Unfortunately Helen Thomas doesn't get it, and interviewer Soledad O'Brien did not ask the questions that would have helped the viewer to understand what was behind Helen Thomas' statements. (if you cannot see two videos below, please click here)
SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Do you think that you made a mistake and deserved to be fired?Sorry Helen but no one gets fired for being critical of Israel, not even in Israel.
HELEN THOMAS: Hell no.
O'BRIEN: Why do you think they fired you?
THOMAS: Don't touch the third rail, which is Israel. You can never mention Israel without being immediately called anti-Semitic, lose your job, or anything else.
Her comments back in June were anti-Semitic, she told Israeli Jews to go back to Germany and Poland [where they faced the horrors of the Holocaust]. Even if you want to give her the benefit of the doubt that her June comments weren't Anti-Semitic, her speech at Wayne State at the beginning of December left no doubt.
During her December speech at Wayne State, at a conference discussing discrimination against Arabs she launched into an anti-Semitic tirade about how those rich Jews control America
Thomas talked about "the whole question of money involved in politics."It was almost as if Thomas was reading directly from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, at an anti-Bias conference!!!
"We are owned by propagandists against the Arabs. There's no question about that. Congress, the White House, and Hollywood, Wall Street, are owned by the Zionists. No question in my opinion. They put their money where there mouth is…We're being pushed into a wrong direction in every way.
During her interview and speech, Thomas often used the term "Zionists" negatively, saying that Dennis Ross, President Obama's adviser to the Middle East, was a Zionist.Gee Whiz Ms O'Brien, do you think you could have asked her a question or two about her Wayne State Speech?
"Obama, he puts in charge for the Arab world a Zionist like Dennis Ross…You don't put a Zionist in charge of the Muslim world in the White House."
There are some people who believe that any criticism of Israel is Antisemitism. That belief is as ignorant as Antisemitism itself. There is however, a great deal of crossover between hatred of Israel and hatred of the Jews. To find out what people really mean you need to examine the words they use. Make no mistake about it, Thomas uttered the word "Zionists" but her words showed that she meant the word "Jews." What Thomas said in December, that Congress, the White House, Hollywood and Wall Street are owned by Zionists, was a repetition of the anti-Semitic stereotypes that have been used for centuries to incite hatred of Jews. Ms. Thomas is nothing but a bigoted hater and that was the reason she was fired, not because she hates Israel (most of the progressive media is anti-Israel). She was canned because she is a low-life hater, and anti-Semite.
It's a shame that Soledad O'Brien did not have either the guts or the journalistic skills to ask the questions necessary to expose her.