Yes, as a result of the great outcry and demands that she be released immediately as a White House correspondent, Helen Thomas has retired. Thanks to blogs like mine, and yes, I’m taking ALL the credit that I deserve in this (tongue planted in cheek), she has made the wise decision after she told the Jews to “get the hell out of Palestine.” It’s good to see those on the Left getting a taste of their own medicine.
The decision to retire came as Thomas faced rebuke from nearly every corner after video of her remarks during an interview with RabbiLive.com’s Rabbi David Nesenoff emerged online late last week.
“Those remarks were offensive and reprehensible,” Gibbs said during the Monday briefing, adding that Thomas’s remarks “do not reflect certainly most of the people here and certainly not those of the administration.” Thomas did not attend Monday’s briefing and journalists, perhaps sensing the closing of an era, were spotted taking pictures of Thomas’ empty front row.
Over the weekend, Thomas’ agency dropped her as a client and a high school that had asked Thomas to speak at its commencement ceremony revoked the invitation. Such political bigwigs as Dana Perino, Ari Fleischer, Rep. Rick Lazio, Lanny Davis and Joe Lockhart denounced Thomas’ remarks, as did many Jewish organizations.