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The Helicopter Question

News Item: Journalist Sam Donaldson to Retire

This item caught my eye. At 74 Sam Donaldson is retiring from full-time journalistic work at ABC. He'll still be around from time to time though, doing his intellectual blow-hard routine. Donaldson was a trailblazer. In the 80s, covering the Ronald Reagan Whitehouse Donaldson was the first reporter to use the "helicopter question". Until then when a President left the Whitehouse via a helicopter it was a photo-op. Donaldson changed all that by shouting questions at Reagan as he boarded the aircraft. This changed journalism forever, leading to a more agressive approach by reporters in getting their questions across to politicians. You might say that after Donaldson this practice took flight.


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