helen thomas http://michiganradio.org en How we should remember Helen Thomas http://michiganradio.org/post/how-we-should-remember-helen-thomas <p>You probably know by now that legendary journalist Helen Thomas died over the weekend, in her apartment in Washington.</p><p>She would have ninety-three next month. She spent her forty-first birthday in the place she worked for half a century, the White House, covering President Kennedy.</p><p>Kennedy was the first president Helen covered full time, and I am sure she had no idea that on that long-ago Tuesday, the last President she would cover was being born in far-off Hawaii.</p><p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:39:30 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13624 at http://michiganradio.org How we should remember Helen Thomas Arab American group asks Wayne State to reconsider Helen Thomas award http://michiganradio.org/post/arab-american-group-asks-wayne-state-reconsider-helen-thomas-award <p>A prominent coalition of Michigan Arab-American groups is angry that <a href="http://wayne.edu/">Wayne State University</a> has pulled an award honoring journalist Helen Thomas.</p><p>Wayne State ended the “Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity Award” last week after she made controversial comments at an event in Dearborn.</p><p>Thomas asserted that “Zionists” control major U.S. institutions, including the White House.</p><p>Wayne State called those remarks “anti-Semitic.” But the<a href="http://www.arabdetroit.com/events.php?id=787"> Congress of Arab American Organizations</a> disagrees.</p> Wed, 08 Dec 2010 23:03:46 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 516 at http://michiganradio.org Arab American group asks Wayne State to reconsider Helen Thomas award Helen Thomas tells Anti-Defamation League to back-off http://michiganradio.org/post/helen-thomas-tells-anti-defamation-league-back <p>The <a href="http://www.adl.org/?s=topmenu">Anti-Defamation League</a> called Helen Thomas anti-Semitic after <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/helen-thomas-dearborn-defends-controversial-comments">some comments she made last week</a> at a speech in Dearborn.</p><p>On a radio interview last night, Thomas shot back at Abe Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League:</p><blockquote><div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">I'm getting tired of his intimidation. I'm going to report him to President Obama and all the proper authorities. He better stop intimidating me.</div></div></blockquote><p>Thomas was interviewed by Scott Spears on <a href="http://www.wmrn.com/pages/scottspears.html">WMRN radio</a> in Marion, Ohio. Here's a clip:</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-939032.mp3</p><p>No comment yet from the ADL. Wed, 08 Dec 2010 19:55:49 +0000 Mark Brush 510 at http://michiganradio.org Helen Thomas tells Anti-Defamation League to back-off Commentary: Helen Thomas, Again http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-helen-thomas-again <p><em>- By <a href="http://jackshow.blogs.com/jack/2005/08/jack_lessenberr.html">Jack Lessenberry</a>, Michigan Radio's Political Analyst</em></p><p>George Seldes, the great journalist who lived to be almost a hundred and five, said that if you live to be 90, the public forgives all your sins. In some cases, that certainly has been true.</p><p>Ronald Reagan’s policies fiercely divided Americans while he was in office, but by the time he died six years ago, he had become&nbsp; a national icon. But that certainly isn’t always the case.</p><p>And sometimes, people’s legacies might have been better if they had lived shorter lives. Take Jack Kevorkian, the apostle of assisted suicide.&nbsp;Had he died fourteen years ago, history would see him differently.&nbsp; He was regarded as a hero by many people in 1996. Juries had refused to convict him in five separate trials in which there was no doubt whatsoever that he had helped suffering patients commit suicide. Prosecutors in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties said they would no longer press charges against him, making what he did&nbsp;de facto legal. Tue, 07 Dec 2010 14:59:17 +0000 Zoe Clark 483 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Helen Thomas, Again Helen Thomas fires back at Wayne State University http://michiganradio.org/post/helen-thomas-fires-back-wayne-state-university <p>Detroit native and a longtime journalist Helen Thomas is outspoken when it comes to defending her controversial comments.</p><p>Last week, Thomas <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/helen-thomas-dearborn-defends-controversial-comments">defended the comments</a> that got her fired over the summer. In that defense Thomas said that many American institutions are controlled by Zionists.</p><p>Here are her comments posted by <a href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/onmedia/1210/ADL_slams_Helen_Thomas_as_vulgar_antiSemite.html">Politico</a></p><blockquote><p>"Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall Street, are owned by the Zionists. No question in my opinion. They put their money where their mouth is. ... We’re being pushed into a wrong direction in every way."</p></blockquote><p>The <a href="http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ASUS_12/5929_12.htm">Anti-Defamation League</a> said Thomas has "revealed herself as a vulgar anti-Semite."</p><p>After her remarks last Thursday, the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20101206/NEWS02/101206012/1001/news">Detroit Free Press</a> reports that Wayne State University ended the Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity Award. When the paper called for a comment, Thomas had this to say:</p><div><blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">"The leaders of Wayne State University have made a mockery of the First Amendment and disgraced their understanding of its inherent freedom of speech and the press." Mon, 06 Dec 2010 16:50:02 +0000 Mark Brush 474 at http://michiganradio.org Helen Thomas fires back at Wayne State University Helen Thomas in Dearborn; defends controversial comments http://michiganradio.org/post/helen-thomas-dearborn-defends-controversial-comments <p><a href="http://helenthomas.org/">Helen Thomas</a> had worked for United Press International for 57 years. She was an opinion columnist for Hearst Newspapers from 2000 to 2010. She spent much of her career covering the White House.</p><p>She was let go earlier this year after she was briefly interviewed by Rabbi <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Nesenoff" title="David Nesenoff">David Nesenoff</a> of <a href="http://rabbilive.com/RabbiLIVE/Home.html">RabbiLive.com</a>. After asking Thomas whether she had any comments on Israel, Thomas said, "tell them to get the hell out of Palestine."</p><p>The Detroit News <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20101202/POLITICS03/12020480/Helen-Thomas-stands-by-remarks-about-Israelis">reports </a>that Helen Thomas, who grew up in Detroit, gave a speech saying:</p><div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><blockquote><p>"I stand by it. I told the truth," the 90-year-old Thomas told reporters shortly before a speech at a diversity conference Thursday. "I paid a price but it's worth it to speak the truth." During a speech that drew quick condemnation from Jews, Thomas took her remarks further. "Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall Street are owned by the Zionists," Thomas said. "No question."</p></blockquote><p>Thomas spoke at the eighth-annual "Images and Perceptions of Arab American" conference in Dearborn. Fri, 03 Dec 2010 16:04:39 +0000 Mark Brush & Zoe Clark 452 at http://michiganradio.org Helen Thomas in Dearborn; defends controversial comments