A Bad Week for Old-Time Washington Journos

Time's legendary White House correspondent, Hugh Sidey, who covered every president from Eisenhower to Clinton, and who continued to occasionally contribute to the magazine, died yesterday in Paris. And Ben A. Franklin, a 30-year New York Times vet who retired from the paper in 1989, died Saturday at his home in Maryland.

These things, as we all know, tend to come in threes, so we're just saying: Please, Helen Thomas, be careful out there. Someone's got to try to keep Scott McClellan honest.

Remembrance: High Sidey: 1927-2005 [Time]
Ben A. Franklin, 78, Reporter for The Times, Dies [NYT]