The Emmy award-winner's latest film profiles a woman whose voice is, ironically, one of presidential journalism's most vocal.
Thank You Mr. President chronicles former United Press International Washington Bureau Chief Helen Thomas' breaking into The Gridiron Club. The organization was founded in 1865 and is the oldest and most exclusive group of inner-circle journalists covering American politics.
Until Thomas, women were forbidden from joining. President Kennedy saw to end that for Thomas and now the president's niece is documenting the famed journalist's 60-year career with her August 18 film on HBO.
Kennedy is the creative force behind the award-winning Ghosts of Abu Ghraib. Now, Kennedy has turned her lens on the woman known for asking the toughest questions at the White House for nine presidents. It's hard not to notice her absence from the Bush White House press room. After asking the current president about his actions leading to the Iraq war, the 60-year veteran was slowly pushed out the door.
Kennedy's film airs Monday at 10 p.m. and delves into American history chronicled through the pen of one of America's great reporters, Helen Thomas.
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