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Quoted: Helen Thomas on armchair journalism


Helen Thomas (Richard Kern for Vice)



"Everyone with a cell phone thinks they're a photographer. Everyone with a laptop thinks they're a journalist. But they have no training and they have no idea of what we keep to in terms of standards."

-- Helen Thomas in an interview with Vice magazine, conducted weeks ago and meant for an upcoming issue but which the lad mag published online Wednesday after the veteran journalist's sudden downfall over comments that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine."

By The Reliable Source  |  June 9, 2010; 7:45 PM ET
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I am Firmly Convinced that Helen Thomas Knew Full Well the significance of the words she spoke.
I feel that she was with the intent to retire at that time; and decided to go out with a bang, by speaking the TRUTH that was On Her Mind.
I applaud her position.

Posted by: Arjuna1 | June 9, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

The Holocaust - IBM and Helen Thomas have something in common !
Details & links -- www.ibmTheWidowMaker.com

Posted by: MadamePJBailey | June 9, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Helen ("get the hell out of") Thomas should be questioned in very close detail about her views.

For example, 75% of British Palestine became Jordan, 25% Israel.

There are Arab members of the Israeli parliament. But upon the founding of modern Israel, Jordan expelled all its Jews, confiscated their property and savings and never made reparations. And, in Jordan today, no Jew, not no Israeli, no Jew is allowed to be a citizen or own land.

So what I'd like to know from Helen Thomas is where she believes surviving Jordanian-Jews in Israel should "go back" to?

This point alone demonstrates how hateful and ignorant Helen Thomas's statements were, and shows that decent people would not continue to give her paychecks for "political opinion" actually based in willful denial of facts in order that an ugly bigotry may be furthered.

The woman is a monster. If you got enough of her kind of monster together into a big group of monsters, you would have a lot of dead Jews.

Posted by: ScottRose | June 10, 2010 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas, well-known expert on journalistic professionalism and objectivity. Give me a frickin' break.

Posted by: mbrachman | June 10, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Nothing like picking on an old lady, is there. The rabbi did a Don Imus on her. Notice that no one is examining his agenda. Thomas is right--everyone with a phone and a laptop thinks he's a journalist. And this is the sad result.

Posted by: femmeflick | June 10, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

When you become a journalist, you do not cease to be a citizen. You retain all the rights of citizenship, including the right of free speech. Thomas was expressing her personal opinion, not being quoted on the record for a journalistic piece. The rabbi's hatchet job included no disclaimer that he was recording his massacre for publication; thus, Thomas had no chance to say her comments were off the record. Even an opinion columnist has a right to personal opinions that may never fully see the light of day in a column. Journalists cannot exist in a vacuum. We have a right to opinions. Our challenge is to remain conscious of our personal biases and do everything we can to keep these out of published journalism. Published journalism. The rabbi was deceitful. To call what he did journalism is to sully both the word and the profession, as well as the First Amendment. love, judy j.

Posted by: judyj10 | June 10, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas was bushwhacked by an activists with an agenda and ha history of making anti-Mexican comments and more. The fact is that the mainstrea media distorted her comments and took them out of context and even edited what was said int heir reporting. Helen Thomas, for example, NEVER used the word "Jew" or "Jews." She was specifically asked and she responded to the context of the question about "Israel."

Yet most media, including this one, ran stories reporting that Helen Thomas said "Jews" should "Get the Hell out of Palestine." She did not say that but I guess in this country of biased mainstream news media coverage when it comes to the Middle East, lying and distorting are accepted journalistic practices.

There are many people who believe strongly that Israel should leave Palestine and that clearly means int he debate that is taking place over two-states, withdrawing from the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, occupied in 1967.

Her comments can be criticized in a political context but to turn it in to an incident of anti-Semitism is totally outrageous and shows you the depths to which some pro-Israel activists in the United States will go to destroy people like Helen Thomas who is better known for her stubborn insistence to ask questions about America's hypocritical double standards over Israel's occupation, brutal assaults and more. The Goldstone report was accurate and precise in detailing the cruelty of some of Israel's soldiers -- not all but some and Helen Thomas led the questions on that topic. She was certainly an irritant to the pro-Israel agenda.

The conduct was shameful.
Ray Hanania
www.RadioChicagoland.com

Posted by: rayhanania | June 11, 2010 5:45 AM | Report abuse

The massive availability of technology puts eyes and ears everywhere, and it only serves to publish the colorful state of the human condition faster and with more devilish efficacy than ever before.
Nothing has changed except that the wielders of power creatively devise more cunning tricks to evade the public eyes, and with Hollywood efficiency of make-up and make-believe.
HT speak your mind, its just another of millions of diverse opinions about Israel, but you dont live here so havent a blinkin clue how good we are to all our neighbours, including the Palestinians.


Posted by: aaronlevyxox | June 11, 2010 5:48 AM | Report abuse

A computer is a tool. It's what you do with it that makes the difference.

There are "professional" journalists/media personalities who are less reliable than my neighbors. Having said that, I don't want my neighbors to be my only news source.

Those who accept the mantle of "journalist" are responsible for what they report, whether they're a blogger with their own website or paid by the New York Times. It's a heavy responsibility, so take it seriously and do it right.

Posted by: cfow1 | June 11, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

It's all blown beyond any measures...

Her opinions suck, but who said you're not allowed to have sucky opinions?

Check this out... Funny as hell but hits bulls eye:

http://www.entertainmedaily.com/2010/06/helen-thomas-deserves-a-punch-in-the-face-but-rabbi-david-nesenoff-should-be-kicked-in-the-balls/

What do you guys think???

Posted by: shlomitandroypethostel | June 11, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Thomas was specifically asked about Jews, not just Israelis (see http://www.balloon-juice.com/2010/06/08/you-got-played/).

"Q: Where is home?

Thomas: Poland. Germany.

Q: So you are saying Jews should go back to Poland?

Thomas: And America and everywhere else. Why push people out who have lived their for centuries?"

The idea that she was bushwacked is absurd. Again, from the transcript:

"Q: Today they are covering the Jewish Heritage Month.

Thomas: ... and meet the President.

A: Any comments on Israel? We’re asking everyone today, any comments on.."

So a guy, with a video camera in your face, at a public event, asks her about Israel and she tells the Jews to go back to Germany & Poland, you know, the places where 90%+ of the jews died in the holocaust, and that was just an accident on her part? There essentially aren't any Jews from Poland or Germany because they all died in the holocaust. The few that are left are survivors of the holocaust and you're going to ask them to go back? They can't go back and she knows it.

It's a flat-out anti-Semitic statement that she thought she could get away with because She's Helen Thomas for gosh sakes. The rules don't apply to her.

Posted by: plucky1 | June 11, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Bravo Helen! You are very brave to tell things castrated media is afraid to say. Media in this country is not any better than media in communist countries. They will sing only official song and will always attack those who tell the truth!
Once more...BRAVO Helen and thank you!

Posted by: joplin001 | June 11, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

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