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.