My “association” with Helen Thomas began Friday June 4th, 2010 when my friend Rabbi David Nesenoff sent me a video which contained a short explosive interview he had conducted with Helen Thomas at the White House on Jewish Heritage Day. On tape the veteran White House correspondent gave a statement that was seen as telling the Jews to go face another Holocaust. That was probably one of the more pleasant things Thomas publicly said about Jews during the last three years of her life. Although the video exposed her as an anti-Semite, it was covered as if her comment was simply anti-Israel.
David asked me if there was anything I could do with the video. He explained he’d already offered it to the mainstream media and even to The Jewish Week, a weekly progressive newspaper for the Jewish community, but no one wanted to take on Ms. Thomas who at the time was seen as the dean of the White House press corps.
Taking up David’s challenge, I guaranteed the video would have a half a million hits before he turned on the computer again after the Sabbath (I was wrong–it was over 750 thousand).
I quickly wrote it up for The Lid, Breitbart’s Big Journalism, and sent it to Scott Baker (who at the time was running Breitbart TV). To help the posts gain some traction I sent out tweets and emails to most of the large sites. Before leaving on a five-hour car ride to my brother’s house for the weekend, the video was posted on the all the “Big” sites and as a banner Drudge headline.
Turning on the TV news five hours later, the same Helen Thomas video they had rejected a few days earlier was dominating the headlines of the mainstream media .
While Ms Thomas’ comments were horrible and very anti-Semitic, my follow-up post disagreed with the calls that Ms. Thomas should be fired for her anti-Semitic rantings. Helen Thomas was merely a symptom of the problem, not the disease, her firing would be like treating HIV with a band-aid.The mainstream media which is politically correct about every other ethnic group, features anti-Semites all of the time without barely a peep about their hatred. Even today, bigots such as Al Sharpton and Pat Buchanan are featured on TV and print media. But three days after the video was published, Thomas announced her (forced?) resignation from Hearst Newspapers (June 7).
In the three years between that video going viral and her death Helen Thomas, unencumbered by a “front line” media job, grew more aggressive in making anti-Semitic comments, Her colleagues in the media protected her by claiming her slanders were political, not hateful. Their claim is that she wasn’t anti-Semitic, but simply anti-Israel—a dangerous affront to the truth.
For example Michael Calderone wrote at Huffington Post:
Thomas, a former WHCA president who covered 10 administrations before retiring from Hearst newspapers in 2010 over controversial comments about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Charles Lewis former investigative producer for ABC News and the CBS’s 60 Minutes created a website to honor “independent” journalists.One of the site’s initial honorees was Ms. Thomas. In their chronology of her career the site reported:
After making controversial comments about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Thomas retires from Hearst Newspapers.
Proving that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, on December 2nd, almost six months to the day the original video went viral, another Lid scoop reported that Helen Thomas spoke at an anti-Arab bias workshop in Dearborn Michigan spewing more anti-Semitism. At the anti-Bias conference, Thomas explained that she absolutely stood by her ugly comments about Jews made earlier this year and added the anti-Semitic canard that Zionists control U.S. foreign policy and other American institutions.
“We are owned by propagandists against the Arabs. There’s no question about that. Congress, the White House, and Hollywood, Wall Street, are owned by the Zionists. No question in my opinion. They put their money where there mouth is…We’re being pushed into a wrong direction in every way.
The video below is her speech in Dearborn.
After her stint at the anti-Arab bias conference, Thomas kept spewing hatred . In March 2011 Playboy interviewed her
When asked by the interviewer if she had a personal antipathy toward Jews themselves Thomas labeled the Jews as Arab-haters and denied they had a historical connection to the Jewish State. She made some renewed claims about the worldwide “Jewish” conspiracy a little later in the interview.
PLAYBOY: That stereotype of Jewish control has been around for more than a century. Do you actually think there’s a secret Jewish conspiracy at work in this country?
THOMAS: Not a secret. It’s very open. What do you mean secret?
PLAYBOY: Well, for instance, explain the connection between Hollywood and what’s happening with the Palestinians.
THOMAS: Power over the White House, power over Congress.
PLAYBOY: By way of contributions?
THOMAS: Everybody is in the pocket of the Israeli lobbies, which are funded by wealthy supporters, including those from Hollywood. Same thing with the financial markets. There’s total control.
Helen Thomas was a trail blazer. When it comes to the White House press corps, she broke the “glass ceiling,’ she mentored new reporters, and always pressed President’s and their Press Secretaries for honest answers to difficult questions.
A Journalist’s job is telling the truth. While the mainstream media whitewashed Ms.Thomas’ “go back to Germany” statement as about the “Israel- Palestinian conflict.” That’s a lie. And if the original statement first published seven years ago didn’t prove it, her comments in Dearborn and to Playboy should be enough corroboration to prove what she meant
When Helen Thomas said the Palestinians were in the Holy Land long before any European Zionists, she was being historically inaccurate and biased against Israel. But when she said the media Congress, the White House, and Hollywood, Wall Street are owned by Zionists, Thomas was using traditional anti-Semitic libels straight out of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
When Roger Ailes passed away earlier this year, the mainstream media focused on the scandal that cost him his position running Fox News. When Helen Thomas died on July 20th, 2013 she was celebrated by the mainstream media as the trailblazer she was. However in telling her story, the media continues to ignore and/or falsified her entire story. Her career was not ruined by an anti-Israel comment, her career was ruined because she was a vicious anti-Semite–and that hatred began to be exposed on this site seven years ago.