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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