Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Jonah Goldberg's obituary
of Helen Thomas is on the money, justly indicating that too many others
have been puff pieces. A lack of actual accomplishment and an animus against
the United States and Israel emerge as the two dominant themes of Thomas's
Still, as time went by, the awards poured in as Thomas became a Washington institution, with cameos in Hollywood movies and even The Simpsons. But the "odd thing about her awards and citations," [Jonathan] Chait noted, "is that they almost never mention any specific contributions she has made to journalism save for being female and, well, old." [minor format edits]And:
Ironically, her views on Israel made the woman who knocked down doors quite eager to lock them behind her. It was widely rumored -- and reported by Slate magazine -- that she kept pro-Israel New York Times columnist Bill Safire out of the Gridiron Club for years until he turned 70. When Slate asked her about this, she replied, "I don't think I'll talk to you anymore," and hung up. [minor format edits]Goldberg claims he can come up with only one explanation -- that used by Delta House as its "defense" in Animal House -- for Thomas's plaudits:" But sir, Delta Tau Chi has a long tradition of existence to its members and to the community at large." He gets the laugh, and such a joke is surely what this person deserves. I thought at first that Goldberg could have been more explicit about the fact that Thomas's iconic status said much more about her promoters than it did about her, but I changed my mind on that: Simply pointing these things out will be enough for an independent thinker to figure this out for himself.
Past a certain point, connecting dots can amount to helping an intellectual opponent pass himself off as open to rational argument. That is more than the perpetrators of this fraud deserve.