Media Thought Police Crucify Helen Thomas
In another example of how one-sided the American media is in framing the issue of Israel, veteran journalist and opinion columnist Helen Thomas has been chased into retirement because of some remarks she gave when questioned on the street by a blogger.
Asked to give any comments to Israel during a week when much of the world is condemning the nation for its commando attack of the Gaza bound aid ship, the MV Mavi Marmara, Helen Thomas said, “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine. Remember, these people are occupied, and it’s their land. Not German and not Poland’s”.
When asked where they should go she said, “Poland, Germany, America…anywhere else.” Many articles covering this story have used word “Jew” in their headlines and in their descriptions of what Helen Thomas said, attempting to paint the political reality of the situation in Israel/Palestine that Thomas opined on as a slur against Jewish people. In fact, she never once used the word “Jew” in her remarks– the interviewer interjected it after she had made her comments. At the end of the blogger’s video flashed a message that referenced the Holocaust, which indeed was a horrible event but had nothing to do with Helen Thomas’ statement except to shame the viewer out of any thougtful analysis of the issue and put forth the message that the horrendous actions of the Nazis justify the western powers stealing the land of the Palestinian people and giving it to foreigners.