Helen Thomas retires after Israel remark flap

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" WASHINGTON — Longtime Washington journalist Helen Thomas abruptly retired Monday as a columnist for Hearst News Service following remarks she made about Israel that were denounced by the White House and her press corps colleagues.
The 89-year-old Thomas, dean of the White House press corps, has long been a fixture in Washington and has been lauded as a pioneering journalist who has covered presidents since 1960.
Known for her confrontational questioning, Thomas apologized for comments that were captured on video and have spread widely on the Internet. On the May 27 video, Thomas says Israelis should "get the hell out of Palestine," suggesting they go to Germany, Poland or the U.S.
Hearst announced her retirement, effective immediately, shortly after White House press secretary Robert Gibbs called her remarks "offensive and reprehensible."
Note: Helen Thomas you are heroic. I'll miss you and so will just about everybody else. The media will not reflect this so the public can settle in and accept their own conclusions - but take it from me. You are a hero. You are one of my heroes.


  1. Helen Thomas personified the best AND the most courageous from the Edward R. Murrow school of ethical journalism. Everyone used to watch her with piqued interest as she grilled the White House Press Secretaries.

    Her colleagues were every time seen cowering behind her, but listening adroitly, their pens ready in hand.

    "It was easy for Helen, " they would say, "She is fearless."

    Triumph is easy, you simply risk all.

  2. She sacrificed herself for the rest of us. I am deeply indebted.


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