Over the years, there has been but one good voice in the pit of the White House press conference: Helen Thomas. It didn’t matter what administration she was under, what political party was in charge, she’d be there to put their balls in a clamp and squeeze until she either got an answer or showed the world what was wrong.
But now she’s done, and not for a good reason, either.
Her decision comes after her controversial remarks about Israel hit the blogosphere. She later apologized for her comments, saying she “deeply regretted” making them.
Thomas remarked in video posted to RabbiLive.com that Jews in Israel should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go back home to Poland, Germany, America and everywhere else.”
The comments were made during a White House event on May 27 celebrating Jewish heritage. And they came during a time of international outrage at Israel for its attack on a Turkish ship that left nine dead. Israel has rejected calls for an investigation of the incident.
Two things bother me here:
- No one gives two shits when the various right-wing flamethrowers say outrageous things, so what’s up with Helen Thomas? Or is it because she had the temerity to not fellate Israel?
- In all likelihood, this will tank her legacy. When people watch a movie, they only tend to remember the ending (or at least it heavily colors their opinion of the rest), so anyone who’s all pissed off at her now will probably remember her more for this than all the good she did.
Actually, I’m a liar. More bothered me than just that, so let me get all hot and bothered here.
Helen Thomas says something vaguely inflammatory, the blogosphere and internet go berzerk, in response to it all the White House completely throws her under the bus, and she retires with heavy apology. Conservative media shitheads* say all kinds of terrible things, they don’t apologize, the politicians continue to hold onto them tightly, and they not only don’t retire but get a career boost from it all. What in the hell.
I hate to say it, but it really seems like the only difference was that it involved Israel.
* When other liberal media shitheads say terrible things, the difference is that Washington does distance itself from them. The rest remains the same. Occasionally they apologize.