Shunning Helen Thomas

Shunning Helen Thomas

Thomas Lifson

Helen Thomas, who has covered the White House for over fifty years, is in the process of being shunned from polite society for her horrifying comments, caught on tape, that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” – going to Poland or Germany.  Her long time agent, Nine Speaker, Inc. has declined to represent her in the future. Haaretz reports:

“It is with a heavy heart that Nine Speakers Inc. announces its resignation as the agent for Helen Thomas, Dean of the White House Press Corps,” wrote Diane Nine, agency president.
“Ms. Thomas has had an esteemed career as a journalist, and she has been a trailblazer for women, helping others in her profession, and beyond. However, in light of recent events, Nine Speakers is no longer able to represent Ms. Thomas, nor can we condone her comments on the Middle East,” wrote Nine.
We shall soon see if the term “polite society” extends to the White House press corps and Hearst.
Update (hat tip: NRO):
Thomas has been disinvited from giving a high school commencement address. Via the Washington Post:
Journalist Helen Thomas was scheduled to be the graduation speaker at Walt Whitman High School later this month – until Sunday, when she was disinvited after comments that she made about Israel and Palestine made many in the community uncomfortable, Montgomery Board of Education President Patricia O’Neill said Sunday.
“We became aware that there are some unfortunate comments from her that are airing on YouTube,” O’Neill said. O’Neill said that especially given the large Jewish population at Whitman, the school was not comfortable with having Thomas speak at the graduation on June 14.
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Helen Thomas Should Go Back to Mordor or the Star Wars Cantina and Get Out of Reporting

Helen Thomas Should Go Back to Mordor or the Star Wars Cantina and Get Out of Reporting

By Doug Powers  •  June 4, 2010 04:13 PM

**Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers

And yet, there she’ll be in the front row of the next White House press conference:

White House press corps dean Helen Thomas — on the day that the White House hosted a Jewish Heritage Celebration, no less — said that Jews who live in Israel should “get the hell out of Palestine” and go “home.”

When asked where home was for Israeli Jews, Thomas offered “Poland, Germany… and America and everywhere else” that the founding generation of the State of Israel originally hailed.

Just think what she’d say if she wasn’t clinging to her unbiased journalistic instincts.

Click play if you dare — just looking at the still can haunt your dreams:

Hate video

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7X3ktE-6-uA

Update: Thomas issues a statement of regret for what she said.

From Allahpundit:

I’m satisfied. Who among us hasn’t innocently stumbled into a statement of support for ethnic cleansing when we didn’t really mean it?

Well…

Helen Thomas has become one of those octogenarian dinner guests soiling themselves at the table in ever increasing amounts who nobody has the guts to lock in the bathroom.

**Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers

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