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June 7, 2010
It is now high time for Helen Thomas, the oldest White House correspondent, to go. Her anti-Semitic and bigoted remarks last week stating that the Israelis should "get the hell out of Palestine" and suggesting they should go to Germany, Poland of the United States, were totally inappropriate and her apologies are insufficient. There is no room or place for her to remain with the White House press corps. I believe it is deplorable and a gross shame for her, as a White House correspondent, to makes such uncalled for and bigoted remarks.
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NEWS
July 30, 2013
Letter writer Jerry Levin's assessment of the journalist Helen Thomas as a "hateful old bigot" because she dared to criticize Israel's treatment of the Palestinians could not be further from the truth ( "Helen Thomas was a path breaker - but also a bigot," July 27). Thomas was a competent White House correspondent for 50 years who was fired because she was not afraid to speak out against Israel's atrocities against the Palestinians. In 2011, the website Salon.org complained that "advocacy of Israeli positions has replaced professional qualifications as the criteria for service.
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NEWS
July 23, 2013
Helen Thomas may have been a pioneer for women attending press conferences at the White House, but she also had faults that should not be overlooked ("Pioneering journalist broke D.C. glass ceiling," July 21). She was abrasive, arrogant, rude and repetitive in her questioning, leaving a number of presidents, press secretaries and foreign dignitaries, including Margaret Thatcher, disturbed by her tactics. She never failed to show her anti-Israel bias at the White House news conferences, where she always launched into a tirade against Israel that bordered on anti-Semitism before her questioning began.
NEWS
July 28, 2013
Susan Reimer 's column about pioneering female journalist Helen Thomas makes light of Ms. Thomas' vicious comments about Jews that ended her career ( "Helen Thomas opened journalism for women," July 25). Ms. Thomas' views were not simply "intemperate" and "abrasive" - they were hateful and uninformed. For example, her May 2010 remark that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and "go home" to Poland and Germany not only rejected Israel's right to exist but also showed contempt for the traumatic legacy of the Holocaust.
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By Jonah Goldberg | July 25, 2013
In the movie "Animal House," the Deltas are put on trial for their antics. When offered a chance to defend themselves, the best argument the fraternity's president can come up with is, "But sir, Delta Tau Chi has a long tradition of existence to its members and to the community at large. " The line came to mind as I read through the obituaries for Helen Thomas, the longtime White House correspondent for UPI and, for a decade, a left-wing columnist for the Hearst newspapers. Ms. Thomas did help break down the barriers to women in the D.C. press corps.
NEWS
Susan Reimer | July 24, 2013
Helen Thomas, the cranky White House correspondent who once said that there is no such thing as a rude question from a reporter, died last week at 92, her pioneering reputation tarnished by a streak of anger her role as a journalist had masked. After United Press International, where she had worked for 57 years (49 as its chief White House correspondent), was purchased by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church in 2000, she resigned. But she was hired shortly thereafter by Hearst Newspapers as a political columnist, writing for another decade.
NEWS
July 26, 2013
Regarding Susan Reimer 's column ( "Helen Thomas opened journalism for women," July 25), Helen Thomas' comments on Israel and Zionism were more than "unacceptable" and "intemperate," they were insulting. Rather than question their own far-fetched notions, people like Ms. Thomas chalk up their unpopularity to conspiracies and domination by "Zionists. " Her ideas about the Jewish state may have greater resonance in Europe (with its history of anti-Jewish ideas and actions) and the Middle East (wrapped up in the Israel-Arab dispute)
NEWS
June 8, 2010
While I disagree with Helen Thomas' recent attack on Israel and Israelis, I also disagree with those who called for her head on a pike. To silence dissent is to abandon Freedom of Speech. Richard T. Seymour, Catonsville
NEWS
July 30, 2013
Letter writer Jerry Levin's assessment of the journalist Helen Thomas as a "hateful old bigot" because she dared to criticize Israel's treatment of the Palestinians could not be further from the truth ( "Helen Thomas was a path breaker - but also a bigot," July 27). Thomas was a competent White House correspondent for 50 years who was fired because she was not afraid to speak out against Israel's atrocities against the Palestinians. In 2011, the website Salon.org complained that "advocacy of Israeli positions has replaced professional qualifications as the criteria for service.
NEWS
July 28, 2013
Susan Reimer 's column about pioneering female journalist Helen Thomas makes light of Ms. Thomas' vicious comments about Jews that ended her career ( "Helen Thomas opened journalism for women," July 25). Ms. Thomas' views were not simply "intemperate" and "abrasive" - they were hateful and uninformed. For example, her May 2010 remark that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and "go home" to Poland and Germany not only rejected Israel's right to exist but also showed contempt for the traumatic legacy of the Holocaust.
NEWS
July 26, 2013
Regarding Susan Reimer 's column ( "Helen Thomas opened journalism for women," July 25), Helen Thomas' comments on Israel and Zionism were more than "unacceptable" and "intemperate," they were insulting. Rather than question their own far-fetched notions, people like Ms. Thomas chalk up their unpopularity to conspiracies and domination by "Zionists. " Her ideas about the Jewish state may have greater resonance in Europe (with its history of anti-Jewish ideas and actions) and the Middle East (wrapped up in the Israel-Arab dispute)
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | July 25, 2013
In the movie "Animal House," the Deltas are put on trial for their antics. When offered a chance to defend themselves, the best argument the fraternity's president can come up with is, "But sir, Delta Tau Chi has a long tradition of existence to its members and to the community at large. " The line came to mind as I read through the obituaries for Helen Thomas, the longtime White House correspondent for UPI and, for a decade, a left-wing columnist for the Hearst newspapers. Ms. Thomas did help break down the barriers to women in the D.C. press corps.
NEWS
Susan Reimer | July 24, 2013
Helen Thomas, the cranky White House correspondent who once said that there is no such thing as a rude question from a reporter, died last week at 92, her pioneering reputation tarnished by a streak of anger her role as a journalist had masked. After United Press International, where she had worked for 57 years (49 as its chief White House correspondent), was purchased by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church in 2000, she resigned. But she was hired shortly thereafter by Hearst Newspapers as a political columnist, writing for another decade.
NEWS
July 23, 2013
Helen Thomas may have been a pioneer for women attending press conferences at the White House, but she also had faults that should not be overlooked ("Pioneering journalist broke D.C. glass ceiling," July 21). She was abrasive, arrogant, rude and repetitive in her questioning, leaving a number of presidents, press secretaries and foreign dignitaries, including Margaret Thatcher, disturbed by her tactics. She never failed to show her anti-Israel bias at the White House news conferences, where she always launched into a tirade against Israel that bordered on anti-Semitism before her questioning began.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2013
Helen Bruce Thomas, a retired nurse and homemaker, died April 23 at the Rogerson House assisted-living facility in Boston of unknown causes. The longtime resident of Phoenix, Baltimore County, was 89. Born Helen Whitridge Bruce in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Albert Cabell Bruce, a businessman, and Helen Whitridge Bruce, a homemaker. She was raised in Guilford on Charlcote Road. She attended the Calvert and Bryn Mawr schools before graduating from the Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Va., where she rode horses.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | June 13, 2010
Here's some bitter irony for you. Back in April, I received the Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity award. Yes, diversity. And yes, Helen Thomas, the legendary White House correspondent who recently nuked her career — and legacy — by telling a rabbi, following a Jewish heritage ceremony at the White House, no less, that the Jews of Israel should, in effect, go back where they came from. Life sure takes some funny bounces. Two months ago, I was honored to receive an award in the name of a woman who has asked combative questions of every president since John F. Kennedy.
NEWS
By Ronald E. Cohen | May 21, 2000
THE LAST time United Press International turned a profit was 1961. Imagine. Still alive after almost four decades in the soup -- soup frequently so deep the monthly red ink number read a cool $2 million. Well, "alive" might be a trifle overstated. For 15 years, a succession of owners who gave thrilling new meaning to words like stupidity, cupidity, mendacity and convicted federal felon, destroyed the venerable news service. Speculation about its imminent death raced periodically through the legion of impossibly loyal alums, dubbed "Downholders" a mongrelization of "Hold Down Expenses" -- taken from the unofficial battle cry of the penurious, cash-starved agency founded in 1907 to do battle with its bitter rival, the fat, rich and sometimes lazy Associated Press.
NEWS
By Arin Gencer and Arin Gencer,Sun Reporter | April 8, 2007
The woman known for her decades of grilling American presidents is stepping behind the lectern herself. White House correspondent-turned-columnist Helen Thomas has been invited to deliver a lecture, "From JFK to George W.: Holding Their Feet to the Fire, Helen-style," at McDaniel College at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Forum in Decker College Center. The event is free and open to the public. Terry A. Dalton, an English and journalism professor at McDaniel, had originally called Thomas "out of the blue" to see if she would visit his media and politics class, he said.
NEWS
June 8, 2010
While I disagree with Helen Thomas' recent attack on Israel and Israelis, I also disagree with those who called for her head on a pike. To silence dissent is to abandon Freedom of Speech. Richard T. Seymour, Catonsville
NEWS
June 7, 2010
It is now high time for Helen Thomas, the oldest White House correspondent, to go. Her anti-Semitic and bigoted remarks last week stating that the Israelis should "get the hell out of Palestine" and suggesting they should go to Germany, Poland of the United States, were totally inappropriate and her apologies are insufficient. There is no room or place for her to remain with the White House press corps. I believe it is deplorable and a gross shame for her, as a White House correspondent, to makes such uncalled for and bigoted remarks.
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