Veteran journalist and public irritant Helen Thomas just announced her retirement, effective immediately. I wonder what might have prompted that?
Her decision comes after her controversial remarks about Israel hit the blogosphere. She later apologized for her comments, saying she “deeply regretted” making them….
The reaction of most reporters, friends and former White House officials was that while the end to Thomas’s career is sad, it is hardly surprising.
“It really is sadness. She should have retired years ago,” one longtime friend said. “But I don’t think anyone is surprised at the anti-Israeli remarks. She has never made any secret of her animus toward Israel. I just hate to see her remembered for this instead of the pioneering work she did.
“ Former White House press secretary Dana Perino said: “It’s a sad but appropriate end.”
I wish her a peaceful and quiet retirement. Emphasis on quiet.