For anyone who doubts that there is a double standard regarding racism in the U.S. media, read Marty Peretz's blog post (New Republic, 6/19/10) on the "crooked little emirate" of Dubai, in which he glibly comments that "Arabs are deft at disguising reality." Peretz will certainly be able to continue to freely publish his anti-Arab screeds with little condemnation, yet Helen Thomas was pushed out of her job and rebuked by President Obama himself (AP, 6/8/10) and some pundits (FAIR blog, 6/14/10) for her comments telling Israelis to "get the hell out of Palestine" and to "go home" to Poland, […]
People have interpreted the Helen Thomas controversy any number of ways.Some were disappointed in her remarks, since they are overshadowing the fact that for years she's asked questions about issues that the rest of the press corps didn't care about. Others have suggested that Thomas' questions about war and the killings of civilians were a warning sign,and that other journalists should have stepped in to stop her sooner. That's the view of the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz, who led his piece today (6/14/10) with this: There she goes again. That was the eye-rolling reaction in the White House pressroom when […]
I have a question for the surprising number of people who are defending Helen Thomas' comments: Don't you think, given Thomas' record, that if she thought she had said something she could stand behind, she would be standing behind it?
Think Progress (6/7/10) claims Sarah Palin's criticism of the press regarding Helen Thomas is wrong, but I can't even figure out what she's trying to say. Here's Palin's Twitter statement: Helen Thomas press pals condone racism? Heaven forbid "esteemed" press corps represent society's enlightened elite; Rest of us choose truth. "Enlightened elite" would seem to be sarcasm–Palin does not actually think the "elite" is "enlightened"–but so would "Heaven forbid," suggesting that she thinks the press corps actually should represent this non-enlightened elite. I honestly can't puzzle out her intended message. As for Thomas' statement itself, the message was all too […]
FAIR associate Sam Husseini has blogged his reaction (Husseini.org, 7/4/09) to a Barack "Obama Photo Op with Helen Thomas" in which the president "came with cupcakes to wish Helen Thomas a happy birthday": "Now, if only he'd take her questions." Obama claimed they have a "common birthday wish"–for a "real healthcare reform bill"–but Thomas is not in favor of Obama's plan, she's for single-payer. Last week I bumped into Helen Thomas at her stomping ground, Mama Ayesha's restaurant in Washington, D.C., and she stressed the single-payer failure on the part of Obama. I asked her if I was right, that […]