Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish

The career of a supposedly distinguished journalist and member
of the White House Press Corps, the elite (and elitist) reporters
who cover the President, has suddenly ended. Helen Thomas,
89, a member of the White House Press Corps for half a century,
resigned in disgrace on the heels of her statement that the
Israeli Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and "go back
to Poland ... Germany ... the United States." Thomas made her
stinging remarks in a response to a question asked of her at
a gathering of journalists in Washington a few days ago;
her remarks were captured on tape and have gotten wide play.

Thomas, who is of Lebanese descent, has long given accounts of
the goings on at the White House filtered through a left-wing
prism. She has pitched hardballs at Republican presidents while
lobbing softballs at Democrat presidents. But even when taking
her ethnicity into account, Thomas sank to a new nadir for bias
--- a nadir tainted with bigotry and complete abandonment of
the obligation of her trade to impartiality, even though just
sounding off at a party.

While many Jews have emigrated to Israel since its founding in
1948, coming from "Poland ... Germany..." etc., many more Jews
have lived in that location long before the declaration of Israel
as a sovereign nation; Israel is situated where the ancient
kingdoms of Judea and Israel reigned many, many centuries ago,
centuries before the birth of Christ. Jews have, therefore,
lived in this land for some millenia, constantly surrounded by
hostile neighboring states forever trying to eradicate them.
This is even more so the case today. The Palestinians and Iran
are the most immediate threats to Israel and her people, with
many more not far behind.

Thomas said what many on the political left, in the U.S. and
around the world, are thinking concerning Israel and the Jews.
She was much less impolitic and much more candid in her words,
delivered with a laugh no less(!). She quickly apologized, but
whether she did so voluntarily or by orders from her employer,
Hearst Newspapers, is unknown. What is known, however, is her
open admission of being a hater; in 2002 Thomas was quoted as
saying, "I censored myself for 50 years ... Now I wake up and
ask myself 'Who do I hate today?'" Some days it was GOP pres-
idents, others it was those waging war on radical Islamic
terrorism' now it is the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.
Her vitriolic questioning of then-President George W. Bush
and the military action he took drew cheers from the so-called
mainstream media and the political left. And Thomas lambasted
President Barack Obama just a few weeks ago, demanding he state
when he was going to get our troops out of Afghanistan. It is
also apparent that 9/11 means nothing to Helen Thomas!

So the woman known as "The Dean of the White House Press Corps"
leaves her longtime beat. Good riddance to bad rubbish! The
quality of American journalism has just gone on a rocket ride.


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