Helen Thomas: ‘I do miss the White House’

The former dean of the White House press corps, Helen Thomas, 90, says she is doing fine one year after being forced to resign for comments she contends were not anti-Semitic.

The contentious video of Thomas was recorded and published by RabbiLive.com’s David Nesenoff, who is now the publisher of a Jewish weekly in New York.

“I kind of switched places with her,” said Nesenoff. “I got a front-row seat, and I got to witness how the media reacts to international stories — mine being one of them — and to get to really become a journalist out there in the world.”

Writing since January for the weekly Falls Church (Va.) News-Press, Thomas has applied for White House press credentials but expects they will be denied. She says, “I do miss the White House, I must say. … But I’m getting along.”

Her current editor, who has known Thomas for at least 20 years, tells Politico, “She’s been terrific working for me … She’s got a great sense of humor and is right on time with her column each week.”

In a statement announcing her position with his paper, owner and editor Nicholas Benton wrote that Thomas’ comments were “intemperate and inappropriate.” However, “She more than deserves, and I am honored to help provide her, the proverbial ‘second chance.’ “

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504633504 Dan Mitchell

    Sure. Pretend I’m defending her anti-semitism, uh, “BrotherMatthias.”

  • Anonymous

    More great “logic” and insight from Dan M: There is no bravery quite like the anti-Semite who speaks in public!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504633504 Dan Mitchell

    Yeah. I hate it when the same person keeps popping up to say basically the same thing over and over and over. Ya know? I do give Thomas points, though, for having the courage to do it under her real name.  

  • Anonymous

    Gosh, I wish she would go away. Like O.J. or Casey Anthony – or a punching dummy that keeps popping back up with that same, stupid grin — she and her presence are the equivalent of a hair-shirt the United States must wear for its “sin” of supporting the only true, progressive democracy in the Middle East.