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

(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.

In this May 27, 2010 file photo, Helen Thomas listens to President Barack Obama during a news conference in the East Room of the White House.
In this May 27, 2010 file photo, Helen Thomas listens to President Barack Obama during a news conference in the East Room of the White House.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
Longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas returns to her desk at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, after a recent illness.
Longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas returns to her desk at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, after a recent illness.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Frances Lewine, left, of The Associated Press, and reporter Helen Thomas ask President John F. Kennedy for copies of his announcement pledging Federal power to preserve order and lives in Birmingham, Ala., seen in this May 1963 file photo.
Frances Lewine, left, of The Associated Press, and reporter Helen Thomas ask President John F. Kennedy for copies of his announcement pledging Federal power to preserve order and lives in Birmingham,...   (AP Photo/Bill Allen)
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