Journos remember reporter Helen Thomas, dead at 92

Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas died Saturday at the age of 92 after a long illness.

Thomas was the first female member of the Gridiron Club and covered 10 consecutive presidential administrations. Her long career screeched to a halt after she suggested Jews should go back to Poland or Germany.

Fellow journos remembered their colleague on Twitter, focusing on her decades of reporting rather than the anti-Semitism that shaped many of her questions at the White House.

Worth noting:

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.

  • OpenTheDoor

    Awww gee, another dead racist white woman.
    When will it stop?

    • Agha Memnun

      She was Arab.

      • OpenTheDoor

        Another LOFO heard from.
        And Zimmerman is Hispanic/Jew, eh?
        If you are incapable of nuance, stay home.

        • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

          It’s not far from the truth. Her parents were Lebanese immigrants and I think that’s where she got her Israel hatred from.

          • Richard Jefferies

            She probably got it from FDR himself. She has lived in Washington since the 30s. I wouldn’t be surprised if she had a copy of Mien Kampf under the bed during WWII. Uncle Arafat was a solid ally of the Third Reich, and his nephew was sent from Egypt to head the PLO, which she idolized.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            “Uncle Arafat was a solid ally of the Third Reich, and his nephew was sent from Egypt to head the PLO, which she idolized.”

            Arafat’s uncle, Haj Amin al-Husseini, was a solid ally of the Third Reich, and his nephew was sent from Egypt to head the PLO, which she idolized.

          • Richard Jefferies

            Jawohl, meinen grammar Nazi. I vill do bettah next time! 😛

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Nothing to do with grammar. I didn’t want anyone to accuse you of lying, so I gave cynics information they could more easily verify.

          • Richard Jefferies

            In all honesty I appreciate that you reorganized it and added his name, in my haste to write it, I can see the possible confusion.

        • Pamela

          ? Her family was from Lebanon …though she was no doubt a bigoted anti-Semite.

      • Richard Jefferies

        Her family was from Lebanon, but they weren’t Arabic. She was born in the US, and she lived in Detroit till she moved to Washington at a young age and firmly planted her ass there for the next 70 years.

        • Agha Memnun

          She was Greek Orthodox Christian. She self-identified as an “Arab-American”, though she could not speak Arabic (neither Modern Standard nor the Levantine of her Lebanese ancestors). All that really matters here is her self-identification, her ‘asabiyyah (as the early Muslims would say). Irrespective of her pale skin and European appearance, she threw in her lot not only with Arabs, but with Islamists (Arab or non-Arab). I do relish the irony that a culturally-Arabized Christian descendant of Greco-Roman colonizers was “anti-Zionist” to the point of suggesting that all Jews, even Mizrahi Jews, “return” to central Europe.

          • Richard Jefferies

            Well said.

  • Richard Jefferies

    Gonna say it, I don’t care how many down votes I get. No F***s given!

    • Jeremy

      I am sure not sad over her loss.She was an awful woman.

  • Jack Peterson

    She did lead the way for women in the press corps. She also lead the way in the antisemitic attitude the Press has towards Jews and Israel.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      True on both accounts. I’ll say no more for today.

  • Danceswithdachshunds

    Arafat gets his first virgin.

    • des111168

      ROFL. Best comment of the thread.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      The other 71 are nuns armed with loaded Shotguns..Jawamax 8<{D}

    • Richard Jefferies

      ROFLMAO, you win 10 internets this day.

    • Jeremy

      ha ha.I couldn’t help laugh when I saw your post.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Very clever.

  • Joe W.

    I pray her soul rest in peace, but there is no doubt in my mind that this was an extremely caustic, hateful woman, and I doubt that where her soul is right now it will.

  • Grandma HeadInjury

    She didn’t earn much respect from me when she was alive, but I’ll not gloat at her death. She was, after all, a 92 year old retired woman. I’ll save my vitriol for more deserving foes…

    • Doreen Beisel

      Professionally you give her credit for being one of the first females to break into a traditional male profession. I give her nothing on her partisan reporting

  • tjp77

    She was an evil little witch, and now she’s in hell with all the dictators she so loved.

    • PilatesQuestion

      Do you believe in the after life?

      • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

        Downward Escalator.. Jawamax 8<{D}

        • PilatesQuestion

          Huh?

          • Clete Torres

            In other words, she’s on the highway to hell.

          • PilatesQuestion

            Do you believe in the after life?

          • Mark81150

            yes..

          • PilatesQuestion

            That’s good to know. Do you know where you’re going in the afterlife?

          • Clete Torres

            Yep. Phoenix.

          • PilatesQuestion

            Phoenix, Arizona, exists in this dimension, so I don’t really know what you mean.

          • Clete Torres

            That’s okay, I’m just tweaking you because it’s raining and I rented a convertible.

          • PilatesQuestion

            I still don’t understand…sorry…

  • http://www.amazon.com/Devon-Dibley-His-Golden-Key/dp/1484181557/ M F Scotto

    I hope she repented of her vile antisemitism before entering the grave. If not, she deserves no praise. If so, she should have left behind an apology for decades of vile hatred disguised as journalism.

  • Jack Deth

    Helen Thomas: An ugly, hateful woman.

    Other than that, I’ve got nothing.

  • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

    I disagreed with her on lots of things, but politics is politics and she deserves to be treated like a human being. May she rest in peace.

    • beebop1952

      Helen Thomas would have been fine with me if it was “politics is politics.” That is not what the left wants. They want to control everything about you and what your life will look like. No exceptions. She was a mouth piece for the folks who think that those who believe a marriage is one man and one woman, that 20 months of gestation is just arbitrary and think that George Zimmerman is a “white Hispanic” are the ones who are REACTIONARY.

      • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

        I get what the left is, but most of them are misled and think they are doing the right thing. I just think she deserves to be treated like a human being even if she has a different opinion.

    • Republicanvet

      Your comment makes me wonder how many of her anti-Semitic rants spurred on terrorists to kill civilians.
      She was a hateful, nasty woman. It wasn’t her politics I disagreed with. Too bad you couldn’t question this nasty piece of work on whether she thought Jews should be treated as human beings.

      • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

        Yeah, but I don’t think her saying nasty things in the past about Jewish people all of a sudden makes it right for us to say nasty things about her when she passes on. She was an 89 years old who stated a sh-tty opinion, she wasn’t committing genocide. I don’t know, I just find it disappointing to see some of us politicizing someone’s death the way liberals do. I don’t like defending liberals either, look at what you guys are making me do.

        • William Kent Jenkins

          Shed no tears for Liberals alive or dead

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            I know a lot of liberals who are good people, just misled. Liberal or not, they are still human beings and deserve to be treated as such.

          • William Kent Jenkins

            Ben liberals who are in agreement with Obama destroying our country are not good people

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            They think they are doing the right thing though. I somehow doubt Jesus would condone me hating her and dancing on her grave because she is liberal so I’m not going to.

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            I can hate liberalism itself, but hating people just for believing in a political ideology I disagree with is something as a Christian I cannot do. If we hate them for that then we are no better than the people on their side that hate us just for being conservative.

  • http://www.nleomf.org/officers/ FlatFoot

     
    The day Dick Cheney is going to run for president, I’ll kill myself.”
    -Helen Thomas

    Too bad that boat didn’t sail years ago. But I suppose daughter Liz Cheney running for Senator was just too much for the ancient hag ‘Hunchback of D.C.’ antisemitic bigot to handle. The Old Post Office pavilion clock tower will miss her greatly.

  • LegalizeShemp

    Jew Hating POS

    • Jeremy

      yep.That is one of many others reasons I will not miss her at all.I know there are worse people out there but,she deserves no respect as far as I am concerned.

  • fireandreamitchell

    Disappointed in Martha MacCallum offering any kind words for that anti-Semitic witch.

    • Stephanie Warren

      she looks like a vulture.

  • des111168

    Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead.

  • Magnifico

    I can’t say anything nice about that Jew-hater, nor will I mourn Ahmadinejad’s death.

  • NRPax

    Dip the body in concrete and sell it as a gargoyle.

    What? Too soon?

    • Noah

      no, actually too late. they shouldve dipped her in wet cement while she was breathing. screw that anti semitic witch. this is actually a day for walking on sunshine!! she’ll have to do until Antisemite numero uno Sharpton takes his dirtnap.

      • Clete Torres

        Forgot about Calypso Louie Farrakhan, didn’t you?

        • Noah

          he’s fourth. Jimmy Cartuh is first, followed by Sharpie, and Jesse.

  • beebop1952

    Helen Thomas. More proof that only the good die young.

  • chuckles

    Ding Dong the jew hater is dead.

  • richardd2013

    who?

  • HARP2

    Who knew ugly was terminal ?

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    Her comment about Jews (among other things she said) makes me want to sing “Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead,” But I chalk it up to her experience as a Senior Reporter to say…Keep reporting, Helen…You’ll get it right one day..” #RIP Jawamax 8<{D}

  • yviemarie88

    Helen Thomas was 92 the first time I laid eyes on her and that had to be in the early 60s during the Kennedy admin.

    • ToyZebra

      I think she got started covering the Civil War.

      • Hiraghm

        The English Civil War…

  • Guest

    Was she related to Danny Thomas? Danny Thomas was Lebanese too. 😉

  • John Galt
    • Jeremy

      very fitting.

  • mike_in_kosovo

    May she rest in peace.

  • Clete Torres

    Goodbye and good riddance to a hate-filled old crone.

    Actually, that’s unfair to crones to compare this witch to them.

  • The Penguin

    Uh…Bye.

  • porgiefirefighter

    … and the Semites rejoice …

  • Always Vigilant

    Since our intellect adapted upon a framework of customs, traditions, and morality, it is less important than the lattice upon which it grew.

  • ToyZebra

    I know it is wrong to speak ill of the dead, but my God that woman was ugly, inside and out.

  • gunfire7778

    Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead

    http://t.co/yMC9iw5uX6

  • Zefal

    helen thomas had a piece she wrote on paul o’neil, after he resigned as Bush’s Treasury Secretary, that she later removed from her AP archives when she wrote another piece that contradicted the former one. The narrative changed!

    I called her out on this, in an email, and also said her passing will be as noted as that other longtime crazy lady who covered the White House whose name escapes me now. She emailed be back defending the other lady.
    /CSB

    I wish I remembered the details of the narrative change.I think it was along the lines that he fired o’neil for failed policies when she originally claimed that he fired him for having a difference of opinion which wasn’t welcomed in Bush WH. Remember the media besmirched the Bush recovery every step of the way.

    Update: 7:42pm

    I remember now that helen’s original article she removed called for the canning of paul o’neil. She and other members of the press knew Bush was going to get rid of him so they came out for his ouster to make it look like he was doing it [under pressure/paying heed] to their advice. Her second column claimed Bush removed o’neil as a scapegoat for the failing economy. The economy was already in contraction at the end of the clinton administration, which candidate Bush had pointed out, and totally ignored or challenged by the media. tom brokaw had robert rubin on his “news” broadcast to refute Bush.

  • Mark81150

    All those years in the press corps, and nobody there knew she was an antisemite?

    not buying that one bit..

    They knew her, and kept her in the closet.. helping to perpetuate a false image for the public.. “staunch seeker of truth” and assorted nonsense..

    She was an antisemite, a rabid left winger who had a foaming hatred for ANY republican, and loved an all powerful nanny state.. Hr questions were not posed with a question mark, but minutes long lectures on what crime she had decided to accuse the GOP of while batting her bear like eye lashes at those dreamy progressives..

    The whining the left does today about “tone” directed at Obama?

    rewatch those tapes of her addressing Ronald Reagan in the most disrespectful and spittle flecked contempt and tell me Obama has it worse.. She spoke down to every GOP president like they just tracked dog pooh into the Oval Office..

    her treatment of Kennedy and Clinton bordered on lust..

    She may have been paid to BE a journalist, but open propagandist is what she was..

  • ked5

    Welcome Helen. Here’s your accordion.

  • Cindy Nowicki

    Does Thomas get 72 virgins for her anti-semitic comments? She died in disgrace!

  • LissaKay

    She has gone to her reward ….

  • BooBots

    I understand ‘don’t speak ill of the dead’, but we can make an exception in her case, in order to tell the truth, that foul, racist toxic turd.

  • Pamela

    Funny- I don’t see conservatives exclaiming how happy and jubilant they are that she has passed like the libs did with Breitbart…and Thomas actually WAS an anti-Semite where as Breitbart was never proven a racist or anything of the sort.

  • Doreen Beisel

    Not always a fan but Helen was a trailblazer

  • Doreen Beisel

    Not always a fan but Helen was a trailblazer

  • deimos19

    It seems a pity she was allowed to die a natural death. I frankly admired her and wanted to purchase a piece of the rope when her time came. Although I have never wished another person’s death, I did read her obituary with a great deal of glee. Since she would obviously need it, I would send her a fan and glass of ice water if I had the address.

  • Secede

    Thank God she never posted a topless “selfie” of herself……

  • Joe W.

    Actually, Pea Brain, NO. Because she was a nasty, vicious, antisemitic bigot. Just like you.

  • des111168

    You should just say “Der Juden” Ryan, and cut to the chase.

  • Noah

    chuck hagel, is that you?

  • wwbdinct

    I hate the POTUS policies but by saying so you would call me a racist. The hypocrisy of the libtards never ceases to amaze.

  • mike_in_kosovo

    Palestinian terrorists certainly do.

  • John Rebori

    It is neither patriotic nor unpatriotic to hate a nation other than your own.

    Her antisemitism would have been better disguised as anti Israel is she had called for Israels to return to Poland and Germany and not Jews in general.

    But then hatred of Israel has been an effective cloak for antisemites as yourself since before 1948.

  • Mark81150

    No douche.. it’s not..

    How effing dare you try and call a racist hatred, “patriotic”.. it’s a mindless hate and fear born of raging paranoia and self pity, looking for someone to scapegoat for your failures.. “blame the Jews” has always been the realm of cowards..

    it’s got a lot of yellow walls, make yourself at home..

  • William Kent Jenkins

    Sure you could , if you’re an Obama lover

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Hey, you’re famous!

  • beebop1952

    You are responding to someone as hateful as the Boston bombers. Don’t waste your breath.

  • annoyinglittletwerp

    Not really.

  • Mark81150

    Did you even hear what she said? The woman was astonishing in her open hate for Jews, and her denial of actual history.. was breath taking for a supposed “journalist”….

    Get the Jews out of Palestine wasn’t a clue for you?

    She meant ALL of Israel, not just the west bank..

  • Spiny Norman

    The latter makes the former politically correct and acceptable in certain media and academic circles. We don’t buy it though.

  • Mark81150

    Absolutely..

    Somebody is buying their Reich memento’s online.. probably him.