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Perino: “The First Press Secretary To Cut Helen Thomas No Slack”

From Jon Ward’s profile of Dana Perino:

    Witness her recent exchange with Helen Thomas, who has covered every presidency since she followed the Kennedy campaign to Washington. When Miss Thomas, 86, kept firing questions at Mrs. Perino, 34, the presidential spokeswoman cut her off.

    “Do you want me to answer the question, Helen, or do you want to ask questions? It’s really hard to concentrate here. What’s your question?” Mrs. Perino demanded.

    Miss Thomas replied, “You repeat yourself so much that. …”

    “So do you,” Mrs. Perino interrupted, then immediately called on another reporter.

    Mrs. Perino is “the first press secretary to cut Helen Thomas no slack,” said Ann Compton of ABC News, who has spent more than three decades as a White House correspondent.

    “The microphone has not overpowered [Mrs. Perino], even though she is a little tiny thing who needs to stand on a box just to see over the edge of the lectern,” Mrs. Compton said.

    Mrs. Perino said in an interview that she felt bad about the exchange.

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