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Sad end to Thomas' career

One needn't agree with a syllable of what 89-year-old journalist Helen Thomas said about Israel to feel sad about the quick end of her long, trailblazing career covering the White House and then commenting on it. But what she said, though apparently not a surprise to many who know her, was beyond offensive — that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and go "home" to Germany, Poland, America and elsewhere. And as the Washington Post's Jo-Ann Armao blogged, marveling at the initial lack of media attention to Thomas' statement: "Imagine, if you can, if those same comments had been made by a sitting governor, head of Fortune 500 company or even some Hollywood star."