High School Cancels Speech by Helen Thomas
She agrees to skip commencement talk after complaints
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2010 2:02 AM CDT
Updated Jun 7, 2010 5:00 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Helen Thomas has agreed to back out of a commencement speech at a Washington DC high school following complaints by students and parents. The veteran White House correspondent has come under fire for an interview in which she said Jews should "get the hell out" of Israel and go back to Germany and other countries where they came from. If Thomas had appeared at Walt Whitman High School there would have been "a lot of people booing her off the stage," one Whitman parent tells the Washington Post.

"It would be an embarrassment." The school had received emails from parents and students suggesting that the appearance be canceled. "One worries about freedom of speech," but "the biggest concern is this is the kids' day, and nothing should be a distraction," said the president of the school board. Former Bush press chief Ari Fliescher has called for Thomas to be fired.

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fancygapva
Jun 7, 2010 10:54 PM CDT
Helen will write one asskicking book. She's known more Presidents than any other reporter and has a perspective on history, whether or not one agrees with her, that few reporters have.
Dorkapotamus
Jun 7, 2010 6:58 PM CDT
U kidding? As soon as that upcoming speech looks like it could be the least bit interesting, they go and cancel it?
Naked_Emperor
Jun 7, 2010 5:00 PM CDT
Love helen thomas. Remember her and cris reid going after gibbs when obama did his "invite only, email question for pre-screening" town hall meeting. Unfortunately she has just announced her retirement. Just for the record I an totally pro Israel.