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Farewell Helen Thomas

by Paul Woodward 

It’s good that Helen Thomas will no longer be in White House press briefings. Cheap carbozyne online Not because she sullied the reputation of the Washington press corps with a few undiplomatic remarks, cheap carbozyne online but because those who lack her boldness and bluntness will no longer be able to use her presence to foster the illusion that American journalism still values courage. When Thomas was asked during a White House Jewish Heritage Celebration on May 27 (before the Mavi Marmara massacre) whether she had any comments on Israel, cheap carbozyne online she said without a pause: “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.” “It’s their land, cheap carbozyne online” Thomas asserted, cheap carbozyne online referring to the Palestinians and baldly challenging the notion that Israel was founded on land that belongs to the Jews. Cheap carbozyne online When asked where the Jews should go, cheap carbozyne online she said they should “go home” — to Germany, cheap carbozyne online Poland, cheap carbozyne online America or from wherever else they had emigrated to Israel. As soon as the video of Thomas’ remarks was made public, cheap carbozyne online Washington’s mechanisms of tribal discipline swiftly kicked into gear. Her words were “unconscionably callous and vile, cheap carbozyne online” said Andrew Sullivan. Cheap carbozyne online “Thomas deserved what she got, cheap carbozyne online” said Dana Millbank. Cheap carbozyne online Both saw her departure as a loss, cheap carbozyne online yet just as President Obama deemed her words “out of line, cheap carbozyne online” no one in Washington was willing to go to the heart of what she said...... (con't) The rest of Paul's piece is found at  http://mondoweiss.net/2010/06/farewell-helen-thomas.html  and/or Paul's own site, cheap carbozyne online http://warincontext.org/2010/06/08/farewell-helen-thomas  http://doctorbulldog.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/helen-thomas-and-jfk.jpg