June 7th, 2010
12:37 PM ET

Helen Thomas retires

Thomas was the longest-serving White House journalist.

Longtime White House reporter Helen Thomas has retired effective immediately, Hearst Corporation said Monday.

The media conglomerate had employed Thomas as a syndicated columnist for its newspaper chain. Her retirement comes amid a furor created last week by her controversial comments regarding Jewish people.

In a posting on her website on Friday, Thomas apologized for her remarks. "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," she wrote.

But the apology was not enough to silence critics, who began a rising chorus of calls for Thomas to be either terminated or suspended by Hearst.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Terry Douglas

    Wow...such few intellectual remarks. I expect more of Americans. Freedom of Speech does NOT mean that people can say what they want, and expect nobody to be offended. She said some very racist things to a rabbi and his son. If she were just some woman off of the street, then she would just be another typical liberal leftist bigot. This is not the case. She is a public figure, and therefore her actions have consequences. If Obama were to say that all White Americans should get the hell out America and go back to Europe, what would your thoughts be then? I hardly think anyone here would argue that he is expressing his freedom to say whatever he feels. What if he said, all arabs should be shot dead for following a violent religion which targets Christians and Jews as the enemy of God. Would you argue that it was his right to such things? I feel bad for Jews today, they seem to be the international scapegoat and subjected to more hatred then terrorists for christ's sake (example flotilla). Maybe if they bombed churches every time someone said anything bad about them the world would stop targeting them as an enemy? It all seems very familiar.

    June 10, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  2. Luke

    They don't need to Poland or Germany. They already have plenty of New York and South Florida. If that's not enough, may I suggest the bottom of the ocean?

    June 8, 2010 at 11:25 pm |
  3. David

    Jason, the killing of the Palestinian people are offensive, not a few words that are true.

    June 8, 2010 at 8:51 pm |
  4. David

    The world is looking at Israelis,an the killing of all those people.You should stop while you have the chance to. you are not defending yourself no more.

    June 8, 2010 at 8:34 pm |
  5. Prostak

    Jew population in USA is just 2,2% .
    Just 1% of US population read and watch Jew owned media.
    Their " significance" in USA is extremely exaggerated
    by international financial criminals

    June 8, 2010 at 8:04 pm |
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