Rabbi Nessenoff released the anticipated part two of his interview with Helen Thomas. In actuality it is more like an extended version of the first one (See below). Yesterday I wrote that Ms. Thomas should not be fired from her columnist job at Hearst. I felt that there were much bigger Jew-hating fish to fry.
Today Thomas was fired (or forced to retire)
“Helen Thomas announced Monday that she is retiring, effective immediately,” read a statement from Hearst Newspapers on Monday. “Her decision came after her controversial comments about Israel and the Palestinians were captured on videotape and widely disseminated on the Internet.”
Thomas said in a statement that, “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.’’
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.
Thomas’ words were awful and and anti-Semitic and as I mentioned when I posted the first video, it is not the first time she has made anti-Semitic comments. Throughout the day we heard comments, such as I sat next to her for seven years and if you think the comments on the video were bad….
This new video embedded below adds about another minute to the interview, her horrific comments are still there, but you also see the other-side of Thomas urging kids to consider a career in journalism. It kind of makes her comments stand out more in comparison, perhaps making them more offensive.
Two things to point out about the video, On the other side of the Camera was a Rabbi, his son, and his son’s school buddy, all three were wearing yarmulkas, Thomas should have had the self-control to understand that maybe she should tone down the rhetoric a bit. The other is in the middle of her statement, you hear the woman holding her arm say, “Helen can be blunt” trying to get Thomas to tone it down, that plea is ignored.
Here it is the anticipated Helen Thomas Interview Part II, Courtesy of Rabbi Nessenoff.