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.


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.” N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jan. 2016.

Doyle, Sady. “Helen Thomas: First and Foremost.” In These Times. N.p., 26 July
2013. Web. 16 Jan. 2016. <

Germany, Kent, ed. “Lyndon B. Johnson: Foreign Affairs.” N.p., 2016. Web. 16 Jan. 2016.

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

One thought on “Source Evaluation: Helen Thomas Biography”

  1. Evans,
    You are really starting to get somewhere. I can see the sections of your paper beginning to take shape. I do think you should include her memberships in the Gridiron club etc… In terms of the end of her life, I think that her biases clearly came out in her anti-Israel remarks and in her associations at the end of her life. I don’t think you have to lambaste her, but I do think that you should include it. Examining Cuban Missile, Vietnam, as case studies of her coverage of the President and then talking about her as a reporter, trailblazer and flawed human being would make for a great paper. Excellent job!

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