Not letting up on Helen Thomas
Abe Foxman, who as national director of the Anti-Defamation League acts as a sort of umpire of anti-Semitic scandals, demands more apologies from Helen Thomas:
Helen Thomas's statement of regret does not go far enough. Her remarks were outrageous, offensive and inappropriate, especially since she uttered them on a day the White House had set aside to celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of American Jews during Jewish American Heritage Month. Her suggestion that Israelis should go back to Poland and Germany is bigoted and shows a profound ignorance of history. We believe Thomas needs to make a more forceful and sincere apology for the pain her remarks have caused.
This is an almost entirely one-sided story -- if anyone has leaped to defend Thomas, it's escaped me. Many conservatives see Thomas as a representative of bias in the entire Washington press corps; that press corps considers Thomas a novelty, the Betty White or Alan Arkin of the political fourth estate.