Michigan School Ends Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity in Media Award

Wayne State University announced Friday that as a result of the anti-Semitic remarks made by the former White House correspondent the previous day, it is ending its Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity in Media award.

The Detroit Free Press reported Saturday:

Thomas, 90, said Thursday she stands by controversial comments about Israel that led to her resignation as a White House correspondent in June, but then she stoked the controversy with new comments.

"Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall Street are owned by the Zionists. No question," said Thomas, raised in Detroit and the child of Lebanese immigrants. "They put their money where their mouth is."

Wayne State condemned the remarks. Robert Cohen, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit, said WSU made the right call, adding he found it ironic that Thomas' remarks came at an event to address "negative stereotyping of members of the Arab community." [...]

Matthew Seeger, an interim dean, said the award by the Journalism Institute for Media Diversity is to honor work that promotes diversity. The award, he said, "is no longer helping us achieve our goals."

With each passing day, this woman becomes more and more of a disgrace raising the question why she was allowed to be a White House correspondent so long.

(H/T The Blaze)

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.