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I have an axe to grind, but unlike the New York Times, I freely admit it.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Helen Thomas and the Media

Now that Helen Thomas is gone from the White House press room it comes to light that nearly every reporter knew she was an anti-Semite. Her anti-Israel politics were apparently well-known. What is even worse is she was given a front seat in the press room as a reward for her longevity despite the fact she had not reported straight news for more than a decade. She was an opinion columnist in a sea of active reporters and her abrasive style was extremely unprofessional. Despite this the reporters in the room, like those in the 60's who knew JFK was sleeping around and never reported it until years later, never voiced a complaint or had the decency to tell the American public who was working in their White House and had access to the President. Maybe it's not a surprise that the White House Press Corp was so close-mouthed about it, but it is disappointing and makes me wonder what else they are not telling.