Helen Thomas is retiring.
In a situation like this, a simple “good riddance” doesn’t suffice. This woman should have retired years ago, but I’m glad she didn’t. If she’d retired a week ago, the world wouldn’t know what a dirtbag she is. Now she can enjoy some well-deserved ignominy in her retirement.
Also, the press is going now to have to take a long look at themselves and wonder why they allowed her such a privileged position for so long. The White House Correspondents Association sees the problem:
The incident does revive the issue of whether it is appropriate for an opinion columnist to have a front row seat in the WH briefing room. That is an issue under the jurisdiction of this board. We are actively seeking input from our association members on this important matter, and we have scheduled a special meeting of the WHCA board on Thursday to decide on the seating issue.
I’m sure they will exonerate themselves, but I’m glad they’re feeling a little discomfort.
UPDATE: Jonah Goldberg adds:
Can we do away with all of the shock and dismay at Thomas’ statement? Spare me Lanny Davis’s wounded outrage. Everyone knows she is a nasty piece of work and has been a nasty piece of work for decades. . .
All of these condemnations, equivocations, repudiations, and protestations are all fundamentally silly because they are part of a D.C. Kabuki that treats the last straw as if it was wholly different than the million other straws everyone was happy to carry.
Suddenly, all of these people and groups are stunned to discover that Helen Thomas is . . . Helen Thomas. Feh.
Well, I think that taking a pro-Holocaust position is a bit further than even Helen Thomas has gone before, but his point is well taken.
UPDATE: John Hinderaker notes that the New York Times has yet to cover the story in its print edition.