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Helen Thomas Reaction: ‘Outrageous, Indefensible’, ‘Just Shocking’

Helen Thomas.jpgThe fallout continues in the wake of comments made last week by veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas.

In an interview with a blogger, Thomas said Jews should “get the hell out” of Israel and “go home” to Poland, Germany, or America. Yesterday, Thomas apologized for her statements.

Reaction this weekend:
• Entertainment agency Nine Speakers, Inc. has announced that it is dropping Thomas as a client. The firm “is no longer able to represent Ms. Thomas, nor can we condone her comments on the Middle East”.

• On FNC’s Huckabee, Mike Huckabee called Thomas’ remarks “outrageous, anti-Semitic, racist, indefensible. She says that the Jews ought to go home? Helen, they are home. Read Genesis 15, Exodus 23, Numbers 34 — that’s why they are where they are. Helen, I’ve got a suggestion: maybe it’s time for you to go home.”

• Thomas was a topic of discussion on CNN’s Reliable Sources this morning, with Howard Kurtz calling Thomas’ comments “just shocking”.

After the jump, more reaction from columnists and tvnewsers…

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Craig Crawford On Life After MSNBC

Crawford Sanchez.jpgAlmost two months after announcing his departure as an MSNBC political analyst, CQPolitics.com Trail Mix blogger Craig Crawford talks with WebNewser about the power of online video content.

“Punditry for pay on cable is a declining market,” Crawford says. “There’s not that much money in it to be exclusive to any one channel. [Cable news] budgets are tight, and there are so many people who’ll do it for free.”

More on WebNewser: Craig Crawford: ‘Convinced’ Web Video Content is ‘the Future’

Craig Crawford On Leaving MSNBC: ‘I Was Boring Myself, and Surely the Viewers’

Crawford.jpgIn a Friday surprise, MSNBC political analyst Craig Crawford announced on his CQ Politics blog Trail Mix today that he is leaving the network.

“Three months short of my current contract,” he wrote, “I sent the following to the boss, [MSNBC President] Phil Griffin: ‘Phil, Just wanted to give you the heads up that my situation with MSNBC has become so unrewarding for me that I’ve decided to move on. — Craig’”

In an email, Crawford tells TVNewser, “This was a long time coming. I haven’t felt like a good fit for MSNBC since the presidential campaign, and their hard turn toward point-of-view programming.

“So many of my booking calls lately have been for segments bashing Sarah Palin, for instance. I was boring myself, and surely the viewers.

“But no particular event brought this on, just my desire to try other outlets and have more fun. I have a fine and rewarding home with the great folks at CQ-Roll Call. I enjoy blogging for them and doing our web videos.

“Perhaps I’m not cut out to be a cable cowboy anymore, dunno. Prefer remaining independent and do my own thing for any channel, including MSNBC, that books me. After a dozen years with one channel, I’d rather play the field for a while.”

Crawford also had written more in the Trail Mix commenter threads about his decision: “I simply could not any longer endure being a cartoon player for lefty games…” And via Twitter: “Sorry folks, don’t blame me for leavin MSNBC. For whatever reason they chose to ignore me, and I must move on.”

In another blog comment, Crawford singled out MSNBC’s Chris Matthews for criticism. “I have never and never will forgive Chris for calling me a racist after the West Virginia primary (the last time I will ever go on air with him). Probably should have resigned then and there, but better late than never.”

Crawford had originally written on his blog that he would appear Monday on FNC’s Fox & Friends. A Fox spokesperson, though, tells TVNewser he is not booked on the program — and the information is no longer posted on Trail Mix.

• Earlier: Newsers Turn Out For Helen Thomas-Craig Crawford Book Party

Newsers Turn Out For Helen Thomas-Craig Crawford Book Party

DC 014.jpgTVNewser was there as friends and colleagues feted veteran newswoman Helen Thomas and MSNBC political analyst Craig Crawford at their book party in Washington, DC last night. The pair have collaborated on Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do.

Crawford, also a Congressional Quarterly columnist, tells TVNewser he recently re-upped with MSNBC. Network colleague Andrea Mitchell was in attendance, as were CNN correspondents Suzanne Malveaux and Dan Lothian, and CNN political director Sam Feist.

Listen Up, Mr. President… explores the “qualities, attitudes, and political and personal choices that make for the most successful leaders, and the least.”

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Bill O’Reilly Sends Flowers to Helen Thomas

No, Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly doesn’t have a secret Valentine’s Day crush on the dean of the White House Press Corps. It’s an apology bouquet, of sorts.

O’Reilly called Thomas, the “wicked witch of the east” earlier this week on his show. SoupCans talked with Thomas who got the flowers today. Her only response: “I’d like to thank Bill O’Reilly for the flowers.”

Way to take the high road Helen. Will you be our Valentine?

The Ticker: CNBC, FNC, MSNBC…

> CNBC announced the new schedule for Fast Money and Mad Money during the Olympics. From August 11-22, Fast Money will air 1-1:30pmET, and 1-2pmET on Fridays. Mad Money airs 1:30-2:00pmET (Monday-Thursday), and for a full hour at 11pmET.

> Madonna‘s brother, Christopher Ciccone is taking his tell-all book to FNC’s Hannity & Colmes tonight, in a cable exclusive. He was on ABC’s Good Morning America yesterday and today.

> FishbowlDC offers up a special video edition of Separated at Birth. Enjoy the vocal intonations of Barney Fife and MSNBC analyst Craig Crawford, last night on Verdict with Dan Abrams.