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Helen Thomas quits!

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by wireguy, Jun 7, 2010.

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  1. wireguy

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    Helen Thomas to Retire 'Effective Immediately' Following Uproar Over 'Palestine' Comments

    Published June 07, 2010
    | FOXNews.com
    Hearst columnist Helen Thomas, the dean of the White House Press Corps, in the White House briefing room (Reuters)

    Veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas announced her retirement Monday following an uproar over comments she made last month about Jews in Israel.

    Hearst Corporation, which employed Thomas as a columnist, put out a brief story via Hearst News Service announcing the retirement "effective immediately."

    The announcement came after the White House Correspondents Association decried her remarks as "indefensible" and began to consider whether Thomas should continue to have the privilege of a front-row seat in the briefing room. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called her remarks "offensive and reprehensible" on Monday, as other former White House spokesmen called for Thomas to be fired.

    The announcement Monday marked an abrupt end to a career that has spanned decades. Thomas, known as the dean of the White House press corps, has covered every president since Dwight Eisenhower. Her 90th birthday is Aug. 4.

    The controversy escalated quickly over the weekend after the video surfaced online showing Thomas last month saying Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine," suggesting they go instead to Germany, Poland and the United States. The video, shot by New York Rabbi David Nesenoff, was posted on several prominent websites and prompted a swift apology from Thomas on Friday.

    "I deeply regret my comments," she said in the statement, claiming 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."

    The apology did not satisfy her critics.

    Lanny Davis, former special counsel to and White House spokesman for President Bill Clinton, said the apology "was not direct and didn't address the merits of her belief in the stereotype that Jews are aliens in Israel and don't belong there."

    Calling for Hearst to at least suspend her White House privileges, Davis said Thomas had revealed herself to be "an anti-Semitic bigot."

    Ari Fleischer, President George W. Bush's press secretary, said her comments amounted to a call for "religious cleansing." He told Fox News before the announcement that Thomas should lose her job over the comments.

    "This goes beyond all boundaries," Fleischer said. "When you advocate that people need to be separated on the basis of their religion ... this is hatred, this is bigotry, this is prejudice."

    Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said her comments were "outrageous" and urged her to make a "more forceful" apology.

    "Her suggestion that Israelis should go back to Poland and Germany is bigoted and shows a profound ignorance of history," he said in a written statement.

    The repercussions for the videotaped remarks built rapidly over the past three days. The speaking agency that represents Thomas dropped her over the weekend. Then a Washington-area high school canceled a graduation speech she was scheduled to deliver.

    Thomas came to write as a columnist for Hearst after working for decades as a correspondent for UPI. Dana Perino, White House press secretary during the George W. Bush administration, said earlier Monday that her comments should call her privileges in the briefing room into question.

    "Her comments were so offensive to so many, so personally hurtful, and they would not have been tolerated by anybody else," she said.

    Just minutes before Hearst announced Thomas' retirement, the White House Correspondents Association issued a statement saying the organization "firmly dissociates from (her remarks)."

    The statement noted that the WHCA has no authority over issuing credentials but would be reviewing whether she should keep her front-row seat at a meeting scheduled for Thursday.

    "The incident does revive the issue of whether it is appropriate for an opinion columnist to have a front row seat in the WH briefing room," the statement said. "We are actively seeking input from our association members on this important matter."

    Thomas' remarks were recorded near the White House on May 27 during a Jewish American Heritage Month celebration. Thomas, who is of Lebanese descent, said the Palestinian people "are occupied and it's their land" and that Israelis should "go home" to Poland, Germany, America "and everywhere else."

    Thomas has a long history of anti-Israel rhetoric at White House press briefings. Last week at a briefing with Gibbs that followed a flotilla raid by Israeli commandos, Thomas called the raid a "deliberate massacre" and "an international crime."

    "What is the sacrosanct, iron-clad relationship where a country that deliberately kills people and boycotts -- and we aid and abet the boycott?" she asked.

    Nesenoff told FoxNews.com on Monday that he was in Washington to cover the Heritage Month event for rabbilive.com. He said he had no intention of cornering Thomas at the time and was not thinking about her stance on Israel when he approached her.

    "It wasn't like I was singling her out," he said. Nesenoff said he was "shocked" at her response, saying it was so "relaxed" it was "like asking Arafat 'Gee what do you think of Jewish people?'"

    The rabbi said he plans to release another one-minute video clip showing the rest of the exchange with Thomas.
     
  2. spitter

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    Pushed out would be the better characterization... but in all fairness, we employ at-will in this country. However, this is just one more example where freedom of personal speech is not quite "free"...

    As a Jewish guy, I may not like her position, the particular words she spoke or the inference of her comments, but isn't it interesting that an industry which depends upon freedom of speech is some of the first to condemn her "words".

    IMO she has every right to express her personal opinion, even if my own position is skewed to opposite end of the spectrum!

    regards all,

    Jay
     
  3. Ahab

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    The sad part is that if she had said time for all the Arabs to get out ... these same people would be applauding her!
     
  4. bill1949

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    Who the hell cares what that old washed-up bag says anyway. Never was much to her to begin with...Bill
     
  5. stokinpls

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    This is the democrat/socialist version of a "resignation" they always demand.
     
  6. wireguy

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    The right to free speech is a very different thing than freedom from being held accountable for it. There is nothing in the constitution that says you are free from accountability for your words.
     
  7. alfermann66

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    Ditto, Wireguy.

    Buz
     
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    Tin Man - "I'd tap that!"



    (shudder)
     
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    Best characterization I read was that the man in charge of dropping houses should have waited until he could have got Helen and not just her sister.
     
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    She should be free to express her views as long as her employer agrees with her hatred of the Jews. If they don't they are free to fire her. I am sure she can get a job working for some left-wing hate group. She thinks the same as Obama Hussein but she had the guts, or stupidity, to say it openly. He still carried the majority of the Jewish vote since as a group they are quite liberal. Hard to believe when you consider the oppression of the Jews under socialism, from Hitler to Communist Russia.
     
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    She should of been removed from view many years ago, she was a typical Political assistant who asked questions to better their agendas ... I have no doubt she is a Lebanese being as UGLY as she is what guy would touch her, kind of the same thing with Ellen Degenerate ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  12. Fritzboy

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    How about a second opinion,You're ugly too
     
  13. porky

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    Fritzboy You're not only UGLY, but an A** too! Howzat!!
     
  14. W.P.T.

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    Its them Lebanese's that screws things up for guys who are looking to date a nice wholesome lady ... Why would one woman want to date another woman anyway, whats the advantage beside they can both do the dishes, cook, and do the laundry and house cleaning ..? That Helen Thomas who got fired is what they call Mother Ugly, thats a face only a Mother could love ... Ellen Degenerate should of been born a man instead of a Lebanese ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
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    Helen Thomas as a person should be free to voice her opinion on what ever topic. Helen Thomas as a reporter should keep her opinions private. To me, this one of the biggest problems we have with the media....THEIR OPINIONS...they should just stick to reporting the facts. We as readers should form our own opinions based on the facts presented.

    Some how all that got changed. Now we have talking heads on TV and movie actors that tell us how to think. A lot of the news is now just manufactured opinions...not news...just what this heywho happens to be thinking about.

    Frankly, why should Helen Thomas's opinion even be in the news? I think the real story may just be who wants her job? Or who do they want planted in her spot? She lost...so who won??
     
  16. WS-1

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    Well, I can tell you who didn't win...and that would be her husband! Oh, you mean she didn't have a husband?!?! You don't think she's one of those Lebanese Lesbians, do you?
     
  17. Bruce Specht

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    At 89 maybe, justmaybe she's not on top of her game and needs to relax
     
  18. halfmile

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    There was a time when Journalism was purported to be unbiased, and pride in objective reporting was the hallmark.

    I think I was about 12 years old then.

    HM
     
  19. bill1949

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    Did you say she was Lebanese or Pekingese? I hate to insult those poor little dogs, at least they are better looking than her!...Bill
     
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    Other than the hawk nose, the Wicked Witch of the West eyes, and that gawd awful red lipstick, she does kinda resemble a pekingese. Kit
     
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