89-year old press icon Helen Thomas has resigned and retired after being a fixture in the White House press room since the Eisenhower presidency.
Her resignation came as several politicians and journalists – both conservative and liberal – began to call for her to be fired. She was rebuked by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, who called her remarks “offensive and reprehensible.” She was dropped by her agency, she had an invitation to speak at a high school graduation rescinded, and the White House Correspondents Association also issued a rare statement, calling her comments “indefensible.”
In a May 27 interview with RabbiLive.com, Thomas stated:
Reporter: Any comments on Israel? We’re asking everybody today….
Thomas: Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.
Reporter: Ooh. Any better comments on Israel?
Thomas: [Chuckle] Remember, these people are occupied. And it’s their land. It’s not German. It’s not Poland.
Reporter: So where should they go? What should they do?
Thomas: They can go home.
Reporter: Where’s their home?
Thomas: Poland. Germany.
Reporter: So, you’re saying Jews should go back to Poland and Germany.
Thomas: And America and everywhere else.
It seems like Helen Thomas has taken her own advice and gotten the hell out of journalism.