click here to jump to start of article
Join Our Newsletter

Get latest articles and videos with Jewish inspiration and insights​

Helen Thomas: The Ugly Truth

Helen Thomas: The Ugly Truth

One doesn't speak ill of the dead, but perhaps there are exceptional circumstances.


While serving for decades as a pulpit rabbi, I had the opportunity to hear eulogies offered by family and friends. It is quite curious to see how we speak of the dead. And so it is in the case of Helen Thomas.

As the person who video interviewed Helen Thomas on the White House lawn in May 2010, the famous video that went viral, capturing Helen Thomas saying that the Jews should leave Israel and go back to Germany and Poland, I watched with interest the memorializing of her passing. After all, three years ago, when she delivered her scathing words to me on the White House lawn on Jewish Heritage Day, she was thrown out of her job; the White House press corps banished her, the Nines Agency dropped their representation, her coauthor quit her and numerous speaking engagements were cancelled.

Soon after, the White House removed the plaque bearing her name from her front row seat in the briefing room; her name was removed from the tolerance award at her alma mater Wayne State University and her name was erased from the Society of Professional Journalists’ award as well. President Obama, himself, on camera, said that her words were “indefensible.”

Helen Thomas went on further to tell a national magazine that the Zionists own “Congress, the White House, Hollywood and Wall Street.” Two congressmen, Republican Steve Chabot and Democrat Elliot Engel, even threatened to cancel all funding to the Palestinian Authority specifically because of its award to Helen Thomas.

Certainly one should be able to talk about Israel, disagree and offer various opinions on the White House lawn or any front lawn. But the classic dictionary definition of a bigot and racist is “Blacks go back to Africa” and “Jews go back to Germany.”

Helen Thomas managed 60 years of hiding behind her anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian veil until it was finally removed. And the naked anti-Jewish truth stood before us. Everyone saw it, knew it and threw her out.

Why are the videos, quotes, and evidence of Helen Thomas being a blatant proud anti-Semite being buried?

But upon Helen Thomas’ death, TV show host Mika Brzezinski announced on MSNBC that Helen Thomas was her “role model.” CBS News decided to just change history and say that Helen Thomas said that the Jews should go back to “Europe.” CBS erased the word “Germany.”

President Obama lauded Helen Thomas as a “true pioneer,” ignoring her vile anti-Jewish words that had her thrown out of his house. Newspaper obituaries trivialized her bigotry, characterizing it as a small controversy stemming from her feistiness, and newscasters’ dimples’ grinned, “Oh that Helen, ha-ha.”

While every news source and the U.S. Justice Department scour information resources and beg, steal and borrow to find a nuance of a glimpse of evidence that George Zimmerman is a racist, Helen Thomas is on video blaring and blazing words that threw her out of polite society.

Yet upon her passing, the truth, facts, videos, quotes, and evidence of Helen Thomas being a blatant proud anti-Semite are all buried even before Helen is. Her original apology is sometimes included, but without mention of her continued post apology anti-Jewish words that have been documented. All the media are very quick to throw stones at Rolling Stone magazine’s cover of bombing suspect Tsarnaev, while they themselves air brush and glorify the life of a banished, video proven, anti-Semite Helen Thomas.

Whatever Helen Thomas may have accomplished for females in journalism and women’s rights, she erased by denying Jewish rights and human rights. And last I checked, women are part of humanity and they should be concerned about her denigrating words as well. She is the antithesis of a role model. If you are blessed to have the front row center seat, you should shine the light on the truth, the whole truth, and not take advantage and use it as a bully pulpit. And more recently she spouted disgusting lies about non-existent Israeli atrocities that I wouldn’t even dignify to repeat.

The world is a scary place and those informing us need to pay attention and report with truth. They can start by telling the truth about one of their own. Being a proven, banished, video-documented anti-Semite should not be a small footnote in someone’s obituary. It is ultimately part and parcel of one’s legacy and it infected the world.

I found out the news that Helen Thomas died when I received an email from someone who wrote: “Happy now Kike?” He called me a “nasty filthy and smelly Jew …one of the ones Hitler missed.” I assume Helen Thomas was also his role model.


July 30, 2013

Give Tzedakah! Help create inspiring
articles, videos and blogs featuring timeless Jewish wisdom.
The opinions expressed in the comment section are the personal views of the commenters. Comments are moderated, so please keep it civil.

Visitor Comments: 111

(95) Linda Owen, October 17, 2013 2:08 AM


I am SO sorry to hear that Helen Thomas was such a bigot! I had NO idea and am glad to read this article. I was operating under the assumption that she was a wonderful role model for young women and am saddened to hear she was an idiot.

I am a Christian who happens to have a very open mind and love to learn about other religions. I cannot tell you how sorry I am for the horrible atrocities that have happened to you. I cannot understand why people can't tolerate one another's differences with respect. I want you and everyone to know that not all non-jewish folks are harboring evil thoughts like Helen Thomas. I love who you are and what you stand for. Keep being beautiful and thank you for being an inspiration. May GOD richly bless you all!

Linda Owen

Anonymous, November 24, 2014 4:07 PM

Helen was a friend of my family for decades

Oh, gimme a break. Helen and my (Jewish) father were close friends for decades (as was I), and as an Arab, she was just as much a Semite as anyone else from the Middle East. She was always for tough, direct journalism and never for "gotcha" scenes like the one that this clown set her up for. Helen had more appreciation for humanity and honor in her little finger than this so-called "rabbi" did in his whole being. The world appreciated Russian culture without worshiping the Soviet Union. So it was with Helen and Jewish culture and Israel. I thought hate attacks were reserved for Neo-Nazis and Republicans (not that there is a fine line of distinction between the two).

(94) Sandy Bloom, August 17, 2013 4:49 PM

Racism's iceberg is often held silently until we get a glance at the the tip.

Sometimes, conditions (age, alcohol, loss etc.) uncover silently held prejudices that have been covertly in check for years. We cannot and should not try to alter people's minds directly, but when these attitudes are made public, we have a responsibility to attack them forcefully.

(93) bette, August 15, 2013 4:57 PM

NY Times and Palestinian Terrorist

A few days ago, around Aug 13, an ad paid for by CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) asked people to call the NY Times "and tell the publisher to report the full truth about Israel and its neighbors"
The ad said that the NY Times 'White-Washed a Jewish girl's killer (Malki Roth) who was 15 yrs old when she was killed by a Palestinian terrorist in 2001 in a suicide bombing at a Sbarro Pizzeria in Jerusalem. The terrorist was a woman from the twon of Nabi Saleh in the West Bank. Her name is AhlamTamimi. She planned and helped execute the bombing. She boasted "I have no regrets. I would do it again." In 2013, Sunday, March 15th magazine in the NY Times, featured a glowing cover story romanticizing the Nabi residents as SYMPATHETIC RESISTENCE FIGHTERS and portraying Tamimi as a heroine who merely 'escorted a bomber to the pizzeria. The Times didn't talk about the victims. Malki's mother sent a Letter to the Editor to the Times, but it didn't print it. THE NY TIMES PHONE: 212-556-1234. I don't know who wrote the article, but I hope it wasn't a 'self hating Jew" I'm going to call myself. The national Jewish organizations should buy full page ads in the Cincinnati Inquirer, the Washington Post, Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, et al, explaining the Balfour Agreement, and some history. The media distort everything

(92) Babs, August 14, 2013 2:43 AM

Great article

Thomas was horrid. I appreciate everyone's comments.

See All Comments

Submit Your Comment:

  • Display my name?

  • Your email address is kept private. Our editor needs it in case we have a question about your comment.

  • * required field 2000
Submit Comment