The forced retirement of Helen Thomas, so-called "dean of the White House press corps," was about 20 or 30 years overdue, in my opinion. The daffy old crone has been making a fool of herself for at least that long, maybe longer, by badgering presidents and presidential press secretaries with all sorts of stupid, slanted, irrelevant questions. But she was tolerated, even venerated by colleagues, as long as the silliness came with a left-leaning spin. Only after Israel became the target of her barbs did press corps colleagues finally decide that she'd gone too far -- which only serves to confirm the political bias that's so deeply ingrained in the biz.
Enjoy your retirement, old war horse. I know I will.