Helen Thomas’s front-row seat in the White House press room was conspicuously vacant this morning following the publicity surrounding her vile anti-Jewish remarks. She has now retired—before she could be unceremoniously tossed out on her ear.
She’s been bashed enough, and rightly so, for her diatribe. I won’t join that chorus. The question now is who will fill that seat? I would like to suggest a qualified candidate.
John Gizzi, the White House correspondent for Human Events. Gizzi has the chops to fill that seat and a history in journalism that proves he has paid his dues. I met him just over a year ago while interning at Human Events through the National Journalism Center. I had an office 15 feet down the hall from Gizzi and did some transcribing and research for him.
He’s a class act with an encyclopedic memory of people, politics and events. I can honestly say I have rarely met a man like him. Few are more qualified for that vacant seat and he is a true journalist in every sense of the word, not a columnist nor a hack.
The current administration could benefit from moving a conservative journalist up to the front row. President Obama and his cohorts will still face criticism, but it will be well stated, backed by facts and honestly held convictions—not by the trends and shifting eddies of politics and polls.
If you agree, let the White House and the White House Correspondents Association know. Let’s see some real change we can believe in.