Helen Thomas Gets A Defender... Hezbollah

06/09/2010 04:10 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Sam Stein Senior Politics Editor, The Huffington Post

Beleaguered and now-retired White House columnist Helen Thomas finally has a defender for her remarks that the Jews in Israel should "get the hell out of Palestine" and return to Germany and Poland. But it's not exactly the type of respected institutional backer one would prefer.

On Wednesday, a Hezbollah spokesperson released a statement calling Thomas's remarks -- which resulted in her release from her speaking agency and resignation from the long-time post she held in the White House briefing room -- "courageous."

"Respected American journalist Helen Thomas's answer shows ... a courageous, bold, honest and free opinion which expresses what people across the globe believe: that Israel is a racist state of murderers and thugs," Hezbollah MP Hussein Moussawi said in a statement.

Alright then.

The Hezbollah statement aside, the one thing left unresolved on the Thomas' controversy is who exactly will take her seat at the front of the briefing room. Both Fox News and Bloomberg are lobbying for the prime time real estate, which was empty on Wednesday, as it has been since the Hearst columnist announced her retirement on Monday following more than five decades of service.

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