Posted on | June 7, 2010 | 38 Comments
Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas announced Monday that she is retiring, effective immediately, in the wake of a controversy over her comments on Israel, according to a report from her employer, Hearst News Service.
Thomas told a rabbi at a White House event last week that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and go back to Germany and Poland.
(Via Memeorandum.) Rumors that Ms. Thomas plans to spend her retirement in Gaza serving as a “comfort woman” for Hamas terrorists could not be immediately confirmed.
Meanwhile, Reason magazine editor Matt Welch — who is not a stupid dopehead — notes that Helen Thomas certainly isn’t the only “objective” reporter who has opinions:
[S]ome of the most politically opinionated people you’ll ever meet are newspaper reporters a couple drinks in out yakking with their colleagues. . . .
[T]he partisanship-averse journos haven’t bothered to construct their own self-conscious political philosophy, beyond identifying Bad Guys and wanting to Fix Problems. Show me the world’s most intractable problems — the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the inability to produce mass amounts of energy without negatively impacting the environment, the search for a beer that tastes great and is less filling — and I’ll show you reporters in bars having conversations worthy of the Alex Jones show. It’s not that they’re all Helen Thomases — she is truly one of a kind — but that in the absence of subjecting their own beliefs to journalistic rigor, they are more likely than many would expect to quietly nurture beliefs that outsiders would find surprisingly slanted and even extreme.
You should read the whole thing.