Should we just get rid of the White House Correspondents' Dinner? | The Tylt
Should we just get rid of the White House Correspondents' Dinner?
Comedian Michelle Wolf didn't hold back in her routine at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. She took jabs at President Trump, his associates and the media for enabling him.
"You guys are obsessed with Trump... Did you used to date him? Because you pretend to hate him but I think you love him. I think what no one in this room wants to admit is that Trump has helped all of you. He couldn't sell steaks or vodka or water or college or ties or Eric. But he has helped you. He's helped you sell your papers and your books and your TV. You helped create this monster and now you're profiting off of him."
But others have been asking the more important question: Why have the White House Correspondents' Dinner at all? Journalists are supposed to hold those in power accountable, not cozy up to them at flashy, celebrity-filled events.
So I was in DC yesterday, hut I skipped the White House Correspondent's Dinner. It's an event I dislike. 1. It's not fun. 2. It's boring. 3. I dislike the idea of putting on a gown to both party with and mock people reporters are supposed to be covering. 1/
Journalists are supposed to be in an antagonistic relationship w those in power. They should know the role of satire as social critique in a democracy-esp w a lying propagandist as Press Sec. This is what happens when 4th estate abdicates all responsibility in exchange for access https://t.co/DddXGRLBmS
But others think we shouldn't take Nerd Prom so seriously, it's healthy for the Washington elite to laugh at themselves every once in a while. Some of the greatest political moments have come out of the Correspondents' Dinner, lest we forget President Obama's scathing takedown of Trump in 2011?
Some believe that Trump's reluctance to attend the White House Correspondents dinner has everything to do with Obama dragging him back in 2011.
We shouldn't abandon Nerd Prom just because Donald Trump is president. Michelle Wolf's monologue was brilliant, and we wouldn't have seen it if the Correspondents' Dinner ceased to exist.
This notion that the #WHCD must change radically—and maybe even take a year off—is absurd. Because Trumpy is upset about a couple of jokes at the little roast? Don’t ever talk to me about snowflakes. Ever.