Journalist Thomas star of TV special

Aug. 16, 2008 at 12:13 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The long and noted career of White House correspondent Helen Thomas will be presented in a new U.S. TV special, filmmaker Rory Kennedy says.

Kennedy said the story of Thomas's life told in the upcoming HBO special "Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House" shows how the 88-year-old overcame early adversities on her way to questioning U.S. presidents, The Washington Post reported in its Sunday edition.

"Her parents couldn't read or write, and here is this woman who moved to Washington, where she didn't know anybody, and made a life for herself," Kennedy said.

The 38-minute documentary, which airs Monday on the cable network, also shows Thomas' determination to learn the truth even when questioning heads of state, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said.

"I think presidents deserve to be questioned, maybe irreverently, most of the time," the former United Press International correspondent said of such media dealings. "Bring them down to size."

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Topics: Helen Thomas
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Kelly Clarkson, Ed Sheeran, Flo Rida to perform during Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
Kourtney Kardashian's beau Scott Disick seen partying in Monte Carlo
Watch Kate Hudson sing 'The Star-Spangled Banner' for the 4th of July
Christopher Reeve's daughter gives birth to a son, names him Christopher
Pia Zadora and Cloris Leachman to trade lives for a week on 'Wife Swap'