Helen Thomas, a member of the White House press corps since the Kennedy administration, will be in town on Thursday to promote her new book, Watchdogs of Democracy? : The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public. She’ll be a guest of Writers’ League of Texas at the Austin Marriot (701 E. 11th) at 7pm. Admission is a $5 suggested donation to the Writers’ League.

Thomas was recently on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart promoting the book and was featured in a short skit as part of Stephen Colbert’s roast of G.W. Bush earlier this year at the White House Correspondents dinner (that starts at the 16:50 mark of the video). She’s been a thorn the side of many White House press secretaries and recently drove Tony Snow to make a few exasperatedly stupid comments. The Statesman had a short interview with her in Sunday’s paper.

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