Between about 1920 and the year 2000, Helen Thomas was a White House correspondent for United Press. When the Moonie Church bought what was left of that fabled wire service a decade ago, it ended UPI's long sad decline. And Helen Thomas quit, which was more symbolic than anything because it had been years since her White House gossip/anecdote column had been carried by daily newspapers. But, much was always made of her historic role as the first lady to serve as a news organization's official presidential press-conference attendee. Even though WH correspondents are literally secretaries -- a job women did without controversy long before "gender equality" -- it was a very big deal that Helen Thomas got to politely say thank you to the president after everybody took down his dictation. But her post-UPI notoriety was for barking lectures at George W. Bush's myriad spokespeople, which was occassionaly entertaining, but now she's in big trouble for telling a Rabbi, on videotape, that Israel's entire population of Jews should "go home [to] Poland, Germany," which the Jews really did try this one time, and it ended poorly.