Famed Journalist Critical of Wayne State

By: AP
By: AP
" class="fancy" rel="story_group" href="http://media.graytvinc.com/images/WH-Press-HelenThomas.jpg"> Renowned journalist Helen Thomas says Wayne State Univ. in Detroit "made a mockery of the First Amendment" by canceling an award named in her honor. Wayne State officials decided to end the Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity Award due to comments she made which the university officials consider anti-Semitic.

In this May 27, 2010 file photo, Helen Thomas listens to President Barack Obama during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Controversial remarks about Israel by veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas drew sharp criticism from the Obama administration on Monday, as well as the cancellation of a high school graduation speech she was to deliver. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked at his daily briefing with reporters about President Barack Obama's reaction to Thomas' remarks. Gibbs called them "offensive and reprehensible." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

DETROIT (AP) -- Longtime journalist Helen Thomas blasted her Detroit alma mater for pulling an award named for her because of comments she made that the university called anti-Semitic.
The Wayne State University alumna told the Detroit Free Press for a story Monday that the school "made a mockery of the First Amendment" by ending the Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity Award.
The university cited comments Thomas made while speaking last week in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn. She said the White House, Hollywood and Wall Street are owned by "Zionists."
Thomas resigned in June as a Hearst Newspaper columnist after she said Israelis should get "out of Palestine."
Thomas was born to Lebanese immigrants in Kentucky and raised in Detroit. She worked much of her career as a United Press International reporter.


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  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Dec 7, 2010 at 01:57 PM
    Apparently Helen didn't realize the name of the award previously named for her. Gosh, Helen, it's a Diversity Award. Helen is an anti-semitic. She made several public anti-Jewish statements, and regularly used her former position as a White House journalist to criticize Jerusalem and America's support for that nation.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2010 at 12:30 PM
    Try making anti "Arab" statements and see how far your first amendment rights stand with Thomas.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2010 at 11:11 AM
    Freedom of speech goes both ways. If a corporation or school decides that a liberal view is too offensive, they are consider impeding freedom of speech. If they restrict someone like charles manson, they would be considered heroes.
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