Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Fare Thee Well, Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas has "retired" after being recorded offering a breathtakingly racist screed against Israel.

No more will we be treated to her rambling, partisan speeches masquerading as questions to the president.

I do not quibble with her employer's right to dismiss her.  Who wants an employee who will drive away customers?

I am puzzled, though, by the calls that she be rebuked by this or that government official.  Helen Thomas did not work for the government.  She should, therefore, have the right to voice her opinions without fear of official response or sanction.  

When did it become appropriate for a president to pass judgment on the opinions of private citizens?

Has political correctness just devoured one of its founders?

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