Ah Helen we hardly knew ye

Posted: June 7, 2010 by datechguy in internet/free speech, media
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I go for a bite of lunch, wash some dishes, start slow cooking a few rib and do a little vacuuming and what happens. Helen Thomas runs:

“Helen Thomas announced Monday that she is retiring, effective immediately,” read a statement from Hearst Newspapers on Monday. “Her decision came after her controversial comments about Israel and the Palestinians were captured on videotape and widely disseminated on the Internet.”

The Drudge headline is the best:

Helen sent to Poland

But there is plenty of buzz on the net:

The Lonely conservative:

Helen Thomas announced today that she will retire after she made it perfectly clear that she’s a raging anti-Semite.

I disagree, this was already clear, it’s just that she removed plausible deniability from the equation for the left.
Dave Weigel:

I’ve posted the statement below the fold, but I think it’s important to note why some people saw this coming, and why Thomas had basically no defenders over the past 72 hours. She parlayed 60 years of journalism experience into a comfortable job as a columnist, one who had the right to a seat in the front row of the White House briefing room and lob questions at the president. In her later years, she used that privilege to indulge an opinion fairly rare in Washington’s press corps — that Israel was engaging in criminal acts against Palestinians.

I’m sure Dave knows the press corps better than me but I suspect that opinion is a lot more wide spread that he thinks.
Glenn Reynolds reminds his Army of Davids:

I told you those ubiquitous video cameras mattered

One doesn’t have the option of public bigotry in an age of instant film
No more Mr. Nice blog plays so’s your old man:

Even the White House piled on her. She apologized for her comments, which is more than El Rushbo or Glenn Beck ever did for their “controversial comments” but she’s out of a job now after five decades, unlike those two clowns.

And well, she’s gone now. Great work, the Village. You finally got rid of the old bat, right? You stopped the source of cooties after all these years. Good luck filling her chair, any of you in the WHPC. None of you are worthy, frankly.

This seems to be a theme on the left. Taylor Marsh for example:

Meanwhile, Glenn Beck who invokes Mein Kampf when talking about Barack Obama’s presidency, and other right-wing screed provocateurs who use hate speech to make a living remain gainfully employed.

Back on the right Protein Wisdom

She should look on the bright side: at least nobody decided to gas her, then stick her in a big-ass pizza oven.

Arbeit macht frei, Helen, baby!

Yid With Lid:

It is sad that the controversy surrounding Thomas will now end and the media will go back to ignoring Anti-Semitism within its ranks

My thoughts exactly. You can fight this type of thing only when it is in the open.

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