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Helen of Thomas

Helen Thomas hates Israel. We knew this even before she made it so obvious the other day. Here’s an example of her “journalism,” from the June 1 White House press briefing (transcript, video). It begins with an editorial statement, continues with a tendentious question, and concludes with an irritable exchange.

MR. GIBBS:  …Ms. Thomas.

Q    The — our initial reaction to this flotilla massacre, deliberate massacre, an international crime, was pitiful.  What do you mean you regret when something should be so strongly condemned?  And if any other nation in the world had done it, we would have been up in arms.  What is the sacrosanct, iron-clad relationship where a country that deliberately kills people and boycotts — and we aid and abet the boycott?

MR. GIBBS:  Look, I think the initial reaction regretted the loss of life as we tried and still continue to try to gather the relevant –

Q    Regret won’t bring them back.

MR. GIBBS:  Nothing can bring them back, Helen.  We know that for sure because I think if you could, that wouldn’t be up for debate.  We are — we believe that a credible and transparent investigation has to look into the facts.  And as I said earlier, we’re open to international participation in that investigation.

Q    Why did you think of it so late?

MR. GIBBS:  Why did we think of –

Q    Why didn’t you initially condemn it?

MR. GIBBS:  Again, I think the statements that were released speak directly to that.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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