Helen Thomas, pioneering White House journalist, dies at 92
Famed White House journalist Helen Thomas has died at the age of 92.
The Gridiron Club and Foundation, a journalistic organization in Washington, D.C., confirmed Thomas' passing to NBC News on Saturday.
Thomas died on Saturday morning at her Washington apartment after a long illness, the club said in a statement. A former president of the Gridiron Club, Thomas broke a long line of all-male leadership when she was chosen for the position in 1993.
The journalist who scored a front-row seat at White House press briefings after years of reporting for wire services had been in and out of the hospital recently, a friend, Muriel Dobbin, told the Associated Press. The daughter of Lebanese immigrants, Thomas had grown up in Detroit before moving to Washington, D.C., where she broke several barriers for female correspondents.
￼Known for her persistent style of questioning, Thomas was most recognized for her work with United Press International, and covered nine presidents over her long career. She started as a copy girl at the Washington Daily News, moving to what was then called the United Press in 1943.
scoreの動詞には「得点をあげる」だけではなく、「刻む」という原義から「成功する」「ものにする」、「作曲する」、果てはここでは書きにくい俗語的な用法もあります。いずれも、簡単にできるのではなく「時間をかけて、ときにはがんばって）利益、成功などを得る」というニュアンスがあります（cf. score an advantage）。ここは"to gain or have the advantage"の意味でWHのブリーフィングの際に大統領に一番近い席を与えられるという「特権を得る」という意味合いで用いられています。