Ari Fleischer: Fire Helen Thomas


ari-fleischerLongtime White House scribe Helen Thomas caused more than a few eyebrows to perk up when video surfaced on Friday of her declaring that Jews should “get the h- out of Palestine” and go back to Germany and Poland. Captured by Rabbi David Nesenoff of, the footage made the rounds on mostly conservative and neoconservative sites, with some private complaints that her comments weren’t getting wider play.

Thomas on Friday apologized in a written statement, saying she deeply regretted the comments — which were offered, ironically, during the White House’s Jewish Heritage Celebration.

But even as she was trying to walk back the remarks, calls for her firing mounted. Among the more vocal was former Bush Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, who claimed to have a close relationship with Thomas when he was manning the daily briefings.

“She should lose her job over this,” Fleischer said in an email. “As someone who is Jewish, and as someone who worked with her and used to like her, I find this appalling.”

“She is advocating religious cleansing. How can Hearst stand by her? If a journalist, or a columnist, said the same thing about blacks or Hispanics, they would already have lost their jobs.”

A longtime fixture of the White House press room, Thomas hasn’t exactly hid her politics on the Middle East conflict. The day after Israeli Defense Forces stormed the flotilla, she pressed spokesman Robert Gibbs as to how the administration could stand by the blockade of Gaza and the broader treatment of Palestinians by the Israeli government.

{Huffington Post/ Newscenter}


  1. Helen Thomas never showed any sympathy
    to Eretz Israel when they were being bombarded
    with missles in any of their wars. She looks
    like haman

    JOURNALISTIC CREDENTIALS! imagine a white guy saying all
    African Americans should go home to AFRICA …

  3. Remember everyone- we are in Galus, whether we like it or not. Sometimes we forgot, but the Helen Thomases of the world are sent to remind us not to get too comfortable here.

  4. Yeh Ari, you are a little to late. When you were with Bush, you did nothing to stop the Anti Semitec Colin Powell/ Condi Rice’s policy towards Israel! You are just as guilty.

  5. Had she said this about African-Americans – she’d have been fired instantly. As I’ve said before – the hatred is always there – looking for a chance to ‘leak out’…

  6. It’s not commonly known, but she’s an arab, that’s why she has always had such pro-arab/anti-semitic views. Both of her parents were immigrants from Lebanon, her father’s original last name was “Antonious”.

  7. #10, While we may not agree with Powell, Rice at all times, it is an outrageous lie to call them antismites. At a minimum, recognize that their only fidelity should be to U.S. interests. Be a real man and post your real name like I did!!

  8. Hearst Newspapers spokesman Paul Luthringer emailed the Washington Post: “We deeply regret Helen Thomas’ remarks, which in no way reflect the views of Hearst Newspapers or its employees. Helen has expressed her own profound regret over the incident.”

    Paul J. Luthringer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (212) 649-2540. E-mail: