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Update: Helen Thomas Resigns, Leaves White House Press Corps

By: Roger Friedman

hollywoodnews.com: Helen Thomas has retired. Her career ends in disgrace thanks to comments she made on May 27th to Rabbi David Nesenoff at a White House event.

Thomas was criticized today at a White House press briefing. Here’s the link: http://www.politico.com/singletitlevideo.html?bcpid=19407224001&bctid=90405445001

The New York Times, which did not even mention what was going on previously, now reports the story online.

The Times has simply ignored the entire Thomas fiasco, even though: Thomas’s lecture agent has dropped her, her co-author has disavowed her, and there’s an open letter to her in today’s Jerusalem Post.

The Times–and all the New York newspapers–have completely ignored the fact that man who interviewed Thomas and posted the now infamous video on You Tube is a rabbi who lives right here on Long Island. Considering how much the papers want to increase their local coverage, you’d think they’d be camped out on Rabbi David Nesenoff’s front yard. Nada.

See the video at www.rabbilive.com.

The last reference to Rabbi Nesenoff in the New York Times was in 1996.

Maybe it didn’t happen. Maybe the eldest member of the White House Press Corps didn’t insist on video that the Jews in Israel “get the hell out of Palestine” and return to “Poland or Germany.”

Meantime, the Times story today on jailed money manager Ken Starr reflects a complete lack of knowledge of anything in that story. Starr’s been in jail since June 1st, but the Times can only get movie director Robert Benton to say he can’t help but feel sorry for him. There’s curiously no mention of Starr’s business partner and connected at the hip pal, Marvin S. Rosen, former Democratic National Party fundraiser from 1995-97 for President Clinton.

Business writer Nelson Schwartz also somehow missed the point of the lawsuit brought by the estate of Joan Stanton against Starr. The other defendant was film producer and Planet Hollywood owner Keith Barish, who settled with the estate. Starr, the Stanton lawyers complained, had directed Stanton’s millions into Barish’s failing Planet Hollywood despite instructions not to make that investment. Barish isn’t even mentioned in today’s Times story.

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About Roger Friedman

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411.com column in April after 10 years with Fox News where he helped create Foxnews.com. Friedman’s prior experience on the Internet is with MSN’s Cinemania column. Friedman also wrote the Intelligencer column as a contributing editor at "New York Magazine," where he covered the O.J. Simpson criminal trial. In addition, Friedman has been involved in book publishing and filmmaking (Only the Strong Survive). For more about Roger go to Showbiz411.com

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  • June 7, 2010 | Permalink |

    Today it’s “Bye Bye Helen Thomas” and soon, very soon, it’s bye bye Jews, good riddance!

    R. Zuercher

  • June 7, 2010 | Permalink |

    Apparently freedom of speech is acceptable on any / every topic in the USA, except if someone ventures a supposedly negative opinion of Israel and / or anything Jewish.

    I think that Helen Thomas was perfectly within her rights to say that she thinks that Israel should “get the h – – -” out of Palestine. She is correct about that — the world is sick and tired of waiting for “peace in the Middle East”. The Two-State solution. should have happened long ago.

    However, I disagree with her remarks that the Jews in Israel should “go home” to Poland, Germany and anywhere / everywhere else (including the USA). The Jews in Israel have a right to their own country — but they don’t have a right to enforce apartheid-like restrictions on the Palestinians in Gaza and / or the West Bank.

  • June 7, 2010 | Permalink |

    She should check her history. The name palistine was a roman creation. the original people there were Jews. and the old testament called the land Israel over 3000 years ago. Long before the palistinians existed as a people.

  • June 7, 2010 | Permalink |

    I suppose you will be able to provide maps and documentation, other than the Bible. I am waiting right here for a history lesson.
    R. Zuercher

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