Should Helen Thomas be fired for her comments about Israel?
Helen Thomas has been a correspondent for years as a member of the White House reporters pool. She is known for her wit and sharp questions to many past and present president of the USA. I believe she has the right to free speech and to make comments when asked to do so. Was an opportunity lost here to ask questions about her opinion and that of the Rabbi? You can't resolve a problem by censuring news reporters or any one else. She deserved a better end to a great career. Also, when members of the press are silenced in countries around the world our government reacts with great indignation. So why is a double standard applied to her? How can we criticize Iran and Venezuela, etc. for not having a free press. From my prospective, it harms the Israeli image when it appears no one can question what she does Now is the time to settle the crisis in the middle east if in fact that is the goal of the USA..
Asked By: cristales - 6/14/2010
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wellllllllll, it is a troubling situation, because first and foremost, she didn't say anything WRONG... More
Answered By: Ice Cold - 6/14/2010
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No, she should be given a medal for having the guts to tell the truth.
Answered By: Michelle - 6/14/2010
I am not a big fan of people being fired for saying something no matter how irrational and bigoted it is. She has already retired so the question is moot at this point..
Answered By: Brian - 6/14/2010
She has resigned rather then be fired. No matter how good she was, she made a racist and hurtful comment, and being a member of the Press, which is suppose to be neutral, that was the right call.
Answered By: Beulah - 6/14/2010
Helen Thomas also said all Blacks need to go back to Africa. That deserves another kind of liberal medal of honor.
Answered By: Leave Barack Alone! - 6/14/2010
She's a news reporter. Her employer has every right to fire her for making outrageous, insensitive, bigoted comments--like suggesting that Israeli Jews return to countries where they were slaughtered by the millions.
Answered By: Lawyer X - 6/14/2010
Although I completely disagree with her remarks toward the Israelis, I am a Libertarian and as such I feel is it her Constitutional right to express her opinion.
Answered By: Go Ahead, Make My Day - 6/14/2010
Youre the standard issue liberal who doesnt understand that reporting is supposed to be objective, not op-ed, courtesy of modern journalism. And I used the word 'journalism' because its always good for a laugh.
Answered By: vinny_says_relax - 6/14/2010
What part of "free" aren't you comprehending? Every right that we have comes loaded with implied responsibilities. She was "free" to open her yap, just as her employer was "free" to determine that she was not acting in its' best interests. There is no right to remain employed after humiliating your employer and your... More
Answered By: typical lying liberal - 6/14/2010
Hell NO! Losing her job for speaking her mind shows just how much power Israel has over America! Freedom of speech? Bah! Humbug!! btw........she was not doing a report. She was not doing a job. She was just speaking and it got caught on camera.
Answered By: im_foxygirl - 6/14/2010
no, she has the right to her opinion unfortunate as it is does a reporter have the right to donate to a political party, sign a petition, march in a protest? the waters get murky when the reporter is covering the story.
Answered By: lightning - 6/14/2010
She had every right to voice her opinion and the free market, including her employers, had every right to express their opinion of her stated opinion... More
Answered By: Bill G IV - 6/14/2010
reporter or not, most of the media is controlled by the jews so that explains allot about the people of the use, thinking they live in the land of the free... More
Answered By: cameronissim... - 6/14/2010
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