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Wednesday, October 13 2010

Did Helen Thomas' Apology Have Any Meaning?

Helen_thomasI hope this is the last time I ever have to blog anything about Helen Thomas. After she told Rabbi David Nesenoff on video that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine," the veteran White House correspondent resigned.

In a new interview, (from AP's summary) Thomas told Scott Spears of Ohio's WMRN radio:

I hit the third rail. You cannot criticize Israel in this country and survive . . .

She issued an apology, she told the radio interviewer, because people were upset and she thought she had hurt people. "At the same time, I had the same feelings about Israel's aggression and brutality," Thomas said.

She's entitled to her views, but if you listen to the full interview, you can't help but wonder if her apology had any real meaning.

I don't miss her.



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I especially liked the "I'm not an anti-semite... because I am a semite, and they're not." (Around the 30 minute mark). I assume "they" meant Jews.

I personally thought her remarks on the camera were anti-semitic, although she may not be an anti-semite herself (I do differentiate anti-Israel vs anti-Semite), but this interview was a red flag. Or maybe she just made the same stupid mistake twice.

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