Good Riddance! – Helen Thomas ‘retires’

Posted On June 8 , 2010
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Washington (CNN) — Longtime White House reporter Helen Thomas has retired effective immediately, Hearst Corporation said Monday.

The media conglomerate had employed Thomas as a syndicated columnist for its newspaper chain. Her retirement comes amid a furor created last week by her controversial comments regarding Jewish people.

Thomas, 89, was considered the dean of the White House press corps, as she was the longest-serving White House journalist. She has been reporting on administrations since 1960, when she began covering then-President-elect John F. Kennedy and his family.

Thomas, had come under fire late last week when a YouTube video surfaced showing her saying that Israel should “get the hell out of Palestine,” and that the Jewish people should go home to “Poland, Germany … and America and everywhere else.”

In a posting on her website Friday, Thomas apologized for her remarks. “They do not reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon,” she wrote.

But the apology was not enough to silence critics, who began a rising chorus of calls for Thomas either to be terminated or suspended by Hearst.

Just prior to Hearst’s announcement, the board of the White House Correspondents Association released a statement condemning Thomas’ remarks. The group of White House reporters, which includes CNN’s Ed Henry, called Thomas’ remarks “indefensible.”

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A still shot from the video that did her in

Comments (3)

  1. Trudye says:

    To Jose’s point we need someone to ask the tough questions. I also agree with Justin, what the Israeli’s are doing to the Palestinian’s has been like an elephant in the room. No one else wanted to state the obvious. They are all afraid of exactly what happened to Helen Thomas. We all see it, we know it’s there but anyone who acknowledges the elephant is severely punished.
    You can make all the justifications you want (the British gave it to them, the scripture decreed it) but the Israeli’s are Occupiers. When someone asks you leave their house you don’t proceed to enslave them, condemn them to an isolated area, commit genocide against them and then complain when they fight back.
    I believe Helen felt that after 60 years she had earned the right to point and acknowledge the elephant. She was right.

  2. Cat says:

    Good riddance! She deserves the shame and ignominy that marks the end of her too-long career. Now if only we can get rid of more leftwing “journalists”.

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