Helen Thomas and the Thought Police

Well, in her case, Helen Thomas, White House reporter for years, put her foot in her mouth.

Ok. While we might not agree with her words, there is something bothering me about the hue and cry over her remarks. For starters, she offered an opinion. She said she felt that Palestine was occupied by Israel. I never heard her utter the word ‘Jews.’ There are an awful lot of people in the world who believe that. Why is Helen Thomas, daughter of Lebanese immigrants, not allowed her opinion? Additionally, she said that those occupying needed to go home. Good grief, that is said every day towards Latinos here in this county.

Helen Thomas is almost 90 years old. She apologized. Many news agencies have said her apologies were not good enough because she didn’t really mean it. This is where the thought police come into play. There is just something about that kind of mind control that bothers me a great deal. Who are we to tell others how to think? While we can be held accountable for what comes out of our mouths, how can anyone hold us accountable for what they think we should think.

On June 4, Helen Thomas issued the following apology:

“I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon.” (June 4, 2010)

To her credit, Ellen Ratner of Fox News issued the following:

Helen Thomas has apologized. What more do people want?

If I had a dollar for every American who has said something in private about a racial, ethnic, or sexual minority in this county I would be a multimillionaire many times over.

Let’s face it we all have said things — or thought things — about “other” groups of people, things that we would not want to see in print or on video. Anyone who denies it is a liar.

Helen is three months short of ninety and her brain’s filters might not work as well as a forty year old’s. Give her a break.

Ellen Ratner is Washington bureau chief for Talk Radio News Service and a Fox News contributor.

Helen Thomas has resigned. Her resignation was announced around noon. I think the greater tragedy is that a 90 year old woman can’t be allowed to retract her statements, especially a lady of her stature.

She is a very remarkable woman. I can’t image being her age and doing the job she is still doing. Many of us who grew up with Helen Thomas will miss her. The good news is, now she is a free agent, she can also speak freely. I expect she will, knowing Helen Thomas and I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of that acerbic tongue.

[disclaimer: This post does not imply agreement with Helen Thomas]

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Bob the Trout Needs our Help

From the Chesapeake Bay Foundation:

Bob the Trout asks you to support the Chesapeake Clean Water Act and help make his home a safer place to swim. When CBF was casting for the part of Bob, many Bay species expressed interest in the role. We heard from flounder, rockfish, and even a few oysters. But the rainbow trout we chose, besides having a great voice, also illustrates that cleaning up the Bay necessitates cleaning up thousands of freshwater streams, creeks, and rivers in the 64,000 square mile watershed


Is this environmental? Is there a chance that the Chesapeake Bay will be impacted by the oil spill?

The legislation is in front of Congress now. Please call, write or visit your Congressional representatives. Write letters of support to your local papers. Host or attend meetings that discuss and build support for the legislation. You can find information and resources on our Action Center web page.

Why do I think that there are those out there who oppose congressional efforts to save the Chesapeake Bay from environmental hazards? What happens to places when there is no regulation of who comes in and what gets dumped? How do farm lands many miles from the bay impact the Chesapeake Bay? Should certain materials and their disposal be regulated?

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Jon Stewart watches Fox Fight Bloomberg for Helen Thomas’ Seat

Joe Biden throws one hell of a picnic and Stewart ponders some serious question on Israel and Palestine.

Much as been said whether our obsession with Helen Thomas’s remarks overshadowed the real questions about what happened on the high seas. Are we more concerned with someone’s words or a nation’s deeds?

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