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During a brief segment on her MSNBC show on Saturday, Melissa Harris-Perry and reporter Kristen Welker paid tribute to longtime White House journalist Helen Thomas, who passed away at the age 92. Thomas began covering the White House in 1961 when John F. Kennedy was president and served until her retirement in 2010. Before her retirement, she came under fire after a YouTube video surfaced of her saying Israel should leave Palestine.

"I do want to just mention the news that veteran journalist and longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas has passed away at the age of 92. For so many years, she was a staple there in the front row of the White House briefing room, where this historic thing occurred yesterday," Melissa Harris-Perry said referring to President Barack Obama's comments on George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

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