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Back In The Saddle: Helen Thomas Resumes Her Column

It’s been seven months since Helen Thomas resigned as a member of the White House Press Corps after making comments that “Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall Street are owned by Zionists” and suggesting Jews “go home” to Poland and Germany. Now, Thomas is back to writing, crafting a weekly political column for the Falls Church News-Press. You can read her first post back – titled “Privatizing Social Security Again?” – right here.

The FCNP welcomed Thomas back warmly – and was not afraid to address the controversy surrounding her statements. It writes:

She declared her retirement abruptly on June 8, 2010 following a firestorm of criticism that arose from spontaneous taped comments she made the day before that some claimed to be anti-Semitic.

But in a statement also published in today’s edition, News-Press owner-editor Nicholas F. Benton writes that, as one who has known Ms. Thomas since 1991, “She is progressive, and following my more than eight hours of direct, one-on-one talks with her since the events of last June, I remain firmly convinced that she is neither bigoted, nor racist, nor anti-Semitic.”

Update: The American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants has responded to Benton’s comments.

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