If you watch video from the White House Correspondents Dinner you almost feel like you're in Capitol City of The Hunger Games.
At every table the politically powerful are rubbing elbows with the media elite. The reporters and TV personalities, meant to be a check against political power, are seen yukking it up in friendship with congressmen and other DC power-brokers.
It's good to be able to let loose from time to time. Especially for a good cause -- and the WHCD is indeed a fundraiser that dates back as far as the 1920s. In fact, the White House Correspondents' Association was created as a check against rumors that Congress was going to select which journalists could attend press conferences with Woodrow Wilson. At its heart the WHCD is a good natured cause.
But critics say the WHCD has evolved into a week-long festival of relative debauchery and peacock strutting that pulls the media further away from the public it serves and closer to politicians.