MARION, Ohio — Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas
acknowledges she touched a nerve with remarks about Israel that led to
her retirement. But she said the comments were "exactly what I thought,"
even though she realized soon afterward that it was the end of her job.
"I hit the third rail. You cannot criticize Israel in this country and
survive," Thomas told Ohio station WMRN-AM in a sometimes emotional
35-minute interview aired on Tuesday. It was recorded a week earlier by
WMRN reporter Scott Spears at Thomas' Washington, D.C., condominium.