Helen Thomas, the legendary White House reporter who paved the way for female journalists covering politics, will retire following a firestorm over comments she made about Jews in Israel.
On Monday, Hearst News Service, her latest employer, announced the immediate retirement of Thomas.
Thomas, who turns 90 in August, told a rabbi at a White House event last month that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and go back to Germany and Poland or the United States. Her comments were caught on videotape and widely circulated.
The remarks caused an uproar, although she had immediately apologized.
It wasn’t much of an apology. In fact, it sounded more like she was just sorry for being caught.