Jun 072010
 

In the United States of America, we pride ourselves on “free speech.” It seems you are pretty much free to say whatever you want about Hispanics, Arabs, homosexuals, blacks, whites, or just about anybody else. However, you are not free to say what you want about Israel. Just ask veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas. She spoke her mind about that group of people and it cost her a career that had spanned over half a century…

Veteran reporter retires over Israel comments

Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas is retiring in the wake of controversial comments she made about Israel.

Hearst News Service, for which Thomas is a columnist, reported her retirement announcement Monday.

Her retirement is effective immediately. She began covering the White House in 1960.

Thomas has apologized for the comments, which were captured on video by an interviewer for the website “RabbiLIVE.com.”

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.

Those remarks drew sharp criticism from the Obama administration earlier Monday, as well as the cancellation of a high school graduation speech she was to deliver.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked at his daily briefing with reporters about President Barack Obama’s reaction to Thomas’ remarks. Gibbs called them “offensive and reprehensible.”

“She should and has apologized,” Gibbs said. “Because obviously those remarks do not reflect certainly the opinion of most of the people here and certainly not of the administration.”

Fair-weather friends Helen Thomas and Barack Obama
Fair-weather friends Helen Thomas and Barack Obama

Watch what you say.

P.S. I have to believe that at nearly 90 years of age, Ms. Thomas was probably approaching the time when she was going to start thinking about retirement anyway.