and Katherine! Jean! Lopez! thinks Dana Perino is underpaid, based on this exchange with Helen Thomas. No. Really.
Helen Thomas: Why should we depend on him?
MS. PERINO: Because he is the commander on the ground, Helen. He's the one who is making sure that the situation is moving —
HT: You mean how many more people we kill?
MS. PERINO: Helen, I find it really unfortunate that you use your front row position, bestowed upon you by your colleagues, to make such statements. This is a — it is an honor and a privilege to be in the briefing room, and to suggest that we, at the United States, are killing innocent people is just absurd and very offensive.
Let that sink in, folks.
That Helen Thomas.
Is shitting on her privileged front seat in the WH briefing room.
That we have killed innocent peoople in Iraq.
And Helen's response? Does she bend over and apologize like a good little Washington Press Corps? My sense is Helen didn't draw breath before asking the followup.
HT: Do you know how many [Iraqi civilians] we have [killed] since the start of this war?
HELEN! YOU PRIVILEGED BEYOTCH! HOW DARE YOU!
MS. PERINO: How many — we are going after the enemy, Helen. To the extent that any innocent Iraqis have been killed, we have expressed regret for it.
HT: Oh, regret. It doesn't bring back a life.
MS. PERINO: Helen, we are in a war zone, and our military works extremely hard to make sure that everyone has the opportunity for liberty and freedom and democracy, and that is exactly what they are doing. I'm going to move on.
Dana honey, I retract. You're very effective at that sweet spot where your "brain" clicks over to "barf out feel-good America words and run away" mode. You've moved on so quickly that no one in that stifling room has the energy to remind you that dead people have no opportunity for liberty and freedom and democracy.
Speaking of which, the "country of Europe" hates us. Primarily because of you. I'm going to move on.