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The man who brought down Helen Thomas

rabbidavid.jpgThe single strangest element of the Helen Thomas debacle is how, exactly, she was spurred to make the statement that ended her career. As I noted this morning, it came in a friendly interview with Rabbi David Nesenoff, who recently launched a video blog titled His mission: is dedicated to preparing, repairing, caring, and sparing the world ... and doing so now ... in real time as captured on video at real LIVE events with real LIVE people concerning real LIVE issues reported by a real LIVE rabbi. Israel, politics, family, religion, the arts, peace, war, controversy, celebrity, events, celebrations, rallies, sermons, and of course even, if not especially, comedy make up our lives. The rabbi must sometimes leave the pulpit and mingle with life’s fellows and foibles.

Nesenoff tells Michael Calderone that he approached Thomas on May 27 not because he -- like many, many conservatives -- had problems with her views on Israel. He talked to her because she was "an icon," and subsequently talked to Hearst Newspapers as the company decided whether or not to fire her. And since then he's been interviewed by Fox News and had a hit video on Drudge.

Here, below the fold, is a pretty typical example of his pre-Thomas work -- an "undercover investigation" of a mall in which he asked retailers about Purim.

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By David Weigel  |  June 7, 2010; 2:09 PM ET
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