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Helen Thomas, pioneer journalist, dies at 92

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Helen ThomasHelen Thomas, the irrepressible White House correspondent who used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents — often to their discomfort and was not shy about sharing her opinions, died Saturday. She was 92.

Thomas, who died at her apartment in Washington, had been ill for a long time, and in and out of the hospital before coming home Thursday, according to a friend, Muriel Dobbin.

Thomas made her name as a bulldog for United Press International in the great wire-service rivalries of old, and as a pioneer for women in journalism.

She was persistent to the point of badgering. One White House press secretary described her questioning as “torture” — and he was one of her fans.

TVNL Comment:  Helen Thomas was deprived of her rightful front row seat at press conferences because she dared to speak the truth, and because she dared to speak out on issues that were taboo and ignored by her colleagues.  Rest in Peace, Helen Thomas.  You were one of a kind.

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