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Helen Thomas Deserves A Break! (Updated and Updated again)

I just read a story about unfortunate remarks by Helen Thomas, the White House reporter who has been covering the white house since the Eisenhower administration.  They have gotten her in deep shit with the Jewish community. I’m not going to post the clip here, because I love Helen and don’t really want to “pile on” by spreading her screw up even further. I think she was expressing her anger towards a brutal Israeli government that continues to kill innocent men, women and CHILDREN. Ever heard of cluster bombs? She has issued an apology for her remarks which is here. I had the honor to meet Helen a few years back, the university I work at brought her in to speak. Her niece is a local news anchor. I’ve also exchanged emails with her since then and she is a very kind, generous woman who also isn’t afraid to speak her mind to power. She is the only reporter who held George W. Bush’s feet to the fire. The ONLY one.

Ari Fleischer is calling for her to be fired for her remarks, which of course is an overreaction. Considering Helen has been doing this since 1943, if this is the worst screw up she’s had, I think we can cut her some slack. What she said about Jews going home and occupying are akin to racists in America telling African Americans to go home, she screwed up. The history of that land and who owns it is a long one and it’s not so cut and dry. I’m often reminded of America’s own claims of ownership on this land, in my opinion Native Americans are the original owners of this land but we all know that they don’t exactly have control of it now, do they?

She’s apologized and it’s time to move on. Helen Thomas is an icon and a much needed voice in the white house briefing room, even if you don’t always agree with her. We need her to ask the questions no one else will ask, the ones that aren’t about some freakin’ poll but the issues that are important to the American people.

(Update: CNN is reporting that Helen Thomas is retiring. Thanks Helen for all you’ve done for America over the years, you will be missed)

(Updated Again: Crooks and Liars has a post about it with details on the hate from the right and the Jewish community)

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June 6, 2010 - Posted by | Media, MSM |

5 Comments »

  1. Right, and the Palestinians are completely innocent when then send in mortar and missile strikes while they are using schools, hospitals and innocent families as shields.

    Comment by thoth | June 6, 2010 | Reply

  2. Sir,
    Your analogy comparing Helen Thomas’ statement to racists telling African Americans to leave is incorrect. African Americans came to North America as slaves and were brutally oppressed for 200 years. Jews came to Palestine of their free will and subsequently are brutally oppressing the native Palestinian population. that distinction is critical. Helen Thomas, in her frustration, called on Jews to leave Palestine not because they are Jewish, but because they are oppressors.
    -k.

    Comment by Koozer | June 6, 2010 | Reply

    • I wasn’t making a full blown analogy of the two situations, that would be silly. I was simply saying the “go home” comment that I remember hearing from racists when I was growing up was similar to what Helen said. I don’t here it that much anymore, which is a good thing.

      Comment by ExtremeLiberal | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  3. Ah, the two wrongs make a right justification. I don’t condone the Palastinian violence either, none of it is good. But the Israels have the upper hand in the situation, it’s called the US. Until they both stop the violence, they are each going to justify it by saying the other side is doing it, so why can’t I. It’s all so juvenile.

    This was in response to comment 1, not comment 2.

    Comment by ExtremeLiberal | June 6, 2010 | Reply

  4. Whatever one thinks of her comments, Helen Thomas never interjected her personal views into her journalism. She was one of the great great journalists of her generation.

    http://www.nieman.harvard.edu/reportsitem.aspx?id=100453

    Comment by michael thomas | November 5, 2010 | Reply


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