Helen Thomas Retires

As Instapundit says: Felled by a flip camera!

Helen Thomas is retired, effective Immediately, and the White House Correspondent’s Association, after mulling it over for a few days, has released a condemnation of Thomas’ remarks, and add:

“. . . the incident does revive the issue of whether it is appropriate for an opinion columnist to have a front row seat in the WH briefing room. That is an issue under the jurisdiction of this board.”

The White House itself, after ignoring the anniversary of D-Day and having a rather pleasant weekend, all things considered, has also decided to chime in:

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs today called Helen Thomas’ remarks, “offensive and reprehensible.”

“I think she should and has apologized,” Gibbs said at the daily briefing today, “Obviously those remarks are — do not reflect certainly the opinion of most people in here, and certainly not of the administration.” …

Actually, no, Ms. Thomas has not apologized, per se. She has, as neocon notes, expressed regret that she was caught airing her anti-semitism so indiscreetly, to a person disinclined to protect her. And apparently there is a second part on the way. Might seem anti-climatic, though, with her retirement a done deal.

It’s difficult to believe that the White House Press Corps did not know Thomas was a raging anti-semite when so many ardent news junkies have understood it for years. Only Tony Snow seemed willing to acknowledge that Thomas brought “the Hezbollah view” with her.

Thomas was indulged for too long by too many of her peers. Perhaps that’s because she was only daring to echo their own thoughts.

Jay Nordlinger:

With the hard-core anti-Israel crowd, the problem is not “occupation,” not the addition of in-law suites in Jerusalem: The problem is Israel itself. The very right of that state to exist. People like Helen Thomas are way to the “left,” if that’s the term, of the official position of the PLO. They are in line with Hamas and Hezbollah — and their patron in Iran.

I wonder if Thomas is sitting over her coffee today, nodding sadly that those troublesome Jooos have finally got rid of her, and feeling just a bit like a martyr.

Now the big question: Does Helen Thomas team up with Pat Buchanan on MSNBC? Maybe they take it on the road?

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  • newton

    “I wonder if she is sitting over her coffee today, nodding wisely that “the Joos” finally got rid of her, and feeling just a bit like a martyr.”

    She better not blame “the Joos” for this one!

    I’ll tell you whom she’s going to blame, though: the flip camera!

    Moral of the story, everyone: if an average Joe with a compact video camera (flip or otherwise) can bring down a “Washington Media Institution”…

    … So Can We.

  • EJHill

    It doesn’t make any difference which side of the debate you’re on, there’s a lesson to be learned here.

    You can take a lifetime to build a reputation and blow it away in the most offhanded manor. Her obituary will read, “Helen Thomas, whose 50 year career of covering every US President between Eisenhower and Obama ended with charges of her rampant anti-Semitism, died today…”

    Let’s take a bite of the old irony apple: Helen resigned from her gig at UPI because it was purchased by the business end of the Unification Church – the same church that that the American Jewish Congress claimed had over 125 anti-Semitic references in its “Divine Principles” statement.

    Maybe if she had stayed put…

  • DaveW

    You know, I saw that apology and thought at the time it was OK. But looking closer I see she never actually apologizes for anything. She just expresses regret for what she said. Regretting saying it is not the same as being sorry.

    Whatever. She’s gone, so the appalling antisemitism of the D.C. working press will be back underground and a bit less obvious. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not.

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  • AMDG

    Much has been made of her physical appearance and I can’t help but think of Orwell’s quote that “At age 50, every man has the face he deserves. ”

    No less true here.

    [I'm not a fan of commenting on people's looks. Let's try to stay away from that, okay? -admin]

  • Mary Ann

    God works in mysterious ways. A woman who lived and breathed for notoriatiy and power lost it all in one unguarded hate filled sentence.She will be remembered as an anti-semetic
    and a bigot.
    The words of Our lady in her beautiful canticle the Magnificat keep coming to mind:”He has shown strength in His arm”
    He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their hearts. “He has put down the mighty from their thrones and has exalted the humble.”
    My personal belief…. in the near future the hearts of many in power will be revealed. It has begun with the press and will continue, each time delivering a greater blow in ratings and advertisement revenue. Coincidence? I think not. Coincidence is just God remaining anonymous.

  • Bill

    Anchoress: are the comments here about Ms. Thomas’ looks appropriate?

    [No, they're not. I have been working and not moderating, but I would expect my readers to know better than to carry on about someone's looks -admin]

  • AMDG

    I apologize.

  • http://www.opaobie.com/promisekept.php Opaobie

    Regarding the concern about whether commenting on Ms. Thomas’ appearance is appropriate or not, one might argue that Helen Thomas’ revelation demonstrates the theme of the novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde. And to think, there are 71 more just like her awaiting every Jihadi martyr!!!

  • http://www.opaobie.com/promisekept.php Opaobie

    For clarity, my comment is with regard to her spiritual appearance, not her physical appearance. She may have been a bigot and a despot all her life, but as in the novel, time has brought it to the surface in her true personna. I apologize to anyone who may not have understood my point as an attack on her looks. The 72 virgins that Jihadi’s expect may well be of the Helen Thomas vile spiritual type, even if they have the physical appearance of Aphrodite.

    [I would like all of the commentary about Thomas' appearance to cease, regardless of whether it is coming from a philosophical, spiritual or physical perspective. The woman is 89 years old. -admin]

  • Hantchu

    Sigh. I got in my 12 hours of childish gloating over Helen’s downfall. Now I will have to take my rabbi’s generic advice and pray for her redemption. Strangely enough, that often seems to have the effect of blunting their teeth. She wasn’t a murderer, but a nasty mouth and a mean disposition are quite bad enough, and I need to curb my own tendencies in those directions.

    “Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with the L-rd Your G-d.” That should keep me busy.

    [Hantchu, you wrote: "[prayer for their good] often seems to have the effect of blunting their teeth.” I believe this is so very true! This afternoon I went to adoration and chided myself for not praying for Helen Thomas as I have been praying for Mrs. Pelosi and President Obama. -admin]

  • Trump

    Sigh. I got in my 12 hours of childish gloating over Helen’s downfall. Now I will have to take my rabbi’s generic advice and pray for her redemption
    - – - – -

    You’re a better person than I am Hantchu. I fully admit it and I admire you for it. If I was to spend any prayers regarding her (and all who think like her- far too many) it would be in hoping for quite a different fate for them. Therefore I refrain.

    We all know how the Jew Hating movie ends, and I don’t feel the need to show any kindness or generosity towards those hoping for a remake of the original. If god truly cares about her fate, he can deal with it himself.

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  • Ellen

    I’ll try and pray for her. Right now, I am ashamed to admit she’s from Kentucky. As for her being 89, my mother is 89 and she looks pretty good – much better than Helen but my mother hasn’t spent her life hatin’ on other people.

  • tim maguire

    EJHILL, IMO, your warning is only valid for those who lie or hide opinions. Honest straightforward people need have no fear of being unmasked.

  • Hantchu

    Ellen–Yup, “hatin’ on other people” will do that to you. That is why I’m trying to pray for Helen, not because I’m a “good person”, but because I worry how I’m gonna look when I’m 89.

  • Fiftyville

    As seen on the Internet:

    Aw, Helen’s just anti-semitic because she got stood up for a date with King Herod.

  • http://home.earthlink.net/~nooriginalthought/ Charles

    I think Helen Thomas should have been removed from the White House Press room years ago.

    However, I almost feel sorry for her as it is clear to me that she has no really close friends. A truly close friend would have told her years ago to be quiet about some of her comments, or how bad her comments make her look. If her friends have told her such and she hasn’t listened then she isn’t much a friend to them either to ignore their “help.” Such a situation is kind of sad.

    I can only hope if I am blessed enough to live to be her age that I will have better friendships.

  • JuliB

    Evidently the rabbi who caught this on camera is being inundated with hate email.


  • http://theornithophobe.blogspot.com/ Nmissi

    I’m glad to see her gone- but the whole situation sort of makes me cringe. When I saw the video of her saying those things, I just winced at it. It’s too hard, watching someone make a fool of themselves that way. And at her age, it looks less like simple stupidity than the more painful option of senility. I’m just not able to get jazzed about seeing an old woman make herself ridiculous in public, no matter how heinous her viewpoint or personality. Let’s all wish her a pleasant, peaceful, and above all else- private, retirement.