Helen Thomas Lets The Mask Slip
December 03, 2010
When Helen Thomas said that Israel's Jews should just GTFO and return to Germany and Poland, I suggested her comments were not anti-Semitic per se but merely very blunt anti-Zionism. But her latest comments suggests that, no, she really has a problem with Jews: Thomas, who grew up in Detroit the daughter of Lebanese immigrants, was in Dearborn today for an Arab Detroit workshop on anti-Arab bias. ... In a speech that drew a standing ovation, Thomas talked about "the whole question of money involved in politics." "We are owned by propagandists against the Arabs.
The Rule of Three
July 08, 2010
[Guest post by Michelle Cottle] First Helen Thomas shot herself in the foot with her ramblings about the Middle East. Then Dave Weigel was ousted from the WaPo when his ungenerous, off-the-record emails about right-wingers became public. Now CNN has canned 20-year veteran Octavia Nasr for a Hezbollah-themed tweet deemed overly generous. By the laws of USA Today, three cases make a trend (and I'm sure there are others I've missed). We could sit here all day and debate the relative gravity of each journalist's sins and/or stupidity.
Helen Thomas is not alone in her belief that the Jews should leave Israel and “go home,” as this dispatch from MEMRI demonstrates: Special Dispatch|3052| June 23, 2010, MEMRI Yasser Qashlaq, a Lebanese Flotilla Organizer, on Hizbullah's Al-Manar TV: I Hope Our Ships Will 'Carry These Dregs of European Garbage Back to Their Own Countries' From Israel Following are excerpts from an interview with Palestinian-Lebanese journalist and head of Free Palestine Movement Yasser Qashlaq; the interview aired on Al-Manar TV on June 18, 2010. According to Egypt's Al-Ahram Weekly, Qashlaq is "the main don
June 19, 2010
The lady has been an old crone for more than half a century. So it was inevitable that some people in the profession would feel sympathy for Helen Thomas, even in her wicked quintessence. And not only merciful to her person but concerned for her lost job. Yes, Hearst pushed her, but Thomas, intuitively sensing that she would no longer be deferred to by the president or the press corps, went gently. Her wacky game was up. But this is not comedy. And Thomas’s answer to a random question—from a rabbi, it is true—about her current thoughts on Israel were deadly serious.
Helen Thomas Revisionism
June 08, 2010
Now that Helen Thomas has retired, the inevitable nostalgia has followed. Dana Milbank, while condemning her comments on Israel, lauds her as a needed voice of journalistic skepticism: Yet the White House press corps will be diminished without Helen front and center, and not only because she was in that job before the current president was born. She brought a ferocity to her questioning that has eluded too many in subsequent generations.
Helen Thomas And The Rights Of Abhorrent Speech
June 07, 2010
A few years ago, I wrote about the absurdity of Helen Thomas's image as a paragon of journalistic integrity and the toughest member of the White House press corps. She made her name by being willing to endure the tedium of the stenographic role of the White House press far longer than any sentient reporter could bear.
Everything Is Watergate
April 05, 2010
...when you're Helen Thomas: “We certainly haven’t had any news conferences in a long time, which reminds me of Watergate in the sense of a long time of not having press conferences.” "Not having press conferences" was pretty much the heart of the Watergate scandal, wasn't it?
Helen Thomas's Twofer
February 10, 2009
Did anyone else notice the oddness of Helen Thomas's two-part question for Obama last night: Mr. President, do you think that Pakistan and -- are maintaining the safe havens in Afghanistan for these so-called terrorists? And, also, do you know of any country in the Middle East that has nuclear weapons? I don't think you need to be a with-us-or-against-us type to recognize that the people hiding out in the safe havens in Afghanistan and Pakistan--namely, members of al Qaeda including, presumably, Osama Bin Laden--are in fact terrorists.
March 26, 2007
In this month's Vanity Fair, Helen Thomas answers the magazine's "Proust Questionnaire" feature (no link available). "Who are your heroes in real life?" the magazine asks. First on her list: Ramsey Clark. This is the Ramsey Clark who was on the Committee to Defend Slobodan Milosevic, who defended the PLO murderers of Leon Klinghoffer and who defended the Butcher of Baghdad. If you think I may exaggerating this man's nefarious career of representing terrorists and genocidal dictators, read The Nation's Ian Williams in Salon. Everyone knows Thomas is cranky.
August 07, 2006
Last April, when comedian Stephen Colbert appeared before the White House Correspondents' Association dinner and memorably lacerated the assembled reporters for having spent much of the last five years as lazy courtiers for the Bush administration, h