Final Source Evaluatoin: Helen Thomas obituary

bossHelen Thomas had an incredible impact on Washington and beyond. Researching her has been fascinating and there is so many ways I could have taken this research paper. After much consideration my thesis was drawn up:

Helen Thomas’ bias lead her to provide a unique insight and shape the portrait that she painted of JFK and LBJ.

I started off this blog post to explain why I was researching an obituary that Mrs. Robertson shared with me. Helen Thomas’ bias was very interesting and looking into her obituaries revealed some of her bias. Ms. Thomas did make some pretty severe anti Semitic comments:, such as “Jews should get the hell out of Palestine.” This bias will be interesting to portray in my analysis of JFK and LBJ. JFK did have some great religious advancement, and Thomas and JFK were very close and had a very healthy relationship, so it is interesting that she never made those comments in the earlier part of her career.helen thomas

The obituary I read was very reliable because a newspaper is a first rate source. It was also very helpful because it laid out her whole career and how much she really did. It showed how vital her career was, but did not fail to show the true downfall of Helen Thomas and her career, it showed every part of her life and career in a non-bias manor.

Another part of her bias was that Helen Thomas was first and foremost a feminist. She was one of the only women in the white house for a extended period of time, she was always first and always ready. The rest of my research process will be looking into her work and finding that bias and using it to analyze LBJ and JFK. ygg

Stout, David. “50 Years of Tough Questions and ‘Thank You, Mr.
President’.” New York Times [New York] 20 July 2013, Media: n. pag. Print.

Source Evaluation: Helen Thomas Biography

Veteran White House reporter and columnist Helen Thomas poses for photographers as she leaves the White House in Washington, DC, 16 October 2007. AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Listen up Mr. President by Helen Thomas is a self authored book about her beliefs of what a president should be. The book is split up into ten sections. These all include tips on a proper presidency. This source is reliable because it it purely Helen’s opinions, which is what I want for analysis.

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I have decided to use this to focus in on the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam war. Reading through these sections will reveal Helen Thomas’ opinions on presidency. This will overall guide the analysis of the conduct of both presidencies. Research for the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam war will come from the Miller Center, online and if further research is needed, from books. The miller center is reliable: on the front page of its site it reads: “The Miller Center is a nonpartisan institute that seeks to expand understanding of the presidency, policy, and political history, providing critical insights for the nation’s governance challenges.”

Another piece that was great to read was an article that was sent to me from Mrs. Robertson about Helen Thomas herself and her career.  This article showed how influential Helen Thomas actually was for her time and justified why her opinion on presidencies. Helen Thomas was a hard worker and pioneer for women in her career. She was a woman of firsts. This article lead me to wonder if there was a way I could potentially work in how she was a pioneer in her field with women and the press.

01 Mar 1962, Washington, DC, USA --- This is a photograph of Helen Thomas, UPI reporter in Washington, DC. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

There are some holes left in the research process which is that I need to find her articles on the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War to compare to my analysis from Listen up Mr. President. I also need to research her alleged anti-semetic comments which were mentioned in the end of the article listed above.

Coleman, David, ed. “John F. Kennedy: Foreign Affairs.”
http://millercenter.org/. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jan. 2016.
<http://millercenter.org­/president/biography/kennedy-foreign-affairs.>.

Doyle, Sady. “Helen Thomas: First and Foremost.” In These Times. N.p., 26 July
2013. Web. 16 Jan. 2016. <http://inthesetimes.com/article/15362/
helen_thomas>.

Germany, Kent, ed. “Lyndon B. Johnson: Foreign Affairs.”
http://millercenter.org/. N.p., 2016. Web. 16 Jan. 2016.
<http://millercenter.org/president/biography/lbjohnson-foreign-affairs>.

Thomas, Helen. Listen Up Mr. President. New York. NY: Scribner, 2009. Print.

Source Evaluation: Thank you Mr. President

The film “Thank you Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White house” by Rory Kennedy, sits down Helen Thomas, and asks her all sorts of questions involving her personal life and her relationships to the presidents from JFK to the later Bush.

The source is very reliable because it is Helen Thomas simply replying to questions about her life. It is very interesting because she also offers interpretation on presidents campaigns, their personal lives and the events that happened over the course of their presidency.

Over the course of Helen’s career there have been 9 presidents. 2 of which I will be comparing and contrasting through Helen Thomas’ eyes. Helen Thomas’ relationship with Kennedy and Johnson is looked at in the documentary. Thomas was very close to JFK and they got along very well. “He was very friendly”. She spent lots of time with the presidents: “you really felt that you got to know the person”. President Johnson in her eyes was “very self protected” and he would call for conferences where they would walk around the south lawn and he would talk very quietly, she considered them very “satirical”

The documentary does leave out lots of history for JFK and Johnson, which means I will be needing to do more in depth research. Having more background will help with comparison.  I will also need to research how Helen got to her position, what exactly her position was and it what it explicitly entailed. It would also be interesting to research some of her personal life, because she was fired  from her job.

Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House. Dir. Rory Kennedy.
HBO Documentary Films, 2008. Film.