Helen Thomas in firestorm for remarks about Israel

Helen Thomas with President Obama

Legendary journalist Helen Thomas dared speak out about Israel last week and she’s paying for it.

Nine Speakers Inc., which represented Thomas on the lucrative public speaking circuit, announced Sunday that it no-longer represents the acid-tongued Thomas .

“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.,” Diane Nine, President of the agency, said in a statement. “Ms. Thomas has had an esteemed career as a journalist, and she has been a trailblazer for women, helping others in her profession, and behind. 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.”

Thomas last week said Israel should “get the hell out of Palestine” and go “home” which she said is Poland, Germany and America.

Thomas has since apologized for her comments but that hasn’t stopped a crescendo of anger from the pro-Israel community. Former White House spokesman Ari Fleisher called on Hearst News Service to fire Thomas as a columnist. Former Clinton advisor Lanny Davis called Thomas an “anti-Semitic bigot.”

The Associated Press reports:

A high school graduation speech by veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas has been canceled because of controversial remarks she made about Israel, the school’s principal said in an e-mail Sunday.

Thomas had been scheduled to speak at the June 14 graduation of Walt Whitman High School, but Principal Alan Goodwin wrote in the e-mail to students and parents that she was being replaced. The school in the Washington suburb of Bethesda, Md., hasn’t picked a new speaker.

“Graduation celebrations are not the venue for divisiveness,” Goodwin wrote.

Others want her Thomas’ White House press credentials revoked. Thomas currently has a reserved front row seat at all daily press briefings.

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11 Responses to "Helen Thomas in firestorm for remarks about Israel"

  1. paulb6  June 7, 2010 at 7:05 am

    His hugs are worth 1000 words, his people expressing hatred against a country only trying to protect their citizens.. And they said Bush was bad, he was however that being said this potus will make him look like a rank amateur in corruption and discrimination towards the citizenry !

  2. Klaus Hergeschimmer  June 7, 2010 at 10:32 am

    It’s too bad Thomas apologized. Jews are not the only people in the world that suffer but the Warsaw Ghetto policy of Israel against Gaza continues.

  3. Carl Nemo  June 7, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Maybe Sarah Silverman should run for the House or Senate and once seated could destabilize the Israeli bloc of influence with her inimitable style jew-bashing/baiting. Her show ran for some time, but I guess they’ve pulled the plug on her.

    I winced at her humor at times, but she’d surely be an irritant for the hypocrites that are ever so quick to accuse anyone and everyone who even darest criticize Israel as being ‘anti-semitic’. They’ve pulled this schtick off for so long now to get their way world wide that it’s no longer effective. They sound nowadays as children, kicking and screaming because they can’t have it their way all the time.

    Carl Nemo **==

    • keith  June 7, 2010 at 2:03 pm

      Agreed.

      Clearly, the Government of Israel has had it both ways for far too long. And you are correct, their “Schick” is now (finally!) beginning to wear very thin on the world’s stage.

      Their country was founded on both religion and race, and, to this day, anyone who isn’t Jewish need not apply for citizenship. Yet anyone else who calls such an approach to citizenship “apartheid” is immediately labeled as an “anti-Semite”…or worse.

      And, of course, whenever Israel’s actions are called into question, the Government of Israel keeps trotting out “The Holocaust”. It’s as if the racism and death heaped upon their kind 60+ years ago somehow justifies their doing the same to others today.

      I often wonder what our world would be like if we could just find a way to separate government from religion?

      • SteveK  June 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm

        Well said by someone who has never had to worry about their wife or children being blown up while riding a bus, or going to the market, or having fun in a night club. The idea of “Palestine” is a marketing ploy by Israel’s enemies. From the 1940s through the 1960s the conflict was tiny Israel against its multinational Arab neighbors. In the 1970s it became the minority Palestinians against the powerful state of Israel. This is akin to New Jersy versus the U.S. and Canada turning into New Jersy versus New Jersey residents with blue eyes. I believe the U.S. has used military force against military threats, as has England with the IRA, Russia with Chechan rebels, Germans with Bader Meinhoff, Italy with the Red Brigade, Spain with Basque separatists and the list goes on. All Israel wanted to do was make sure weapons weren’t being smuggled to its enemies who live within walking distance of its borders. I think even JFK, the liberal darling, ordered a blockade of Cuba for the same purpose.

  4. woody188  June 7, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    That’s the corporate media. Any journalist that dares to tell the truth will lose their job. Opportunistic propagandists are all that’s left in corporate media.

    Ari Fleisher should be in jail for treason for lying to the American public, not telling others who should be employed.

    Maybe if we are lucky, Helen will write a blog about her experience, because no one will publish anything she writes now or they will face the same Israeli media blacklist. When did we become slaves to Israel?

    Seems like since roughly 1913…

  5. Bogofree  June 8, 2010 at 8:40 am

    My guess is how one wishes to interpret the “go home” comment. Is this the same as telling a Black to “Go home to Africa” or a Hispanic “To swim back to Mexico?”

    As far as “Get the hell out of Palestine” that is just an opinion that is shared by many and rejected by others. Does she think the state of Israel should exist? Was the comment meant to be just the area not being settled or the entire area? I don’t know.

    Her next book will be very interesting.

  6. cnm  June 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    From the start, the creation of Israel was considered by many prominent people in government to be a very bad idea. And in the long run, they may have been right. The momentum is tilting against Israel, both politically and demographically. Indeed, the population shift from Jewish to Muslim within Israel itself may ultimately seal it’s fate.

  7. Jeffery Haas  June 8, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I think of this and I am reminded of an elderly person who has driven a car for decades with a spotless record. Then one day they’re pulling into the 7-11 and they hit the gas instead of the brake, destroy the store, kill the clerk and injure several customers.

    People who were close to Helen Thomas might have noticed that her faculties were getting a little dim, that she was slipping with a few inappropriate witticisms as of late, maybe blurting out this or that and arching a few eyebrows, but they might have thought “ay carumba that Helen she is just getting saucier as the years go by” and they never thought she had maybe gone past her sell by date in terms of dementia.

    Is Helen Thomas an anti-semite? Compared to what, and to who?
    Well, she’s of Lebanese descent so I don’t expect her to give Israel a break at least not the way a neocon devotee of FOX News would.

    But again, IS SHE an anti-semite?
    Well gosh, Pat Buchanan is an anti-semite, clearly and openly so.
    Put it this way, I do not equate a Helen Thomas with someone who reads STORMFRONT or who votes for David Duke.
    She might be a grumpy old Lebanese lady who grumbles about stuff Israel is doing but don’t you think there might be a whole lot of them running around?

    This remark killed Helen’s career and probably, it should.
    But the real tragedy is that it will most likely kill Helen Thomas, and probably, it really shouldn’t because her past record reflects everything that is right with a free press, and her passing means one more softball throwing sycophant gets to dilute our diligence and our perseverance just a little more.

    Helen hit the gas instead of the brake and hurt people, but I don’t think she aimed the car, revved the engine and said “this is for all those jew bastards” while stomping on the accelerator and letting out a rebel yell, middle finger jutting out the driver’s side window.

    Elsewhere on this site I already said that “my country, right or wrong, when right to be kept right and when wrong to be set right” applies to both America and Israel. I think Helen Thomas might agree.
    I think Helen believes that Israel has every right to exist, but perhaps she does not approve of everything they say and do, and with her marbles slipping away, she pushed the envelope a little too hard, and tore a gaping hole in the side of her common sense.

    And I think she knows that.
    It’s going to be hard to see her go. however.
    And it will probably be sooner than later.
    I won’t forget this gaffe but I also won’t forget all the times that Helen Thomas made it safe to demand honesty and an end to the White House tap dance.
    I am sorry that she is putting away her pad and pencil.
    I bet if Kennedy were still here, even he’d be sorry.

  8. woody188  June 8, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Folks are starting to see

  9. woody188  June 8, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Check out the Rabbi Nesenoff that recorded Helen and claimed so much hurt stereo-typing Latin Americans. Guess it doesn’t matter because they are mostly Catholic.

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