“I want an apology from the president,” Thomas, 90, said Tuesday to the hundreds of student journalists and their advisers attending the keynote session of the annual spring convention of College Media Advisers (CMA) at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City…
“Her comments were offensive,” Obama said [at the time]. “It’s a shame because Helen’s someone who has been a correspondent through I don’t know how many presidents, was a real institution in Washington, D. C. But I think she made the right decision. I think those comments are out of line, and hopefully she recognizes that.”…
At one point during the session, Shira Kaminsky, a 23-year-old student journalist at the University of Massachusetts, stood up and announced that she was a third generation Israeli.
“You said that Israelis should leave their country,” Kaminsky said, standing at the rear of the crowded room. “Where should we go?”
“Where are your grandparents from?” Thomas asked.
“Poland and Romania,” Kaminsky replied.
“Then come to America,” Thomas responded.
Follow the last link and read the whole piece from E&P to see how Kaminsky replied to that. Hint: For someone who worries so much about “the Jewish lobby,” Helen’s oddly indifferent to a mass migration of Israeli Jews to America. Kudos to E&P too for noting that Thomas kinda sorta criticized herself for her remarks last year. That was transparently a sham aimed at damage control — her sympathies in the region have been clear for years — but it does make her demand for an apology from Obama that much more absurd.
Now then. As a Friday afternoon treat, I want you to clear 10 minutes from your schedule and gawk at the rhetorical traffic accident that is Helen’s new interview with Playboy. People are seizing on her qualified defense of Palestinian suicide bombers as the takeaway quote; that’s a tempting choice, I admit, per her argument in the E&P piece that Israel should have been created as a one-party state with Palestinians and Jews living side by side. (With leaders like this on the Pali side, what could have gone wrong?) Stil, this one’s my favorite:
On the Jews’ influence and power: “[The Jews are] using their power, and they have power in every direction…Power over the White House, power over Congress…Everybody is in the pocket of the Israeli lobbies, which are funded by wealthy supporters, including those from Hollywood. Same thing with the financial markets. There’s total control…It isn’t the two percent. It’s real power when you own the White House, when you own these other places in terms of your political persuasion. Of course they have power. [To the interviewer] You don’t deny that. You’re Jewish, aren’t you?”
The interviewer was Playboy contributing editor David Hochman, so I’m guessing that yes, he’s one of them. Be sure to read at least to the part where she confesses her belief that Obama and Hillary would be liberals (evidently they’re not) because, after all, he’s black and she’s a woman. Enjoy!