As we predicted the Helen Thomas story has blown up over the weekend. Thomas did not show up for the White House briefing this morning, and word has it the WHCA is discussing the matter. It is a sad turn of affairs for a reporter who had, until now, such a long, illustrious, and pioneering career (our own Tommy Christopher notes “seats at #whbrief are assigned, but if someone doesn’t show, they’re fair game. Except Helen’s seat”). And it may get worse.
Rabbi David Nesenoff, whose interview with Thomas at the White House Jewish Heritage Day resulted in her now infamous remarks about Jews “getting the hell out of Palestine” and going “home” to Germany, or Poland, appeared on Fox & Friends this morning. Nesenoff noted that he was just as surprised as anyone else at Thomas’ comments and that he had intended the interview to be “light”: “I was dumbfounded and hurt by it.”
Nesenoff also revealed that “there was more to the video” and that “part two is coming out in the next day or so.” Nesenoff would not disclose what “more” consisted of except that the visual “explains it all.” I must admit I find the fact he is waiting a “day or two” to get it up when there is clearly such a clamor for this story somewhat questionable. Additionally, one wonders whether Thomas will still have her job in a day or two, and if she doesn’t whether any additional video will really matter in the larger picture. One last point: Nesenoff, clearly not one to miss his moment in the spotlight, has invited President Obama to join him on a trip to Israel.
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