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Society Of Professional Journalists Ends Helen Thomas Award

Helen Thomas

01/14/11 11:00 PM ET   AP

INDIANAPOLIS — The board of directors of the Society of Professional Journalists has voted to retire a lifetime achievement award named for longtime journalist Helen Thomas, who has made a series of controversial statements in recent months.

The board of the Indianapolis-based national journalism group made the decision on Friday.

The Detroit News says the SPJ's move follows one by Wayne State University to shelve the Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity in the Media Award over similar concerns.

The 90-year-old Thomas grew up in Detroit and retired as a columnist for Hearst Newspapers last year after telling an interviewer that Israelis should get out of the Palestinian territories and go to Germany, Poland or the U.S.

She told a crowd in Dearborn in December that "Zionists" control Congress, Wall Street and Hollywood.

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