The recent departure of Helen Thomas from the White House press corps struck a blow in favor of good journalism that has taken a battering in recent years partly because of this grand dame of Washington scribes.
For those who have been on another planet, Thomas was fired as a Hearst columnist for saying the Jews of Israel should “get the hell out of Palestine” and go back to Germany, Poland, and the U.S.
press corps cleansed?
Both during her long stint as a “straight reporter” with UPI and later as an opinion columnist for Hearst, Helen Thomas asked “questions” that in reality were political speeches. Anyone desiring a more “in-depth” look at the Thomas style is invited to peruse a 16-month-old article by this writer (“Helen Thomas: Symbol of Media Decline” — Accuracy in Media AIM Report, February 13, 2009).