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    Default Helen Thomas 'retires' after anti-Israel comment

    The longest serving White House reporter has suddenly retired following an comment on Israel.

    Helen Thomas said 'Israelis should get "the hell out of Palestine"', and suggested they went to Germany, Poland or the US.

    BBC News - US reporter Helen Thomas quits over Israel comments

    Thomas has been a reporter for 67 years and has worked as a reporter in the White House since the days of Eisenhower.

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    On May 27, 2010, outside a White House Jewish heritage event, Rabbi David Nesenoff asked if Thomas had any comments on Israel. Thomas replied, "Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine,"[10] and added that the people are under occupation. Asked where they should go she replied that "they should go home" to Poland, Germany, America and "everywhere else".[11][12] Thomas subsequently issued an apology on her personal web site.[12][13][14] On June 6, Thomas's agency, Nine Speakers, Inc., announced that they had dropped her as a client, due to her remarks.[15][16] Craig Crawford, who co-authored "Listen up, Mr. President", said that he "will no longer be working with Helen on our book projects".[17] Other fallout from Thomas' statements include a rebuke from the White House[18] and cancellation of a commencement speech she was to give at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland.[19] On June 7, 2010, Thomas tendered her immediate resignation from Hearst Newspapers and entered into retirement.[20]

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    Quote Originally Posted by seabhcan View Post
    The longest serving White House reporter has suddenly retired following an comment on Israel.

    Helen Thomas said 'Israelis should get "the hell out of Palestine"', and suggested they went to Germany, Poland or the US.

    BBC News - US reporter Helen Thomas quits over Israel comments

    Thomas has been a reporter for 67 years and has worked as a reporter in the White House since the days of Eisenhower.

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    So much for freedom of speech....eh!!!!!


    A high school graduation speech by veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas has been canceled because of controversial remarks she made about Israel, the school's principal said in an e-mail Sunday.
    Helen Thomas Speech At Walt Whitman High School Cancelled Over Controversial Comments | WUSA9.com | Washington, DC |
    The hurt of one is the hurt of all, the honour of one is the honour of all.

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    Jaysus, so much for free speech...

    I'd agree with what she said, albeit I might have put it a tad more diplomatically...

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    What would Whitman make of it?

    All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor.
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    It seems she did in fact exercise her freedom of speech. Her sponsors/supporters also exercised theirs in withdrawing their support for her. Free choice was made on all sides.
    ‘The Great only appear great because we are on our knees: Let Us Rise!’ “ (James Larkin)

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    The real problem here is what the White House said:

    RTÉ News: Veteran reporter retires after Israel remarks
    White House spokesman Robert Gibbs has described the remarks as 'offensive and reprehensible'
    That was a clear attempt to push her out, and was making clear she had enemies.

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    I wonder if the native americans might concur with her sentiments on people getting off one's land?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ulster-Lad View Post
    It seems she did in fact exercise her freedom of speech. Her sponsors/supporters also exercised theirs in withdrawing their support for her. Free choice was made on all sides.

    Seems a shame, after so many years of getting it right, she will now be remembered for that silly quote.
    Wonder if she considered moving back to Europe and handing her apartment keys over to the local Red Indian?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cry freedom View Post
    Seems a shame, after so many years of getting it right, she will now be remembered for that silly quote.
    Wonder if she considered moving back to Europe and handing her apartment keys over to the local Red Indian?
    Her parents are from Lebanon, it seems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seabhcan View Post
    Her parents are from Lebanon, it seems.
    Ah well. "We are where we are"

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