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INDIANAPOLIS — The board of directors of the Society of Professional Journalists has voted to retire a lifetime achievement award named for longtime journalist Helen Thomas, who has made a series of controversial statements about Jews over the past year.
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The board of the national journalism group made the decision on Friday.
said the SPJ's move follows one by Wayne State University to shelve the Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity in the Media Award over similar concerns.
The 90-year-old Thomas grew up in Detroit and retired as a columnist for
Hearst Newspapers last year after telling an interviewer that Israelis
should get out of the Palestinian territories and go to Germany, Poland
or the US.
She told a crowd in Dearborn, Michigan in December that "Zionists" control Congress, Wall Street and Hollywood.
gave up her front row seat in the White House press room, where she had
aimed often pointed questions at 10 presidents, going back to