Veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas, who died Saturday at the age of 92, was known for sharply questioning presidents and her ability to pry loose information about the inner workings of the federal government, as well as for stirring controversy in her later years.
As news of her death spread, friends, admirers, former colleagues and critics took to Twitter to voice their reactions. Here is a sample.
RIP Helen Thomas, who I first met in 1983. Here's my photo of her and Pres Obama on their mutual birthday in 2009 pic.twitter.com/UTKMpsuQY5
— petesouza (@petesouza) July 20, 2013
She made missteps for sure, but #HelenThomas was a friend and an ally of the women journalists who followed her. Including me.
— Susan Page (@SusanPage) July 20, 2013
So many "first woman" this or thats associated with Helen Thomas. Would take way more than 140 characters to tell them.
— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) July 20, 2013
Here's Helen Thomas in 1962, in the Oval Office with President Kennedy. She reported on TEN presidents. pic.twitter.com/PSX9FQArhm
— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) July 20, 2013
While a compliant press did nothing, one WH correspondent refused to be a tool. Watch Helen Thomas question Bush: http://t.co/pEGFyUbXEG
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) July 20, 2013
"The truth, rather than an agenda, should be the goal of a free press." -Helen Thomas
— Ann Curry (@AnnCurry) July 20, 2013
Helen Thomas was a model worth imitating, largely because she didn't believe in heroes.
— Sarah Jaffe (@sarahljaffe) July 20, 2013
The world (& especially Washington) would be a better place if more journalists were as tenacious as Helen Thomas was. RIP
— Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) July 20, 2013
I have heard Helen Thomas's voice in my head on every big story I've ever chased. "Report the facts." She broke every glass ceiling too.
— James Gordon Meek (@meekwire) July 20, 2013
'Asked by an interviewer...if she had any comments about Israel, Thomas responded, "Get the hell out of Palestine."' RIP Helen Thomas
— Gregory the Gruesome (@leducviolet) July 20, 2013
The thing I'll always remember most about Helen Thomas is that she hated Jews.
— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) July 20, 2013
Thank you, Helen Thomas.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 20, 2013
My favorite part of Helen Thomas was the sense of annoyance you got from other WH reporters that she was, you know, asking questions
— Horse_eBOOks (@dankmtl) July 20, 2013
Thomas Jefferson, watch out. Helen Thomas is on her way to interview you about that whole slave thing.
— David Lubar (@davidlubar) July 20, 2013