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In the world of political journalism, it’s the end of an era: Helen Thomas has retired just months shy of her 90th birthday.
The longtime White House journalist has covered every president since Dwight Eisenhower and broke several barriers for female journalists but stepped down from her latest role — a columnist for Hearst Newspapers — in the wake of controversial remarks made in late May about the need for Jews to “get the hell out of Palestine” and return to Poland and Germany.
“Helen Thomas announced Monday that she is retiring, effective immediately,” read a statement from Hearst Newspapers on Monday. “Her decision came after her controversial comments about Israel and the Palestinians were captured on videotape and widely disseminated on the Internet.”
Thomas said in a statement that, “I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. 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. May that day come soon.’’
The decision to retire came as Thomas faced rebuke from nearly every corner after video of her remarks during an interview with RabbiLive.com’s Rabbi David Nesenoff emerged online late last week. LINK
I think it’s funny when liberals fall victim to their own insanity. In America all people, even senile old journalists should be able to spout their opinions without fear of retribution. Sadly in today’s politically correct climate that is no longer the case. Thanks to liberal groupthink and the cult of victimhood people now suffer retaliation for voicing their opinions. God forbid someone gets offended by someone elses opinion.
Helen Thomas is a rare bird. As a anti-Israel liberal she fell victim to her own opinions. That is truly a shame. Although what she said was unfortunate and bigoted and just plain stupid, she should still have been allowed to say it without fear of retribution. The old saying about “First they came for…” illustrates that even idiots on the left aren’t safe from their own fascist policies. In any event I won’t lose sleep over Helen Thomas not being in the front row anymore. Good riddance!