**BUMPED – TM NOTE BELOW**
Well, this is going to make heads explode.
Not sure if Gateway Pundit and Weasel Zippers went off simultaneously or in contagion fashion with Pajamas Media.
The interview with 90 year-old Thomas is out in April, but snippets are available, with much more at the link.
On the situation in Palestine: “Everybody knows my feelings that the Palestinians have been shortchanged in every way. Sure, the Israelis have a right to exist – but where they were born, not to come and take someone else’s home. I’ve had it up to here with the violations against the Palestinians…[The Palestinians] are incarcerated and living in an open prison. I say to the Israelis, ‘Get out of people’s homes!’ It’s unacceptable to have soldiers knocking on a door at three in the morning and saying, ‘This is my home.’ And forcing people out of homes they’ve lived in for centuries? What is this? How can anybody accept it? I mean, Jewish-only roads? [She later corrected herself to say Israeli-only roads.] Would anyone tolerate something like that in America? White-only roads?”
On Palestinian violence against the Israelis: “Of course I don’t condone any violence against anyone. But who wouldn’t fight for their country? What would any American do if their land was being taken? Remember Pearl Harbor. The Palestinian violence is to protect what little remains of Palestine. The suicide bombers act out of despair and desperation. Three generations of Palestinians have been forced out of their homes – by Israelis – and into refugee camps.”
On American support of Israel: “We keep giving Israel everything. Our government bribes the Israelis by saying, ‘Please come to the [negotiating] table and we’ll give you this and we’ll give you that’…Why do you have to bribe people to do the right thing? I don’t want my government bribing anybody. I want them demanding. Stop all this aid to Israel when they’re killing people!…Why do they send my American tax dollars to perpetuate it?”
On Jews: “I think they’re wonderful people. They had to have the most depth. They were leaders in civil rights. They’ve always had the heart for others but not for Arabs, for some reason. I’m not anti-Jewish; I’m anti-Zionist.“
I wonder how many people understand the difference between anti-Jewish and anti-Zionist?
Ms. Thomas also adamantly rejects that she’s retired: “I will never bow out of journalism.”
As for her opinion of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, she doesn’t think much of what they’ve done as liberals:
On her belief that Hillary Clinton and President Obama would be liberal: “I thought, naively perhaps, that [Hillary Clinton] and Obama would bring change, that they would be different. I assumed wrongly that they would be liberal because he’s black and she’s a woman. It’s maddening.”
Neither Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama are liberals. That’s because to get in a position of power in the Democratic Party you’ve got to be a Blue Dog, because of corporate interests and the media elite who pontificate ad nauseam about how entitlements have to be cut, with conventional wisdom allowing for no sane case to be made that there is no reason to cut Social Security or tinker with it. A case in point is watching Mike Barnicle’s head explode on “Morning Joe” yesterday when talking about Sen. Reid’s line in the sand on Social Security.
Now that Democrats are called “progressives,” never mind these same people sold out women on health care, there is a lot less meaning to liberal, because the former is afraid to be labeled the latter, fear being the operative emotion. The Right ruined “liberal” a long time ago, so the talking points go. But considering what congressional progressives did on health care, caving on Bush tax cuts, and generally revealing they have no spine to stand up against Pres. Obama’s rightward lurch, I’m not all that impressed. As for the heroes on the movement progressive side, that they can’t come up with a candidate to challenge Obama on the merits of his rightward march isn’t very heartening. Caving to conservatives, starting with the leader of the Democratic Party, which is exactly what progressives have done, isn’t exactly doing the Left any favors.
Of course, since I’m just a political analyst and writer, not a movement progressive, I can criticize with impunity, because I won’t be the one out there on the line taking on a sitting Democratic president whose reelection is his to lose and over which no challenger can win. Hey, but this is my job, so there you go.
Whether you agree or disagree with Helen Thomas, good for Hugh Hefner for giving her a platform. Political controversy is a lot more interesting than his engagement announcement, as is supporting a woman whose journalism career has spanned over five decades.
It’s also nice to see a woman at 90 sounding off instead of yet another crazy white man.
TM NOTE: I find the comments by some in this forum abhorrent and anti-Semitic. Intelligent debate doesn’t need to include this type of vitriol. However, this is an open forum, which does provide a window, as well as a point of learning. The anti-Semitism Ms. Thomas unleashes speaks for itself and is something that disgusts me. It’s equal to the vile things said about Palestinians. Neither extreme helps the dialogue in the least. I apologize to readers for comments that are offensive or hurtful, which inevitably say more about the writer than anything. Free speech protects both around here up to a point.