Helen Thomas Bares All in Playboy

Helen Thomas bares it all in the April 2011 US edition of Playboy Magazine. And by “ALL,” I don’t mean her naked skin, I mean her naked, unashamed, dislike of Jews, or just Israel. You can decide.

Thomas, 90, the former “dean” of White House journalists, the Hearst reporter who received a front seat at White House press conferences and was given the honor of usually asking the first question of the POTUS, “resigned” in 2010 and was stripped of many honors after she said told a Jewish video blogger, Rabbi David Nesenoff, that Jews should leave Israel and return to Poland or points elsewhere. (Note: During the George W. Bush administration, Ari Fleischer, has her placed in a back row for questioning Bush on Iraq too much)

In the article, which has sullied my copy of Playboy, Thomas says, “I think they’re wonderful people [The Jews]. They had to have the most depth. They were leaders in civil rights. They’ve always had the heart for others but not for Arabs, for some reason. I’m not anti-Jewish; I’m anti-Zionist. I am anti Israel taking what doesn’t belong to it. If you have a home and you’re kicked out of that home, you don’t come and kick someone else out. Anti-Semite? The Israelis are not even Semites! They’re Europeans, and they’ve come from somewhere else. But even if they were Semites, they would still have no right to usurp other people’s land. There are some Israelis with a conscience and a big heart, but unfortunately they are too few.”

But I guess that is why she wants Jews to return to Poland and point elsewhere, and not just Zionists?

I won’t rehash her comments here; we are familiar with them. But what David Hochman’s article brings to light is that Thomas stands by her comments, and wishes that she had said them louder and earlier.

Interviewed at her favorite Palestinian restaurant near duPont Circle, and later at her apartment, she realized she made a slight faux pas when she offered Hochman a plate of ham sandwiches and then said, “Oh, I hope I haven’t served the wrong thing.”

Thomas notes that she knew she had touched the third rail of American politics by criticizing Israel and Jews, but she says, she knew exactly what she was doing — she was going for broke. She had reached the point of no return and was fed up. After leaving her position, she says that former President Jimmy Carter called to comfort her and discuss Israel’s violations, and some DC reporters formed a group of Jews for Helen Thomas.

Thomas goes on to say that she was against the Jackson Vanik bill that directed the USSR to free its Soviet Jews, because the Jews would go to Palestine. Adding, “I mean, they [the Palestinians] are living there and these people [Israeli Jews] want to come and take their homes and land and water and kill their children and kill them. How many are still under arrest in Israel—never been charged, never been tried, never been convicted? Thousands. Why?”

Later in the interview, she criticizes Holocaust remembrance in the Jewish community, and becomes outraged when Hochman tells her that people think she is demented. SHe cires tears at the thought that her obituary, one day, will lead with her White House lawn comments and not her decades as a journalist.

People used to say the read Playboy only for the articles. Now I see what they mean.

9 Comments

  1. tf

    3/19/2011 at 6:13 am

    If she doesn’t think ‘European Jews’ were ‘semites’ what did she think people meant when they confused for her for being Jewish?

  2. ugh

    3/19/2011 at 11:47 am

    It’s the line about the 2% that gets me.

    She can’t even extend to Jews a minority status, because it conflicts with the pot of hate she’s embraced.

  3. James has lost weight

    3/19/2011 at 2:34 pm

    Poland is due a New Prime Minister shortly, the incummbent Donald Tusk is due to step down in May. He has stated he won’t be standing for re-election.

    He was voted in after that dreadful Plane Crash.

    Could be a Deciding factor?

  4. josh

    3/19/2011 at 4:12 pm

    “Jews for Helen Thomas” Is this Purimshpiel?

  5. DK

    3/21/2011 at 9:00 am

    This was an ill-advised fight. The woman was 89 years old, and the darling, or rather, the mascot, of the media establishment.

    Sometimes it is better to not react and get all OFFENDED even when in and of itself, it is justified.

    Look around. Things are brewing. A little shtetl-restraint once in awhile is prudent.

    • Tom Morrissey

      3/23/2011 at 3:01 pm

      Well, except that she was involved in questioning US officials on Mideast policy– as, we now know, a scarcely-disguised advocate for Arab/Palestinian interests. It’s hard not to raise the issue, given her prominence in the WH press corps.

      I doubt she has many defenders, though one has some sympathy for her in light of her advanced age.

  6. abw

    3/21/2011 at 1:27 pm

    let us first know the basics of Christianity

    What is christianity?

  7. Tim Brown

    3/25/2011 at 4:10 pm

    Really enjoyed the enterview w/Helen Thomas and have to wonder whatever happend to freedom of speech and belief,put a bug on all our politicians walls and I’m sure you’d hear a lot worse than she said after all theres a lot of hatred in this country which is kept silent until someone explodes,I’d rather have it out in the open,after MLK’s assnt.I saw Blacks try to loot and burn the nations Capt. police were told to stay back,same as L.A. yet 21 kids are killed @Kent univ.I think Helen has a valid point,although out of respect for Jews murdered in the 40’s and being raised Christian I wear the star of David. I for one will truly miss Helen at the WH. and her spunk to ask the right questions.

  8. Barry

    3/26/2011 at 7:03 am

    Nothing has happened to freedom of speech, that’s why Helen Thomas can get away with saying that Jews control Congress and Wall Street. And if she wants to out herself as an Anti-Semitic (even though she doesn’t understand what the word means), hateful bigot then that’s her business and we’re allowed to think she’s a miserable old hag for saying those things. See, freedom of speech is great!

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