Helen Thomas to Playboy:
THOMAS: I get where you’re leading with this. You know damn well the power they have. It isn’t the two percent. It’s real power when you own the White House
Isn't it time that decent people stop offering her a platform? Editor & Publisher reports:
Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas told a national conference of campus journalists that President Obama owes her an apology for his criticism last year of her comments about Israel.
"I want an apology from the president," Thomas, 90, said Tuesday to the hundreds of student journalists and their advisers attending the keynote session of the annual spring convention of College Media Advisers (CMA) at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
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Thomas resigned last June as a White House columnist for Hearst News Services after the perfect storm of protest that followed the posting of a YouTube video in which she suggested that Israelis "should get the hell out of Palestine" and "go home" to "Poland, Germany...America and everywhere else."
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"Her comments were offensive," Obama said. "It's a shame because Helen's someone who has been a correspondent through I don't know how many presidents, was a real institution in Washington, D. C. But I think she made the right decision. I think those comments are out of line, and hopefully she recognizes that."
Wrong. Instead she goes to Playboy to double-down. Let's follow her under the covers (I mean below the fold).
Interviewed by Playboy, Helen Thomas does her best to establish her antisemitic credentials:
The Israelis are not even Semites! They’re EuropeansBut genetic research, along with linguistic knowledge and the historical record belie her claim.
Wait, there's more:
Questioned about an article in the Atlantic, Thomas interrupts to ask: "Did a Jew write this?"
PLAYBOY: That stereotype of Jewish control has been around for more than a century. Do you actually think there’s a secret Jewish conspiracy at work in this country?
THOMAS: Not a secret. It’s very open. What do you mean secret?
PLAYBOY: Well, for instance, explain the connection between Hollywood and what’s happening with the Palestinians.
THOMAS: Power over the White House, power over Congress.
PLAYBOY: By way of contributions?
THOMAS: Everybody is in the pocket of the Israeli lobbies, which are funded by wealthy supporters, including those from Hollywood. Same thing with the financial markets. There’s total control.