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White House Correspondents Dinner Wallows In Self Pity and Irrelevance as Trump Has Fun

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For the second year, President Trump has declined to perform self-mortification by attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in favor of a rally. This year it was in Green Bay, WI. And while he was there he had some yuks at the expense of the media.

While Trump was taking the path not traveled by Hillary Clinton, the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, a guy named, improbably, Olivier Knox was wallowing in self pity. Here is his speech. By the end of it you will want to drink yourself into oblivion out of boredom.

OLIVIER KNOX: I don’t want to dwell on the president. This is not his dinner. It’s ours, and it should stay ours. But I do want to say this. In nearly 23 years as a reporter, I’ve been physically assaulted by Republicans and Democrats, spat on, shoved, had crap thrown at me. I’ve been told by senior administration officials of both parties that I will never work in Washington again.

And there was a brief moment in Afghanistan when I thought a soldier not quite old enough to shave would shoot me dead for the crime of taking a picture inside the presidential palace.

And yet I still separate my career to before February 2017 and what came after. And February 2017 is when the president called us the “enemy of the people.” A few days later my son asked me, “Is Donald Trump going to put you in prison?” At the end of a family trip to Mexico, he mused if the president tried to keep me out of the country, at least Uncle Josh is a good lawyer and will get you home.

I’ve had to tell my family not to touch packages on our stoop. My name is on a statement criticizing the president for celebrating a congressman’s criminal assault on a reporter. I’ve had death threats, including one this week. Too many of us have. It shouldn’t need to be said in a room full of people who understand the power of words but fake news and enemies of the people are not punch lines, pet names or presidential. And we should reject politically expedient assaults on the men and women whose hard work makes it possible to hold the powerful to account.

I don’t even know what to think about a pseudo-man who is so emotionally fragile that he can actually believe this crap. First off, “Olivier” should know that he’s telling a lie in his introductory paragraphs. Trump never called “us” the “enemy of the people.” He called “Fake News” the “enemy of the people.” Either “Olivier” is knowingly spreading a falsehood (most probable) or he’s owning the fact that he’s a member of Fake News. And what kind of intellectually stunted conversations go on in a home that has a kid thinking that Trump was going to put journalists in prison…this is sort of a rhetorical question because no sane person believes this crap. How many reporters have been blown up by package bombs? And how many people who have been the subject of media stories have received death threats? On this latter issue, my feeling is that if you work in an amoral organization that will destroy reputations for sh**s and grins and cause other people to receive death threats you have no right to be surprised or offended when the same happens to you.

The whole claim that reporters “hold the powerful to account” is unadulterated bullsh**. The carry on a jihad against Republicans and against conservatives but they could give a fat rat’s ass what the Democrats do. How much coverage was given of Bernie Sanders’s wife driving a small college out of business by illegal land speculation? How many articles were written downplaying Hillary Clinton keeping several thousand classified documents on a server that had no security measures? Was Eric Holder ever held accountable by the press for Fast & Furious and lying to Congress? No. They weren’t. On the other hand, did the media knowingly flog a totally bogus story–that would be the collusion hoax—for 670 days and then act like it had acted properly. In fact, the media, virtually all of them, ran story after breathless story of bogus stories of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and none of them bothered to examine the provenance of the documents involved or talk about who was paying the bills.

The nation owes Donald Trump an immense debt of gratitude for revealing the Washington media game for the incestuous Democrat plantation that it is. At least now we can see them in their natural element. They aren’t glitzy and glamorous. They are pathetic, petty, and irrelevant little people who are living sorry, worthless piss-ant lives trying to tear down people who are much better than they will ever aspire to be.

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Beltway, First Amendment in crisis as White House boycotts WHCA dinner

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After last year’s Nerd Prom fiasco, this might secretly be welcome news to both sides of the ongoing White House briefing room battle. No one from the White House will attend the annual dinner staged by the White House Correspondents Association, on orders from Trump administration official Bill McGinley. The move comes as relations continue to deteriorate between the White House and the press:

The White House has directed administration officials not to attend the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) annual dinner this weekend, officials said Tuesday. “The president and members of his administration will not attend the White House Correspondents Dinner this year,” the White House said in a statement.

CNN and Politico had reported earlier that White House Cabinet secretary Bill McGinley issued an order to agency chiefs on Tuesday morning to instruct officials to boycott the Saturday night dinner.

Trump has already announced he will hold a campaign rally in Green Bay, Wis., in order to counter-program the dinner, which he denounced as “so boring and so negative.”

The immediate reaction to this should be … so? Why should it matter whether administration officials show up to a WHCA dinner event? CNN’s Jake Tapper, Brian Stelter, and Allie Malloy argue that we should all care very much because of the need to protect press freedom:

Sanders had attended the two previous dinners under the Trump administration. Last year, she was infamously roasted by comedian Michelle Wolf while sitting at the head table on stage.

Afterward, while commentators debated whether the performance was too mean-spirited, Trump said Wolf “bombed” and set her up as a symbol of Hollywood elitism, someone for his base to oppose.

But the black-tie dinner is not fundamentally about comedy acts or partisan politics — it is a fundraiser and awards event that acknowledges the role of the free press and allows journalists to schmooze with sources and each other. News outlets pay for tables and invite administration aides, lawmakers, other government officials and the occasional Hollywood celebrity.

The dinner is a chance to strike up new relationships and get to know White House staffers. Sanders and her press assistants mingled with journalists at receptions leading up to last year’s dinner.

And look what happened to her afterward. Sanders wasn’t “roasted,” a type of social event which requires the active consent and participation of the roastee. Wolf launched a mean-spirited diatribe against Sanders and others, secure in the knowledge that the WHCA’s arrangements precluded any immediate consequences or rebuttals. Calling that a “roast” is intellectually dishonest, as is their argument for the value of the White House’s participation. They’re arguing that it’s essentially transactional, and then complain that the White House is taking too transactional a view of last year’s debacle.

That’s not to say that childishness is limited to one side of this equation. After getting heavily criticized for last year’s awful showing, the WHCA did make a significant change to its format. They opted for comity rather than comedy by eliminating the keynote speech from an entertainer, instead inviting historian Ron Chernow to address the topic of free speech. That concession could have prompted the White House to act with some grace; why not just shrug it off and hold the rally without ordering a boycott?

The answer: because Trump always opts for escalation, and many in the media do as well. And then both compete for victimhood. Speaking of which, here’s Stelter arguing that the White House refusal to allow attendance at the dinner is an “attack” on the media:

In contrast, my friend Olivier Knox, president of the WHCA, struck the right tone in response:

“We’re looking forward to an enjoyable evening of celebrating the First Amendment and great journalists past, present, and future,” Olivier Knox, WHCA president, said in a statement responding to the reports.

Olivier’s not taking this tack, but expect to hear a lot about this boycott being an affront to press freedom and the First Amendment over the next few days from others in the media. Don’t take that too seriously; skipping Nerd Prom is a lot less significant than, say, eliminating daily press briefings at the White House and elsewhere. And even those were overrated, having transformed some time ago into opportunities for posturing rather than enlightenment.

That brings us back to my first reaction. If the White House doesn’t want to attend … so what?The WHCA can present awards and honor the First Amendment with or without the Undersecretary of Agriculture for Fish Egg Development on hand to witness the spectacle or walk the red carpet with media celebs. The dinner will taste the same, and the media who take part in it will give it plenty of coverage. Donald Trump will hold his own party in Green Bay, and media will cover that too. This isn’t an existential crisis for free speech — it’s a contest between two sets of elites for bragging rights on throwing the coolest party, that’s all.

The post Beltway, First Amendment in crisis as White House boycotts WHCA dinner appeared first on Hot Air.

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