Pioneering Journalist Helen Thomas Dies at 92

Veteran reporter was forced to resign in 2010 after commenting that ‘Jews should go back to Germany.'

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Helen Thomas, a long-time White House correspondent and a pioneer for women in journalism, has died. She was 92.

A friend, Muriel Dobbin, says Thomas died at her apartment in Washington on Saturday morning. Dobbin says Thomas had been ill for a long time, had been in and out of the hospital, and had come home Thursday.

Thomas made her name as a bulldog for United Press International in the great wire-service rivalries of old. She used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents - often to their discomfort and was not shy about sharing her opinions.
In 2011, Thomas said in an interview that the Jews did not have to leave Germany and Poland following the Holocaust since they were not being persecuted anymore, adding that the Jews had no right to take other people's land.

A year before, Thomas stepped down from her job as a columnist for Hearst News Service after a rabbi and independent filmmaker videotaped her outside the White House calling on Israelis to get "out of Palestine."

In this Aug. 4, 2009, file photo, Helen Thomas celebrates her 89th birthday with President Barack Obama, celebrating his 48th birthday.Credit: AP
Helen Thomas.Credit: Reuters

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