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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 10, 2010 / 29 Sivan 5770

Helen Thomas Controversy Is Over One Word

By Bob Tyrrell



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | That did not take long. Helen Thomas says Israelis should "get the hell out of Palestine" and should return to Germany, Poland and the USA and poof she is gone. She does not even leave a trace. Was it the rough language, or was it the offense to our ally Israel? I think it was the rough language. The remarks toward Israel were to be expected. If she had only said "heck," she might have stayed.


Her employer, Hearst News Service, announced her retirement. She has made a valiant effort to stay. She said on her personal website three days before that her words do not reflect her "heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance." Yet the damage had been done the day before, and so she was no more. Let that be a lesson to all young reporters. Say "heck."


The speakers agency that handled her, Nine Speakers, dropped her during the weekend. The high school that had her scheduled to speak, Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Md., canceled her. Even the White House chimed in, calling her remarks "offensive and reprehensible."


The Israelis should not feel bad. Helen pops off lines like this all the time. I recall a dinner with her back in 1994. Former President George H.W. Bush was our host. She was her ingratiating self. Then she looked me in the eye and said: "You've got to admit. He is a very dear man." "Who, Helen?" I inquired. "Bill Clinton. He is a very dear man." Well, yes, I guess that is true if you don't get too close.


There was a very suggestive interview with Helen Thomas by the late Tim Russert back in 2007 that suggests her pull on official Washington and tells you much about her politics. After all, it was 10 or so minutes on CNBC.


Asked about Ronald Reagan, she was deceptive. "Well, it was interesting," she observed. She found him "very, very, likable," but "he definitely had an agenda and was a social Darwinist. 'If you can't make it, tough' was, you know, survival of the fittest. This is the whole approach."


As to why she said that Bush II was the worst president, she replied: "Well, at that time, I could see that we were going into a war, an unprovoked war, a pre-emptive war with Iraq, and I was very upset with that because I thought it was the wrong move. And just all of, you know, the lack of understanding about what was really going on in the Middle East and everywhere else."


But there was still Clinton to keep the home fires burning: "Well, I think there was a lot of excitement. But I think the Clintons had suffered a lot on the campaign trail and they had a lot of chips on their shoulders about the press. So I think there was a lot of excitement, but I think that the president and Mrs. Clinton didn't feel that the press was exactly with them." Syntax was never Helen Thomas' greatest strength, but you get her drift. Republicans are bad, Democrats good.


At the very end, Russert turned to the Middle East. She was asked whether her Middle Eastern background affected her thoughts on the area. "Of course," she said. "I mean, how would I now know as much as I do know about the Middle East, and how would by that interested? (Syntax again?) But that doesn't mean I'm unfair. I do think it's wrong to take somebody else's land and displace them."


So it was not anything about Israel that got her canned. It was that dread word "hell." Journalists had best use "heck." They can say what they want about Israel.


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