White House reporter Helen Thomas retires after foot-in-mouth Anti-Jew remarks
Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas has retired at 89 after some career-ending proverbial foot-in-mouth comments.
Thomas was captured on video making some controversial Anti-Jew remarks during an interview with RabbiLive.com's Rabbi David Nesenoff -- namely that Jews need to "get the hell out of Palestine" and return to Poland and Germany. While the comments were made in late May, trouble started brewing for Thomas when the video emerged online late last week.
On Monday (June 7) morning, Hearst Newspapers (Thomas' employer), released a statement announcing her retirement.
"Helen Thomas announced Monday that she is retiring, effective immediately," reads the statement. "Her decision came after her controversial comments about Israel and the Palestinians were captured on videotape and widely disseminated on the Internet."
Thomas' fall from grace happened at lightning speed after the video picked up circulation on the web. Over the weekend, Thomas' agency dropped her as a client and Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, MD revoked an invitation to speak at their commencement ceremony.
Thomas said the following in a statement: "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."
According to excerpts from Thomas' biography, she is the daughter of a Lebanese immigrant who came to the United States in 1892.
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