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Helen Thomas Returns to Journalism With Local Column



    Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas in November 2008.

    Legendary journalist and former White House correspondent Helen Thomas is coming out of retirement.

    The 90-year-old journalist is resuming her weekly political affairs column, which is published in print and online exclusively in the Falls Church News-Press.

    Thomas was asked to resign her post as White House correspondent in June 2010 after making comments that some claimed were anti-Semitic. When asked about Israel after commandos boarded a ship and killed civilians who were on a humanitarian mission to Gaza, Thomas commented that “they should get the hell out of Palestine … go home to Germany, Poland, America and everywhere else.”

    Nicholas Benton, the owner-editor of the News-Press, defended his decision to bring Thomas back.

    “Ms. Thomas’ comments were intemperate and inappropriate, as she conceded afterward … I am proud that a journalist of the stature and professionalism of Helen Thomas is relaunching her career … and she more than deserves, and I am honored to help provide her the proverbial ‘second chance.’”

    Thomas has covered every president on a day-to-day basis since 1960.

    Her first column in her return is on Social Security reform and can be found on page 13 of theFalls Church News-Press.