Last week a story hit REDDIT about Helen Thomas, one of the only White House correspondents that asks hard questions of this administration, had a telling quote in the daily briefing with White House Spokeswoman Dana Perino:
HELEN THOMAS: The President has said publicly several times, in two consecutive news conferences a few months ago, and you have said over and over again, we do not torture. Now he has admitted that he did sign off on torture, he did know about it. So how do you reconcile this credibility gap?
MS. PERINO: Helen, you’re taking liberties with the what the President said. The United States has not, is not torturing any detainees in the global war on terror. And General Hayden, amongst others, have spoken on Capitol Hill fully in this regard, and it is — I’ll leave it where it is. The President is accurate in saying what he said.
Q That’s not my question. My question is, why did he state publicly, we do not torture –
MS. PERINO: Because we do not.
Q — when he really did know that we do?
MS. PERINO: No, that’s what I mean, Helen. We’ve talked about the legal authorities –
Q Are you saying that we did not?
MS. PERINO: I am saying we did not, yes.
Q How can you when you have photographs and everything else? I mean, how can you say that when he admits that he knew about it?
MS. PERINO: Helen, I think that you’re — again, I think you’re conflating some issues and you’re misconstruing what the President said.
Q I’m asking for the credibility of this country, not just this administration.
MS. PERINO: And what I’m telling you is we have — torture has not occurred. And you can go back through all the public record. Just make sure — I would just respectfully ask you not to misconstrue what the President said.
Q You’re denying, in this room, that we torture and we have tortured?
MS. PERINO: Yes, I am denying that.
Elaine, did you have one?
HELEN THOMAS (looking around the room at the other reporters) Where is everybody?
In the Video of it you don’t hear that last part but the transcript above says it all.
HELEN THOMAS: Where is everybody?
Well, the users over at REDDIT got together to get her some flowers to applaud her disgust with her fellow journalists. But not just ’some’ flowers…(from Reddit user MicahFitch):
the flower shop woman is very excited. she apparently majored in political science/history and goes to the same bar as Helen Thomas (and has spoken with her before/is a big fan!). as I am very overwhelmed, I told her to use her creative flowershop liberties, and she promised that we would get more than we bargained for!
there will be trickling deliveries to both her house and her office. at the house some plants will be delivered as well (on the suggestion of the flower shop lady) because they will last a long time! a single fruit basket/flower arrangement will be sent to the office and a corsage as well.
this order is to be $3000, leaving between $400 and $600 for either more flowers, some rolling fruit deliveries, or a weekly corsage (which I like best).
the reason this does not total to $4000 is that paypal charges about 10% in fees/donation. I plan on releasing a full record of the assets when this is over!
all in all I’m quite excited!
Not just some flowers…but a lot of fucking flowers, a symbol of the lavish passion we have that this administration, this corrupt government system and the complicit corporate media be HELD ACCOUNTABLE!
Helen Thomas is a hero to folks that have woke up and realize that out government, the press and the elites really are complicit in their corruption.
Thank you Helen Thomas. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you…