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