Helen Thomas Reaction: ‘Outrageous, Indefensible’, ‘Just Shocking’

By Alissa Krinsky 

The fallout continues in the wake of comments made last week by veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas.

In an interview with a blogger, Thomas said Jews should “get the hell out” of Israel and “go home” to Poland, Germany, or America. Yesterday, Thomas apologized for her statements.

Reaction this weekend:
• Entertainment agency Nine Speakers, Inc. has announced that it is dropping Thomas as a client. The firm “is no longer able to represent Ms. Thomas, nor can we condone her comments on the Middle East”.

• On FNC’s Huckabee, Mike Huckabee called Thomas’ remarks “outrageous, anti-Semitic, racist, indefensible. She says that the Jews ought to go home? Helen, they are home. Read Genesis 15, Exodus 23, Numbers 34 — that’s why they are where they are. Helen, I’ve got a suggestion: maybe it’s time for you to go home.”

• Thomas was a topic of discussion on CNN’s Reliable Sources this morning, with Howard Kurtz calling Thomas’ comments “just shocking”.

After the jump, more reaction from columnists and tvnewsers…

Time‘s Joe Klein writes today that “it’s not unprecedented for journalists with odious views to have access to the [White House] press room. What is unprecedented is for such a journalist to have a front-row center seat. Thomas should no longer have that privilege. The front row should be occupied by working reporters, not columnists. The WHCA [White House Correspondents’ Association] should sanction Thomas by sending her back to the cheap seats.”

• FBN’s Liz Claman tweeted this evening, “Hearst’s Helen Thomas says Jews shud ‘go back to Poland and Germany’…Guess that includes me, Helen?”

• CQPolitics.com blogger Craig Crawford — who’s also a Nine Speakers client — states on his Trail Mix blog tonight that “I concur with the [issued] response from my agent to Helen Thomas’ lamentable remarks about Israel, and will no longer be working with Helen on our book projects.”

Crawford and Thomas co-authored 2009’s Listen Up, Mr. President, and were also collaborating on their next book.