A note by Maynard

Perhaps you’ve heard that Helen Thomas is back in the news with her hatemongering.

…Thomas, who grew up in Detroit the daughter of Lebanese immigrants, was in Dearborn today for an Arab Detroit workshop on anti-Arab bias. The Free Press asked her about her comments, which critics have said were anti-Israel.

“I paid the price for that,” said Thomas, a longtime White House correspondent. “But it was worth it, to speak the truth.”

“The Zionists have to understand that’s their country, too. Palestinians were there long before any European Zionists.”

Thomas claimed that “You can not say anything (critical) about Israel in this country.”

In a speech that drew a standing ovation, Thomas talked about “the whole question of money involved in politics.”

“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

Yep, you can see why she gets a standing ovation. Gotta stop those Zionists who control the world and steal the land. What reasonable person could object to that? I can’t imagine why “critics have said” her comments were anti-Israel. (This is Maynard’s sarcastic manner of pointing out an example of how the mainstream media may insert neutral wording to soften its reports so as to satisfy requirements of political correctness.)

Anyway, that’s just the back story. Now let’s get to the punch line.

Helen Thomas graduated from Detroit’s Wayne State University in 1942 with a bachelor’s degree in English. And Wayne State was indeed proud of their distinguished alumna. So proud that, ten years ago, they created an annual award in her name. And do you know what award they named after her? Here’s the most recent presentation, trumpeted on a Wayne State web page

… Wayne State University’s Department of Communication will honor Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr. and Lynette Clemetson, founding managing editor of TheRoot.com with 2009 Helen Thomas “Spirit of Diversity in the Media” Awards. Three local media professionals will be honored for their work “In the Spirit of Diversity.”..

Yes, you read that right. The Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity in the Media award.

Like I said, you can’t make this stuff up.

To be fair, I should report the aftermath. The university has announced the award will be renamed.

The alma mater of journalist Helen Thomas will not bestow an award that had been given in her name, making the decision after the 90-year-old scribe made more controversial comments about Jewish people.

Wayne State University, the Detroit, Michigan, institution that Thomas graduated from in 1942, said in a statement Friday that the school will no longer give out the Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity in the Media Award.

The report quoted above is from CNN, and you can see their carefully-worded introduction. “Controversial” isn’t exactly the adjective that comes to mind in describing Thomas’s anti-Semitism. I suspect they would have used more honest verbiage had the attack been made against a group other than the Jews.

Update: Helen Thomas’s speech on YouTube. Witness the banality of evil, measured out in sweet, reasoned tones, backed up by distorted history and half-truths. It’s deeply disturbing stuff, that highly-placed people believe in such despicable nonsense, and rise to cheer it on. Look at Helen Thomas and you can better understand how Hitler rose to power in an enlightened nation that should have known better.

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  2. makeshifty says:

    Oh gee whiz! If a conservative had said what she said with much more subtlety the news outlets and commentators would be outraged. It would be all over the news. You know why? Because it would be assumed the conservative was a Christian Klan member, and we should all be afraid of them. But Thomas? She’s of…uh…Middle Eastern descent, and she’s just sticking up for her own people, er…right? (I may be mistaken, but I think most Lebanese are Christian) There are times when their stupidity is too obvious to bear! My understanding, and this comes from supporters of Israel here, and Arabs from the region, is that the Palestinians are a fiction. The people are not, but they’ve been kept in a continual state of victimhood by other Arab governments in the region for decades, since Israel was created. They’ve used the “Palestinians” as a political group to constantly harp on the Israeli state, to make it go away. It’s been convenient for them, because the surrounding Arab countries *don’t want them, either*! To them they’re troublemakers. From what I understand there were some Muslims who were kicked off their land after Israel was created, but a lot of them left voluntarily, even after the Jews begged them to stay (though there are plenty of Arab Israeli citizens who stayed). Ever since, the “Palestinians” have held up this red herring about “resettlement.” Thomas has ignorantly swallowed the propaganda about all this.

    At least the university did the right thing and took her name off the award. Better late than never.

    • thierry says:

      the majority of lebanese are diaspora( 14 some million as compared to 4 million actually living in lebanon). the lebanese diaspora are majority christian. this is because they were run out of the country. around the time of WW1 Lebanon was a majority christian country controlled by france after 400 years of ottoman turk rule. today lebanon is a majority muslim country that identifies as ‘ ‘arab’. they are controlled by syria.

  3. Pangborn says:

    As I read these quotes from Ms. Thomas I could think of nothing but this bit of dialogue from “The Limo” episode of Seinfeld, the one in which Jerry and George purloin a limousine waiting for an anti-semitic Neo-Nazi leader scheduled to speak at a rally:

    George [after being caught trying to phone for help]: “Ahhh, ASTROTURF! You know who’s responsible for that, don’t ya? The JEWS”

    Like Ms. Thomas’ comical slurs, this scrap of dialogue from this hilarious episode, brilliantly and ever so succinctly ridicules the perpetual, nonsensical scapecoating of the Jewish people.

  4. RuBegonia says:

    Maynard, once again – no tip-toeing around the truth. WOOF.

  5. Slimfemme says:

    This old hag has been a bigot from way back!!! In all honesty, I would have never thought her alma mater would rename the award. Academia is so devoid of moral standards, Wayne State deserves some credit in this.

  6. jeaneeinabottle says:

    Can you believe we are seeing this kind of stuff I mean crap???? WHO ARE THESE PEOPl£????? Why have they not been stopped before??

  7. JHSII says:

    How about the Helen Thomas “Spirit of Intolerance” award?

    The Helen Thomas “Spirit of Antisemitism” award?

    The Helen Thomas “Final Solution” award?

    The Helen Thomas “Spirit of CAIR” award?

    This could be a fun game – Name the Award!!

  8. BastiatFan says:

    What part of “There’s no such thing as a Palestinian? ” (Unless by “Palestinian” you mean the ORIGINAL occcupants, i.e., the Jooooooooos) does Helen the Horrible not understand? Ironic that she’s such a pig, being from people who consider them unclean.

  9. Ripper says:

    What an evil woman! Her so called “apology” was not worth the bad breath that came out of her hate filled mouth. Today’s “liberals” are natural anti Semites.

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