Don’t Sanitize Helen Thomas's Toxic Prejudices. By Jeffrey Goldberg. Bloomberg, July 22, 2013.
Hamas Website Posts a Tribute to Helen Thomas. By Sharona Schwartz. The Blaze, July 22, 2013.
42 Seconds That Sullied Helen Thomas –and New Media. By Paula Cruickshank. Real Clear Politics, July 31, 2013.
Playboy Interview: Helen Thomas. By David Hochman. Playboy, April 2011. Also here, here.
Helen Thomas To Jews: “Get The Hell Out Of Palestine.” Video. Real Clear Politics, June 4, 2010. YouTube.
Juan Williams On Helen Thomas’s “Jews Go Home,” Comment. Video. Fox News Sunday, June 6, 2010. YouTube.
Helen Thomas to Joy Behar on Israel Comments: “I Should Have Kept My Mouth Shut.” The Huffington Post, February 17, 2011. Video at CNN, YouTube.
Longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas is being celebrated today as a trailblazer who showed the way for young female reporters and the avatar for tough-minded journalism. Thomas deserves great credit for making her way against the odds in a man’s world before becoming a fixture as the dean of the White House press corps and a leading member of the once-all male Gridiron Club. Doing so required grit, tenacity, and the kind of work ethic that enabled her to beat out many of her colleagues and win her a place among the elites of the Washington press corps. But even the most laudatory discussion of Thomas’s career must mention its end when she was forced to resign from her last post for an anti-Semitic outburst. In order to maintain the story line of Thomas as trailblazer, obituaries like the front-page article in today’s New York Times, and appreciations like the one in the Daily Beast by Eleanor Clift, must treat it as something that does not detract from her significance or an understandable expression of legitimate opinion that showed she didn’t care what others thought.
Helen Thomas’s death on July 20 brought to mind my last encounter with her, a couple of years ago, not long after she gave full vent to her almost comically hostile anti-Israel views.