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Helen Thomas Goes Home
Wall Street Opinion Journal ^ | July 22, 2013 | James Taranto

Posted on 07/22/2013 7:06:25 PM PDT by Michael.SF.

An eerie silence descended on American journalism's attic Saturday morning. Elsewhere the house was loud with cries of mourning for 92-year-old Helen Thomas and of celebration for her life.

This columnist was anything but an admirer of Thomas, and normally we'd give the subject a rest out of respect for the recently departed. But the over-the-top encomiums demand a critical examination because they exemplify a moral and intellectual rot within the journalistic profession

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Israel; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: helenthomas; israel; jamestaranto; kentucky
Best part:

The Daily Beast's Eleanor Clift... does manage to reach back and find an example of a story Thomas broke:

Thomas had her share of scoops, and they included being the first to report on the death of Caroline Kennedy's hamster. Laugh if you will, but this was big news in the age of Camelot, when the public was eager for every scrap of information about the first family and their young children. Thomas called White House press secretary Pierre Salinger at 3 a.m. to get confirmation

1 posted on 07/22/2013 7:06:25 PM PDT by Michael.SF.
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To: Michael.SF.

She back in Hell?

Or Lebanon? (Or can she tell the difference?)


2 posted on 07/22/2013 7:07:07 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

3 posted on 07/22/2013 7:11:28 PM PDT by Phillyred
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To: Phillyred

I am loathe to mock the dead, but I laughed at that (the likeness is genuinely uncanny).


4 posted on 07/22/2013 7:14:58 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Michael.SF.
The AP obit reports that "Thomas is to be buried in Detroit, 'the beloved city of her youth,'

Seems appropriate since both outlived their usefulness 50 years ago

5 posted on 07/22/2013 7:18:56 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Michael.SF.

Good ridance Muzzie Beotch!! Rot in Hell. I know. Not very Christian. But what the Hell.


6 posted on 07/22/2013 7:19:08 PM PDT by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal! ,)
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To: Michael.SF.

goes home to.....dirt?


7 posted on 07/22/2013 7:20:07 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Michael.SF. James Taranto:
This columnist was anything but an admirer of Thomas, and normally we'd give the subject a rest out of respect for the recently departed. But the over-the-top encomiums demand a critical examination because they exemplify a moral and intellectual rot within the journalistic profession
Wait -- there's a journalistic profession?


8 posted on 07/22/2013 7:20:10 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: digger48

‘zackly.


9 posted on 07/22/2013 7:20:41 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Michael.SF.

10 posted on 07/22/2013 7:21:58 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: LostInBayport

I’m with you. I have nothing bad to say about her. I am curious why I haven’t seen any articles of praise for Helen. Seems she lived and died without notice. Only heard one report on the news. Saw a photo of her with JFK. That was about it.


11 posted on 07/22/2013 7:22:12 PM PDT by Bronzy
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Helen Thomas will be buried in Detroit, ‘the beloved city of her youth.’


12 posted on 07/22/2013 7:22:26 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Michael.SF.

“...they exemplify a moral and intellectual rot within the journalistic profession...”

ALL of our ‘disciplines’ have been co-opted by Commies!

I don’t give a rat’s rump about this hag, but you’ve GOT to admire the tenacity of the ‘Rats.

Oh, to have another Reagan Revolution where conservatism beats them down! I fear I shall not see it within my lifetime...

We do NOT have the old ‘blood sport’ attitude, IMHO. Very sad. A LOT of individual Americans have it, but our leadership totally sucks.

Herding cats. *SIGH*


13 posted on 07/22/2013 7:25:13 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: SunkenCiv
Wait -- there's a journalistic profession?

LOLOL

Self-described, I'm sure.

14 posted on 07/22/2013 7:27:30 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Michael.SF.

It is with sadness and some relief...


15 posted on 07/22/2013 7:30:50 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: Michael.SF.
they exemplify a moral and intellectual rot within the journalistic profession.

The rot is near complete

16 posted on 07/22/2013 7:31:13 PM PDT by woofie
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To: Bronzy

She certainly got a lot of notice on FR!


17 posted on 07/22/2013 7:32:08 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: Michael.SF.; SunkenCiv

Ms. Thomas was born in Winchester, KY, seventeen miles east of my house. Does this mean she is coming back? I don’t want to see a monument to her, the next time I visit that town.


18 posted on 07/22/2013 7:32:42 PM PDT by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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To: Michael.SF.

Helen Thomas Goes Home.

Go, Helen, Go!


19 posted on 07/22/2013 7:33:14 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great -- until it happens to YOU..)
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To: Michael.SF.
RIP Helen

However, I would use the line in this article for your epitaph:

"moral and intellectual rot within the journalistic profession"

20 posted on 07/22/2013 7:34:02 PM PDT by eeriegeno (<p>)
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To: onyx

Great ones like Reagan, Churchill, and Thatcher are very rare in History.There were three of them in the 20th century. I fear our quota has been oversubscribed and it will be a couple of centuries more before such arise again.


21 posted on 07/22/2013 7:35:44 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: Berosus
Ms. Thomas was born in Winchester, KY, seventeen miles east of my house

Probably in a log cabin.

22 posted on 07/22/2013 7:40:22 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (0bama lied, Stevens died, now 0bama covers up the lies.)
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To: onyx

How ironic, the same weekend both she and her beloved city “died”.


23 posted on 07/22/2013 7:45:40 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Michael.SF.
Tony Snow to Helen Thomas: "Well, thank you for the Hezbollah view..."

Perfect for her headstone.

24 posted on 07/22/2013 7:47:07 PM PDT by TChad
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To: Biggirl

GMTA and now I’m thinking her grave will be unkempt, too.


25 posted on 07/22/2013 7:47:09 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: arthurus

You’re right.


26 posted on 07/22/2013 7:47:44 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Michael.SF.

An eerie silence”

...”eerie”, gross, putrid, disgusting, sickening, evil. They all work!


27 posted on 07/22/2013 7:49:01 PM PDT by albie (t allowed)
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To: Berosus

Maybe Winchester will dedicate a memorial urinal?


28 posted on 07/22/2013 7:53:10 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: arthurus

LOL.
I only heard of her death on the news once. Clicked on this thread to catch up. Guess I missed the BIG news.


29 posted on 07/22/2013 7:53:37 PM PDT by Bronzy
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To: Michael.SF.

I hope they drive a stake through her heart for insurance.


30 posted on 07/22/2013 7:57:29 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: Michael.SF.

“Mr President Arafat, it’s HO......T in here.”


31 posted on 07/22/2013 8:06:29 PM PDT by alstewartfan ("The atmosphere's too cold in here to attract a butterfly like that." Al Stewart)
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To: MotorCityBuck
Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust, from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonour'd, and unsung.

"My Native Land" — Sir Walter Scott


32 posted on 07/22/2013 8:22:52 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: PA Engineer

33 posted on 07/22/2013 8:26:09 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: Michael.SF.

Back to Palestine


34 posted on 07/22/2013 8:28:01 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Michael.SF.

Well...Bye!


35 posted on 07/22/2013 8:39:27 PM PDT by elteemike (Light travels faster than sound...That's why so many people appear bright until you hear them speak!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Lebanon has cypress trees.


36 posted on 07/22/2013 8:51:41 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOS!)
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To: MotorCityBuck

Since I’m not religious. I get to fully enjoy the old bat’s passing all the more! :0)


37 posted on 07/22/2013 9:23:52 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: Michael.SF.
The Daily Beast's Eleanor Clift..

I've seen her on TV. The "Daily Beast" must be named after her.

38 posted on 07/22/2013 11:57:41 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Michael.SF.

“I Got Helen Thomas to Hang Up on Me”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/767492/posts


39 posted on 07/23/2013 12:37:09 AM PDT by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: Michael.SF.

40 posted on 07/23/2013 12:39:33 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: onyx

May she rest in peace. Her final judgment is not in our hands.


41 posted on 07/23/2013 12:47:45 AM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Lord, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life.)
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To: Michael.SF.

Helen Thomas is to be buried in Detroit? What poetic justice: a failed liberal journalist returns to a failed liberal city in Chapter 9 Bankruptcy. Call it Karma.


42 posted on 07/23/2013 3:02:21 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: Michael.SF.

I think she’s going to be one of 76 virgins set aside for a muzzie.


43 posted on 07/23/2013 5:39:28 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: Michael.SF.

“Probably in a log cabin.”

LOL, why not? Daniel Boone’s fort is there, and it inspired a few log cabin buildings in the neighborhood.


44 posted on 07/23/2013 8:00:29 AM PDT by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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To: null and void

“Maybe Winchester will dedicate a memorial urinal?”

I’ll go with that, especially if it’s next to the factory where they make Ale-Eight-One, a very light ginger ale that’s popular in central Kentucky.


45 posted on 07/23/2013 8:05:02 AM PDT by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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To: Michael.SF.
"Helen Thomas Goes Home" ...WTF did they bury her in Martha's Vineyard?
46 posted on 07/23/2013 9:06:49 AM PDT by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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To: Baynative
WTF did they bury her in Martha's Vineyard?

I was thinking more like the Kremlin. She'd look right at home under glass next to Stalin, Lenin and other Communist leaders.

47 posted on 07/23/2013 9:10:38 AM PDT by ssaftler (Oh, hell YEAH!!!! This is absolutely Obama's fault)
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