Remember Helen Thomas? She's the veteran US reporter who resigned from her position in the White House back in June after her comments that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and return to Germany or Poland.
Now the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee are presenting her with their 2010 Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award:
ADC President, Sara Najjar-Wilson, stated that, "No one deserves the Courage in Journalism award more than Helen Thomas. Helen's unwavering dedication to her work, love for her country, and courage in asking the tough questions that no other person dared ask, are a source of pride to all Americans.
This award is established by the family of the late journalism pioneer Dr. Mohammad T. Mehdi. Dr. M.T. Mehdi regularly challenged the common stereotypes and notions of Arabs in the American mass media and in the public sphere to help create a better understanding of the Arab American community...
One wonders if the award to Helen Thomas, far from challenging common stereotypes and notions of Arabs, will not in fact go some way to reinforcing them.