Helen Thomas: Exhibit A of Media Bias
Guest Post by Tom Doran
I just tweeted this 2006 piece by Jonathan Chait about Helen Thomas, the long-serving White House correspondent who recently died; she later gained some infamy with some appalling remarks about Israel, but this was written long before that.
You might find it interesting because it illustrates how extremism (if that’s the right word) isn’t just factually and morally wrong, it’s also pragmatically wrong. Thomas asked such provocative and emotive questions that the Bush administration was easily able to shake them off, all the while pointing to her as Exhibit A of media bias. In doing so, she became a great asset to the people she theoretically opposed.
The analogy with British politics should be obvious.
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