Former senior Washington correspondent: Congress, White House, Hollywood, Wall Street ‘owned by Zionists’
Detroit Free Press; December 2, 2010 DETROIT — Helen Thomas said Thursday that she stands by her comments about Israel she made earlier this year that led to her resignation as a national columnist.
And she went further, saying that Zionists control US foreign policy and other institutions.
The local Jewish community condemned her remarks.
In an interview, Thomas, 90, said that criticizing Israel led to her resignation and ostracism in Washington.
“I can call a president of the United States anything in the book, but I can’t touch Israel, which has Jewish-only roads in the West Bank,” Thomas said. “No American would tolerate that — white-only roads.”
Thomas, a longtime White House correspondent who grew up in Detroit as the daughter of Lebanese immigrants, was in Dearborn for a workshop on anti-Arab bias.
In a speech inside a center in Dearborn, she talked about “the whole question of money involved in politics.”
“Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall Street are owned by the Zionists. No question, in my opinion,” she said. “They put their money where their mouth is. We’re being pushed into a wrong direction in every way.”
Jewish groups have called Thomas’ earlier remarks unfair and bigoted. They slammed Thursday’s remarks as well.
“Ms. Thomas repeated the anti-Semitic stereotypes that have been used for more than a century to incite hatred of Jews. Her comments should be condemned by all people who oppose bigotry,” said Robert Cohen, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit.
Asked by the Free Press how she would respond to those who say she’s anti-Semitic, Thomas said: “I’d say I’m a Semite. What are you talking about?”
In the interview, she said the Iraq war was “built on lies. No weapons of mass destruction. No ties to al-Qaida. What is this? Why are we killing those people? And why are we there?”
Thomas resigned from Hearst Newspapers in June after telling a rabbi on camera that Israelis should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home” to “Poland, Germany and America and everywhere else.”
The above article can be found here: http://www.kansascity.com/2010/12/02/2493818/helen-thomas-says-zionists-control.html
“WSU pulls Helen Thomas award over ‘anti-Semitic’ remarks”The South End (Wayne State University, US); December 3, 2010
Wayne State is pulling its Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity Award after alumna and former White House Press Corps member Helen Thomas reportedly made anti-Semitic remarks at an Arab-American media workshop held in Dearborn on Dec. 2, the university said in a statement.
“As a public university, Wayne State encourages free speech and open dialogue, and respects diverse viewpoints,” the statement said. “However, the university strongly condemns the anti-Semitic remarks made by Helen Thomas during a conference yesterday.”
According to the Detroit Free Press, Thomas said Zionists controlled US foreign policy and Wall Street.
WSU held back on pulling the award in the spring after Thomas responded to a question by saying Jewish people should “get the hell out of Palestine.” She suggested that they “go home” to “Poland, Germany and America and everywhere else,” during the White House’s Jewish Heritage Day event on May 27.
She resigned shortly after from her position as a columnist for the Hearst News Service. But, at that time, WSU decided her comment was more of a knee-jerk reaction and kept intact the award named after Thomas and given to local and national journalists.
The above article can be found here: http://thesouthend.wayne.edu/index.php/article/2010/12/wsu_pulls_helen_thomas_award_over_antisemitic_remarks#comment428
‘Helen Thomas steps down over Israel remarks’
The Washington Times; June 7, 2010
Longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas has retired abruptly amid the fallout over her controversial statements about Israel, her employer, Hearst Newspapers, announced Monday morning.
News of Ms. Thomas’ retirement, which Hearst said is effective immediately, came shortly after the White House rebuked the veteran journalist for saying the Israelis should “get the hell out of Palestine” in a Web interview last week. Press secretary Robert Gibbs called the statement “offensive and reprehensible” at Monday’s briefing with reporters.
Mr. Gibbs noted that Ms. Thomas, 89, has apologized for her remarks, which she made to the website RabbiLive.com. As a result of the comments, her speaking agency has dropped her, and a suburban Maryland high school has canceled a commencement address she was slated to deliver.
Asked during a White House event celebrating the nation’s Jewish heritage if she had any comments on Israel, Ms. Thomas told the website that Israelis should “go home” to Poland, Germany and the United States. The clip, posted on YouTube [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnALLK5g–I&hd=1], has been circulating for the past few days, drawing condemnations from across the political spectrum, as well as from journalistic colleagues.
The diminutive, outspoken Ms. Thomas was not present for Monday’s press briefing, where she occupied a prime seat in the center of the first row.
On Friday, she posted a statement on her website apologizing for the comments.
“I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heartfelt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon,” she wrote.
But the damage appears to have been done as renunciations continued to pour in Monday. In a statement, the White House Correspondents’ Association called the remarks “indefensible.”
“The White House Correspondents’ Association board firmly dissociates itself from them. Many in our profession who have known Helen for years were saddened by the comments, which were especially unfortunate in light of her role as a trailblazer on the White House beat,” the group said.
The above article can be found here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jun/7/white-house-denounces-thomas-israel-remarks/
OP-ED: ‘Israel’s political occupation of Obama’s press corps‘
Press TV (Iran); June 8, 2010
Hold the front page! The docile White House Press Corp has got steamed up about something and finally taken a scalp as a result.
It seems the Capitol Hill cocktail set who usually sit and preen themselves like pampered Pomeranians while asking pre-screened, pre-approved, Obama-friendly questions have forced a resignation.
So what provoked them and who were they gunning for? Was it one of Obama’s aids caught lying – may be some political sleaze or even another Watergate in the making? Could they have been making a final stand for journalistic integrity and freedom over the Administration’s plans to prosecute and imprison investigative reporters who refuse to reveal their sources?
Well sorry to disappoint — it was none of the above.
It seems the most famous gaggle of journalists in the world finally got steamed up about a comment made by one of their own … against Israel.
And their target just happens to be an 89-year-old columnist who has nailed more US Presidents with her hammer-blow questions than any other member of the White House Press Corps (WHPC).
The formidable grand dame of the WHPC has now been forced to quit her much coveted front row seat — from where she made no less than ten US Presidents sweat with her probing questions.
Helen Thomas resigned just before the White House Correspondents Association announced it was considering stripping her of her prime position.
No doubt some of these are the same gutless scribes who gave President George W Bush such an easy ride over Iraq, Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, torture, waterboarding etc.
Now had Helen Thomas blasted: “Palestinians should get the hell out of Israel,” she would have been feted.
Instead, what the redoubtable Ms Thomas, a lifelong critic of Zionism said, was that Israeli Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and return to Germany and Poland “or wherever they came from.”
Ms. Thomas, a columnist for Hearst Newspapers apologized almost immediately for her off-the-cuff comments she made to a rabbi who was conducting a video interview with her outside the White House during a recent celebration of Jewish heritage.
Now the decision to retire her, with immediate effect, was announced by Hearst Newspapers, which syndicates her column. The announcement was made just weeks ahead of her 90th birthday on August 4.
The board of the correspondents association which recently gathered to consider how to respond to her controversial remarks, issued this very wordy statement: “Helen Thomas’ comments were indefensible and the White House Correspondents Association board firmly dissociates itself from them. Many in our profession who have known Helen for years were saddened by the comments, which were especially unfortunate in light of her role as a trail blazer on the White House beat. While Helen has not been a member of the WHCA for many years, her special status in the briefing room has helped solidify her as the dean of the White House press corps so we feel the need to speak out strongly on this matter.
“We want to emphasize that the role of the WHCA is to represent the White House press corps in its dealings with the White House on coverage-related issues. We do not police the speech of our members or colleagues. We are not involved at all in issuing White House credentials — that is the purview of the White House itself. But 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. We are actively seeking input from our association members on this important matter, and we have scheduled a special meeting of the WHCA board on Thursday to decide on the seating issue.”
What a gutless, feckless collective of cabestros [castrated bullocks that accompany fighting bulls to keep them docile].
Just a few days ago, no less than 60 journalists on board the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla were shot at, abused, beaten up and robbed by the military representing the Zionist regime of Israel.
Was there one word of anger, one word of recrimination, or a statement released about the treatment of fellow journalists who were on board a series of ships which were attacked in international waters?
Israeli soldiers destroyed and stole their cell phones, confiscating video footage and photographic equipment. The later unauthorized use of journalists’ footage shows the contempt that the Israeli authorities have for journalism. By showing old photographs and edited footage there was a clear violation of journalist ethics.
Such blatant attempts at control of news coverage are nothing new. The same strategy was carried out during Israel’s last invasion of Gaza.
But what do these Washington scribes know?
However, what they have proved by their swift action against Helen Thomas is that while Israel conducts a military occupation in Palestine it is conducting a political occupation of The White House Corps.
The above article can be found here: http://edition.presstv.ir/detail/129527.html
Also see ‘Helen Thomas: In appreciation’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20100618211636400
Also see ‘Israeli ambassador on Colbert Report: We executed them!’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20100618070412527