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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. No rx melatonin Not because she sullied the reputation of the Washington press corps with a few undiplomatic remarks, no rx melatonin 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, no rx melatonin she said without a pause: “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.” “It’s their land, no rx melatonin” Thomas asserted, no rx melatonin referring to the Palestinians and baldly challenging the notion that Israel was founded on land that belongs to the Jews. No rx melatonin When asked where the Jews should go, no rx melatonin she said they should “go home” — to Germany, no rx melatonin Poland, no rx melatonin America or from wherever else they had emigrated to Israel. As soon as the video of Thomas’ remarks was made public, no rx melatonin Washington’s mechanisms of tribal discipline swiftly kicked into gear. Her words were “unconscionably callous and vile, no rx melatonin” said Andrew Sullivan. No rx melatonin “Thomas deserved what she got, no rx melatonin” said Dana Millbank. No rx melatonin Both saw her departure as a loss, no rx melatonin yet just as President Obama deemed her words “out of line, no rx melatonin” 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, no rx melatonin http://warincontext.org/2010/06/08/farewell-helen-thomas  http://doctorbulldog.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/helen-thomas-and-jfk.jpg