Helen Thomas Returns to Journalism With Local Column

Thursday, Jan 6, 2011  |  Updated 4:15 PM EDT
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Helen Thomas Returns to Journalism With Local Column

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Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas in November 2008.

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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.

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