Helen Thomas Retires Amid Fracas
White House correspondent done-in by comments on Israeli Jews
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2010 12:00 PM CDT
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(Newser) – White House correspondent Helen Thomas retired today amid a brouhaha surrounding her comments that Israeli Jews should "go home," reports USA Today. The 89-year-old Hearst columnist had covered every administration since JFK's, but succumbed to intense scrutiny that included a White House admonition, being dropped by her speaking agency, and being asked not to give a high school commencement address. Thomas, the author of several books, missed this morning's White House press conference.

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