Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Katrina vanden Heuvel asks "Isn't There Some Room for Helen Thomas?"

New York Rabbi David Nesenoff, the man behind the camera that videoed veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas telling Jews to "get the hell out of Palestine" says since Thomas' abrupt retirement he has endured an "overload" of threatening e-mails.

“Why can’t we all just get along?” ~ Rodney King, 1991

Both the Nation and WaPo are running an article that carries a brightly burning torch for disgraced ex-journalist Helen Thomas. "Gee whiz she was so wonderful when she was." That's NOT an actual quote. The key words here are "she was" - and let's not blame this one on "old age" - we all know Thomas had her wits about her! She knew exactly what she was saying when she said it. Ari Fleischer is somewhere smiling right now. Hey, maybe Helen T is smiling too, for different reasons. You see, as with any topic, it's all in how you perceive it, all "in the spin."

Laura Flanders adds this via a blog posting::: "...one can't help thinking that the grande dame of the White House press corps would have gotten less grief if she'd purposely cheated the financial system and took taxpayer money to recover, or killed eleven and destroyed an ecosystem in an avoidable deep water drilling disaster, or let 29 men die in a push for more mining profits. Or shot nine men dead -- in the head -- in international waters."

Two "old sayings" come to mind - "The bigger they are the harder they fall," and "There's always room at the top." So reporters and journalists everywhere, congratulations, you've moved up in the world by one notch.

Everybody else ::: How do you view "the destroyed" - people like Tiger Woods, Eliot Spitzer, Helen Thomas, "Dick Nixon" and who-knows-how-many-more people in the public eye who have been stripped naked and left out in the open for the vultures to pick at? We're all human and we all make mistakes. I wonder whatever happened to Judas?

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