Saturday, December 1

Dana Perino finds her true calling...

Game Show Contestant for charity:

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.


Is offended.

That Helen Thomas.

Is shitting on her privileged front seat in the WH briefing room.

By suggesting.

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?


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.


  1. Anonymous8:41 AM

    The peroxide has indeed seeped into Perino's brain.

  2. sat night live writers couldn't make up stuff like that!


  3. I LOVE HELEN THOMAS and have had the opportunity to tell her so in person. She is an American treasure!


  4. Hi BG ...

    Please don't move on. Stay right there and keep reminding us of the hypocrisy of the administration.

    And, lo and behold, I saw my first Kucinich for President sign displayed yesterday ... just north of the Seattle city limits. I smiled and said to myself, "Damn straight"!

  5. 'Oh, regret. It doesn't bring back a life.'

    Why, it's just a comma, Helen...Don't you know?

  6. Paging Joseph Goebbels, Goebbels - paging Joseph Goebbels.

    This is so f-ing sick. Sick sick sick.

  7. The last press secretary to slap around Helen Thomas was Ari Fleischer. McClellan and Snow gave her a free ride.

  8. Another little tidbit in Perino's spiel which might strike one oddly, upon reflection:

    Regarding the American people, 'They elected a Commander-In-Chief...'.

    Oh, that settles it, then.

  9. smart bombs don't kill innocent people..... special microchips

  10. I am incensed!! Outraged, I tell you! Imagine Dana Perino trying to channel Kellie Pickler.

  11. Ok so Perino is stupid and we all knew that. I knew that Pickler may not be the brightest bulb in the pack, but damn!! That does not help the stereotype that just cause you have a southern accent you are stupid. It does my NC heart proud to know our education system has helped Kelly Pickler not know that there are countries in Europe, note the sarcasm. She is from a small town in NC close to where I used to live.

  12. "MS. PERINO: Helen, I find it really unfortunate..."

    "I, with my vast lack of journalistic experience and unimpressive if nonexistent credibility, find that it is my place to castigate you, whose pencil-shavings I am unworthy to lick..."

  13. Anonymous8:02 PM

    And Helen demonstrates once again why SHE is the babe, not Dana.

  14. "And, lo and behold, I saw my first Kucinich for President sign displayed yesterday"

    Was it right next to a Ron Paul for Vice President sign?
    But digressing back to the point, the feigned outrage of Republican message-massagers whenever the rabble dares to question their benevolent overlords never ceases to amaze me. And by "amaze" I mean "nauseate."

  15. Anonymous10:10 PM

    How easily concepts we've considered rights have now become privileges.

    And those privileges are doled out in stingy fashion to those who agree with the Administration or who reap the riches created by it.

  16. the ice princess commands -- and we her minions (who should be thankful she allows her into her presence) need to follow

    move on little doggies.....

    i cant wait until dana moves on...

  17. More background on Perino..... quintessential Repbublican operative

    Helen Thomas incident
    This guy nailed it: 

    "There is simply no question that the US are killing innocent people in Iraq, so I don't know why Perino finds that observation "absurd and very offensive". After all Thomas did not imply that the killing was deliberate, she simply noted that it happens. But I found it really interesting to note that Perino chose to remind Thomas that "it is an honor and a privilege to be in the briefing room".

    That's how Perino sees the press attempting to hold them to account. As an "honor and a privilege". Not as a right. Because, of course, honours and privileges can be withdrawn."

    Osterly Times

    ...... represents a rightist meme that is propagated by one of the most interesting virtual propaganda networks ever created..... masquerading as the Free Press. While the President's Press Secretary can be expected to state the Administration's position, the White House Press secretary position has become nothing more than a node in a meme machine for this Republican administration and the Republican Party.

    While subtle, the militarist and corporatist language should be identifiable as a drift toward classic fascism. The emphasis on Party Loyalty, and obsession with controlling the Free Press are hallmarks of Communism, Fascism, and Modern Republicanism.

  18. And the most awesome thing about Helen Thomas is that while presidents (and their idiots, like Dana Perino) come and go, she will still be in the briefing room, asking the tough questions.

    Helen Thomas for President!

  19. Saint Helen, I respect you, Adore you, Cherish you.

    Dana Perino, go fuck yourself.

    Crassly put I'm sure, but from the heart.

  20. Thees exchange ees slightly revealing, eef een a depressing manner.

    The quote has Helen saying:
    "You mean how many more people we kill?"

    But Perino responds:
    "and to suggest that we, at the United States, are killing innocent people is just absurd and very offensive."

    Thomas said nothing about innocent people, Perino's mind just jumped up and filled in that part.



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