Monday, June 07, 2010

The pressure mounts on Helen Thomas

I take no personal satisfaction in seeing Helen Thomas squirming on the vine, but I also remain adamant that her ridiculous comments about Jews "getting the hell out of Palestine" and returning to Poland or Germany should get her canned.

There have been a quick series of events over the past 24 hours concerning Ms. Thomas.

First, she canceled her planned commencement address at a suburban Maryland high school.

Next, the agency that handles her speaking arrangements has dropped her.

Third, her credentials as a member of the White House Correspondents Association is being called into question. At least one report indicates the WCHA board is debating what, if any, sanction to impose on Ms. Thomas, who technically ought not be in the White House press room because she is no longer a daily reporter. She is now a columnist.

As with anything, there are two sides to the story. No, the people defending Thomas are not necessarily defending what she said; rather, they are pointing out that real or perceived anti-Semitism within the mainstream media is evident. Consider this quote from this editorial by Jeff Dunetz, a conservative blogger:

The mainstream media, which is politically correct about every other ethnic group, feature anti-Semites all of the time without barely a peep about their hatred. I wonder if there would be the same calls for Thomas’ head if she hadn’t already been considered something of a joke by the press corps, someone who has stayed on long past her time.

Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller asks us to compare what Ms. Thomas said to recent remarks by Pat Buchanan.

The WHCA is meeting this morning to discuss what to do. No, it can't fire her, but it could revoke her credentials. That would be a wise decision.

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