Christiane Amanpour Schools Kyra Phillips Over Helen Thomas Comment (VIDEO)

09/03/2009 03:53 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Christiane Amanpour offered Kyra Phillips a history lesson when she questioned whether Helen Thomas could remain objective about President Obama after he surprised her with birthday cupcakes, a song, and a kiss Tuesday afternoon.

"How is she gonna cover the President objectively here, when he came out, sat next to her, gave her a smooch, cupcakes?" Phillips said.

"I'm gonna make a comment on what you said," Amanpour told Phillips. "I'm going to refer you all the way back to the Nixon administration when he came out in the press room and congratulated her on being named the first female dean of the White House press corps. And she had no problem continuing to be highly objective, and responded respectfully by asking him a very tough question on the ongoing Watergate affair. So I think Helen Thomas has definitely earned her stripes in the credibility department."


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