Helen Thomas says comments were 'exactly what I thought'

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.