Helen Thomas's Kathleen Gingrich moment

<p /><p>Ten years ago, <a href="http://secure.mediaresearch.org/news/cyberalert/2002/cyb20020123_extra.a... Chung</a>, then of CBS News, tricked then-Speaker Newt Gingrich's mother, Kathleen Gingrich, into revealing the 5-letter epithet that her son called Hillary Clinton, by assuring Mrs. Gingrich that the disclosure was &quot;just between you and me.&quot;</p><p>Somehow it's strangely enjoyable to find a liberal &quot;journalist&quot; in the Kathleen Gingrich role now as Helen Thomas's off-the-cuff remarks about becoming suicidal should Vice President Cheney announce his candidacy for the White House in 2008 being trumpeted on the Internet thanks to a prominent DrudgeReport link to the revelation as printed in a column by Thomas's friend<span style="font-style: italic;">,</span><i>The Hill</i> editor Albert Eisele. </p><p> C'mon, Helen, no one who's seen your columns or appearances at White House briefings harbors any suspicion that you are a straight down-the-middle and just-the-facts-ma'am journalist. It's not like you've let out any big secret which will ruin your journalistic reputation. </p><p><br />[via <a href="www.drudgereport.com">DrudgeReport.com</a>]</p><blockquote><p>

XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX SUN JULY 31, 2005 19:44:05 ET XXXXX
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HELEN THOMAS ANGRY AFTER 'KILL SELF' OVER CHENEY COMMENTS PUBLISHED<br /><br />
White House press doyenne Helen Thomas is plenty peeved at her longtime
friend Albert Eisele, editor of THE HILL newspaper in Washington, D.C. <br /><br /> In a column this week headlined &quot;Reporter: Cheney's Not
Presidential Material,&quot; Eisele quoted Thomas as saying &quot;The day Dick
Cheney is going to run for president, I'll kill myself. All we need is
one more liar.&quot; <br /><br />
Thomas also said: &quot;I think he'd like to run, but it would be a sad day
for the country if he does,&quot; according to Eisele's column. <br /><br />
But Thomas said yesterday at the White House that her comments to
Eisele were for his ears only. &quot;I'll never talk to a reporter again!&quot;
Thomas was overheard saying. <br /><br />
&quot;We were just talking -- I was ranting -- and he wrote about it. That
isn't right. We all say stuff we don't want printed,&quot; Thomas said. <br /><br />
But Eisele said that when he called Thomas, &quot;I assume she knew that we were on the record.&quot;
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&quot;She's obviously very upset about it, but it was a small item -- <a href="http://drudgereport.com/flash1.htm">until Drudge picked it up</a> and broadcast it across the universe,&quot; Eisele said.
<br /><br /> Still, he noted that reporters aren't that happy when the
tables are turned. &quot;Nobody has thinner skin than reporters,&quot; Eisele
said with a laugh.
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Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd is the Managing Editor for NewsBusters