WASHINGTON, June 7, 2010 – Helen Thomas announced Monday that she is retiring, effective immediately.
Her decision came after her controversial comments about Israel and the Palestinians were captured on videotape and widely disseminated on the Internet.
Thomas later issued a statement: “I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon.’’
This is largely why you don’t see any pointed criticisms of Israel in the U.S. corporate media. Journalists like keeping their jobs too. It is, however, perfectly legitimate to consider all Arabs terrorists, and anyone trying to bring starving people food is now a “militant”. Those opinions tend to get you promoted.
For those that don’t catch the name, Thomas had been a White House reporter for over 40 years.