Monday, June 7, 2010

Staying too long

You need to know when to retire. After 80, people do start to lose it, and risk destroying the reputation it took 60 years to build.

Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas has issued an apology after saying in an interview that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine.”

Thomas, a longtime White House correspondent who now writes a column for Hearst newspapers, made the comments May 27 after a White House Jewish heritage event.

Asked by Rabbi David Nesenoff of if she had “any comments on Israel,” Thomas replied, “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.”

Thomas went on to say that the Palestinian people “are occupied and it’s their land” and that Israelis should “go home” -- to Poland, Germany, America “and everywhere else.”

A high school graduation speech by veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas has been canceled because of controversial remarks she made about Israel, the school's principal said in an e-mail Sunday.

Last year, Craig Crawford penned "Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do" with Helen Thomas.

But don't look for a follow-up collaboration between the two. Crawford saw that Thomas' agency had dropped her and had this reaction to their reaction:

"I concur with the following response from my agent to Helen Thomas' lamentable remarks about Israel, and will no longer be working with Helen on our book projects."

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