The biggest problem with the Helen Thomas story is that she kept it under wraps for so long.

Anyone who watched a presidential press conference knew she was hostile to Israel, but the depth of that hostility was not known.

We have created a media culture where inappropriate or politically incorrect thoughts cannot be spoken, not by journalists, talk show hosts, politicians, or anyone else who wants to keep their job.

This time, it swung around to hit someone on the left.

Usually, it swings around to hit someone in the center or right.

By forcing journalists to keep their biases to themselves for fear of job loss, we do nothing to address the bias.

We simply drive the thoughts underground, where they percolate to the surface in the form of biased reporting by a supposedly unbiased reporter.

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