This year’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner featured some very witty, very funny, and very rude comments from the gifted Michelle Wolf. But, there are at least some journalists who are suggesting the White House Correspondents’ Dinner should be shut down as being embarrassing, and a real danger to the credibility of the press. Among these is The Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan who writes that at the best of times the Dinner is uncomfortable, and in the current age, it is “suicidal.”
“Trust in the mainstream media is low, a new populism has caught fire all over the Western world, and President Trump constantly pounds the news media as a bunch of out-of-touch elites who don’t represent the interests of real Americans,” she says. “The annual dinner — or at least the optics of the dinner — seems to back him up.”
Sullivan argues that the dinners send an incredibly unfortunate message to America. It makes reporters look like over-privileged rich people in tuxes and gowns partying with the very people they’re supposed to be reporting on. Meanwhile, she says, Trump is out being with his base, not fake news writers who say nasty things about him.
So, all in all, it would be better just to get rid of the dinners and not look quite so much like the very people Trump says are destroying the country. At the moment, she says, “…this festive night, always unseemly, is now downright counterproductive to good journalism’s goals. It only serves to reinforce the views of those who already hate the media elite.”
Here at LR Net, we’re anything but the media elite. In fact, we are not even the media scum. You need to go several cuts up from us before you get to that level. But, still, we have to admit that she’s got a point. Maybe the Dinner is a bit embarrassing at this stage of our national history.
So, what do we do instead? We’ve got a suggestion. The White House Correspondents still have their dinner, but only the press attends.
The press…and several gifted comedians, who will take the Trump administration apart bit by bit, and in a perfectly lovely way.
Oh, if only George Carlin were still with us.