Goodbye, and Good Riddance, Helen Thomas

by Sal on June 7, 2010

in Israel,Media,Media Bias,Politics

Helen Thomas retired today, leaving behind a 50+ year career in the White House Press Corps in disgrace.  Her retirement comes after remarks made last week in which she said that the Jews should all get out of Israel and go back to Poland and Germany.  For most Conservatives, Helen’s statement last week did not come as much of a shock.  Her frequent anti-Semitic questions and unabashed liberalism have been evident for years to anyone who bothered to pay attention, and was most famously called out by the late Bush Press Secretary Tony Snow, in which after a particularly biased question, he thanked her for the Hezbollah view.

Thomas’ retirement is long overdue and something that should have happened years ago.  The fact that it didn’t is a symptom of a much larger disease.  While the state-run press is quick to denounce anyone else’s bigotry or perceived bigotry (especially on the right) it was quick to gloss over Thomas’ blatant antisemitism.  The state-run media is much more tolerant of bigotry within its own ranks than among the rest of the population, and is far more tolerant of antisemitism than any other form of bigotry.  Helen Thomas’ remarks last week, and her subsequent retirement this week validate what Conservatives have been saying for years and expose the underlying bias that exists in the state-run media generally, and in the White House Press Corps in particular.

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Mike June 7, 2010 at 1:13 pm

This story would make a fantastic oompa loompa song.

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iloveamerica1980 June 7, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Why is it so bad she has a opinion?
She not a lawmaker and there is no law saying everybody have to like jews.
I’m not prejudice but there are people I don’t like maybe she has preferences too.

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Danni O'Brien June 7, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Really? So if she doesn’t like blacks or Mexicans, it’s okay for her to say so in the since it’s “just her preference”? Pretend Sarah Palin had said it. Wow, it would be front page news. The hypocracy of the left is unbelievable…..but not surprising.

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Aleena June 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm

She was supposed to be a journalist. A journalist is supposed to report what happens-not have preferences. What she said was simple bigotry and has no place in journalism or any other part of this world.

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Ryan June 7, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Ultimately, Helen Thomas became a kind of quaint fixture in the front row of the press room. Like your cagey old grandma who says inappropriate things or rants a little too loud, Thomas was allowed to continue her behavior in plain view long after it was funny. There comes a time when grandma isn’t funny anymore and is starting to make the guests feel uncomfortable… especially those who agree with her in this case.

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Joel June 11, 2010 at 3:55 pm

‘The state-run media is much more tolerant of bigotry within its own ranks than among the rest of the population, and is far more tolerant of antisemitism than any other form of bigotry. ”

We don’t have a “state-run” media in this country, so you’re spewing nonsense. Anyway, the fact that she has suffered for her comments demonstrates that anti-semitism isn’t tolerated, contrary to your claim. However, the question arises whether her comments were actually anti-semitic at all. Does any criticism of Israeli policies automatically constitute bigotry? Does Israel automatically get a free pass? Apparently they do in the right-wing media. The political right has no problem hating Arabs , but say anything about Israel and your career is over.
Well, at least we know who STILLS controls the press in America.

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