Just when I thought I had the Helen Thomas resignation (firing) all worked-out in my overburdened brain, along comes the Denver Post’s David Harsanyi and his opinion that Ms. Thomas, 89 (and not 87 as I reported), was fired too hastily.
Harsanyi feels that although Ms. Thomas’ comment that Jews should
“get the hell out of Israel” and go back to Germany or Poland
or the U.S. or wherever they came from was an “ugly opinion”
and “provocative,” that doesn’t mean that “one
voice that is probably more honest than others of similar ideological
disposition—can be expelled from the conversation simply for offending.”
In my previous article, I suggested that Ms. Thomas perhaps was a worthy
candidate for a mild presidential ass kicking as a proxy for the as yet
unnamed BP official responsible for the massive Gulf of Mexico oil leak.
I hereby withdraw this tongue-in-cheek opinion. I see the error of my ways.
It seems that the real issue is, does an opinion reporter have a First
Amendment right to have an opinion published, no matter how offensive
it may be to no matter how many people? Yes. Can there be business consequences
to the person offering that opinion? Yes.
Respects to Mr. Harsanyi.