On Monday Hearst Inc. told Helen Thomas to get the hell out of their newspapers. Thomas who had been a columnist for Hearst since 2000 but had covered the White House since 1960, revealed herself to be bigoted, ignorant of world history and probably anti-semetic when she told an interviewer in a video that "the Jews should get the hell out of Palestine. Its not their country. They are occupiers. They should go back to Germany and Poland and the United States".
Thomas, sounding like a spokesman for Hamas and showing the same ignorance of history, was quickly criticized and ridiculed by everyone from Jon Stewart to the White House when Robert Gibbs called her comments "reprehensible".
Thomas actually tipped her hand the day before when she wanted to know in a White House press briefing why the White House hadnt been more forceful in criticizing Israel for its action in stopping a Gaza bound ship from trying to run their blockade.
Thomas, as were many ignorant people around the world who expressed "outrage", was oblivious to the fact that under international law the blockade was perfectly legal and was so was Israel's intervention in preventing the ships from running the blockade. She was also oblivious to the fact that the Gaza activists had intentionally sought a confrontation, attacked the Israeli commandos legally boarding the ship first and brought the whole episode on themselves.
Thomas, who is of Lebanese descent in all probability was still harboring anger and resentment over Israel's incursion into Lebanon a few years ago to destroy Hezbollah after their being attacked by Hezbollah rockets, since just about everything she had to say which was caught on the YouTube video was anti-semetic, angry and irrational.
Which quickly resulted in Thomas being dropped by her speaking agency and had a recent speaking engagement canceled. She was finally told by Hearst to leave or be fired. She chose to "retire". But so far no word on whether she intends on "getting the hell out" of the news business and going back to Lebanon.
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