters, and always was proud to say that she was from Detroit.
She was the working-class daughter of immigrants who put herself through Wayne State, and made it big on the national scene. Yes, she had flaws. But wouldn’t we be better off if the rest of the press corps had joined her in asking President George W. Bush, “So why the hell do you want to invade Iraq?”
Jack Lessenberry opines weekly for Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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