by Melissa Clouthier | June 7, 2010 1:43 pm
Helen Thomas announced Monday that “she is retiring, effective immediately,” according to a statement from Hearst newspapers.
Her decision comes after her controversial remarks about Israel hit the blogosphere. She later apologized for her comments, saying she “deeply regretted” making them.
White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) President Ed Chen criticized her in a statement Monday.
“Helen Thomas’ comments were indefensible and the White House Correspondents Association board firmly dissociates itself from them. Many in our profession who have known Helen for years were saddened by the comments, which were especially unfortunate in light of her role as a trail blazer on the White House beat,” he said.
As I said before, someone needed to take away Crazy Auntie’s keys. It’s been a long time coming. The only time she was mildly interesting was when she was squawking at Gibbs and his closed administration.
As Jonah Goldberg notes, this woman has been vile for a very long time:
And when I say a nasty piece of work, I don’t simply mean her opinions on Israel. She’s been full-spectrum awful. I’ve known a few people who knew her 40 years ago, and she was slimy then too. One small example can be found in James Rosen’s excellent book on John Mitchell, The Strong Man. Mitchell’s wife Martha was a mentally unstable alcoholic who would call reporters to vent sad, paranoid, fact-free theories and diatribes. At first, many reporters were eager to hear her out, but over time it became obvious that Martha Mitchell was not well and it was cruel to exploit her. Obvious, that is, to nearly everyone but Helen Thomas who continued to milk Martha Mitchell for damning quotes and nonsense.
Also, let’s just get the liberal bias thing out of the way. If there was a right-winger who’d spouted so much bile, hate, and ideological agenda-driven nonsense in the White House briefing room for half a century it would be . . . oh wait, no such person would have ever been allowed to become a Washington “institution” in the first place. According to the media graybeards, it’s always been a sign of seriousness and unwavering truth-seeking for reporters to attack from the left (c.f. Dan Rather, Daniel Schorr, et al.).
A reader of Jonah’s rightly calls him out on being cavalier about Thomas’ nastiness. This is evil and should be named such.
One thing beltway types are missing is the implication of Helen Thomas’ in DC. You see, many Americans view liberals as Israel and Jew-hating people. They see them as bigots who are never called out–when they themselves would be condemned (rightly) for saying something so abhorrent.
And we have a President who doesn’t seem to like Israel at all. So do the press types and administration keep her around because she’ll say what they can’t? People wonder that. Beltway types don’t think in those terms.
So yes. Helen Thomas needs to go somewhere else and spit her evil bile. She does not deserve an international platform for her filth. Let that happen at the UN …
As an aside, this outrage serves as a warning to the administration molly-coddling terrorists and talking moral equivalence as Israel fights for her existence. Americans remember family members fighting and dying so the Jews could be liberated. This is not theoretical. And Americans get that they’re lumped in with Israel. They don’t mind. They are not so far down the equivalence road as the smarty-pants set in the DC-NY corridor.
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