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#3: Anti-Semite; Best of the Sable Verity

October 21, 2010
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This next entry marks a first for me; the first time in my life anyone every accused me of being anti-Semitic.

“In Defense of Helen Thomas” went out in print, pixel and radio, and apparently ticked off at least 1 Seattle resident who contacted KBCS and left a very emotional, accusatory message on the listener feedback line.  For defending Thomas’ comments on Palestine, the listener vowed to never support KBCS.

My gut reaction was to reach out to him, to explain my words so he would understand what I was trying to say.  But when I listened closely to his message I quickly realized how pointless such an effort would be.  I can’t defend against things I haven’t actually said or written. Giving context to Thomas’ words doesn’t make me a proponent of the Holocaust.

In Defense of Helen Thomas

Journalist Helen Thomas has a most impressive resume.  She spent fifty seven years as a correspondent for the White House Press Corps, Thomas has covered every President of the United States since the later years of the Eisenhower administration.  She was the first female officer of the National Press Club, the first female member and president of the White House Correspondents Association, and, in 1975, the first female member of the Gridiron Club, the oldest and most prestigious journalistic organization in Washington, D.C.

This week, she announced her retirement.  But Thomas isn’t enjoying praise for her ceiling busting career or her unwavering journalistic integrity.

Her decision to retire comes after an outcry in journalism circles for comments she made at a White House Jewish heritage event.

A Rabbi asked if Thomas had any comments on Israel. Thomas replied, -quote- Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine,” and added that Palestinians are under occupation. Asked where they should go she replied that –quote-they should go home to Poland, Germany, America and “everywhere else”. She later issued an apology for her comments. But it was too late…more

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