White House Correspondents’ Dinner: Send In The Clowns
White House Correspondents’ Dinner: Send In The Clowns
It’s been likened to school starting after a long summer’s break. After two years, The White House Correspondents’ Dinner (WHCD) has returned to D.C.
The event featured “a diverse group” of attendees to include Trevor Noah headlining after the two-year hiatus as well as Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson’s Red Carpet debut. Oh, the joy. Melinda French Gates, Martha Stewart, Sophia Bush and Drew Barrymore were also in attendance.
The event, often dubbed “Nerd Prom” was much anticipated after it’s two-year break with much buzz across the beltway. Side note: Honestly, why they call it the “Nerd Prom” is beyond me. It’s an insult to nerds who actually have brains. To call this a “Nerd Prom” would be implying there was some small amount of intellect here. Many commented on the event of the evening-one that has been organized to commemorate the “important” contribution journalists have to this “democracy” of ours. (I think I just gagged). Here is what some of them said:
So here’s one of the few good things about the WHCD: It recognizes good student journalists and brings a handful of them to the dinner. I teach in the journalism school at NYU and student journalists do a lot of important work that gets picked up by major outlets (sometimes with no credit). Recognizing the real work they do is one of the better things the correspondents’ association does. It’s so nice to see the next generation of journalists being recognized and encouraged, especially in an environment that’s increasingly hostile to journalists.”-Elizabeth Spiers
Especially when some of those journos are women who are afraid of an Elon Musk Twitter takeover, right, Elizabeth?
Then there’s Oprah’s BFF, Gayle King. She praised President Joe Biden for his handling of the Covid-19 testing at the WHCD and coined the new term for the coupling of Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson; “Keat”. To me, it sounds too much like “Yeet” but whatever on that one. Who the hell cares?
Who else was “vibing” at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, according to Ja’han Jones? Capitol Police Sgt. Harry Dunn, and the Nanny’s Fran Drescher. Sheryl Lee Ralph, of ABC’s “Abbott Elementary,” had this to say about the importance of the press:
I’m very happy we have this event coming back because around the world, journalists, certain media outlets have been vilified. It’s got to stop. There are so many people who have trained, worked hard to deliver the news… Stop trying to tell us that journalism is bad. When that happens, something deeper is going on in the country and that must be stopped. And things must change. Tonight is all about good journalists, good journalism, great media and the work that they do, and I’m here to be in their company and applaud them.”-Sheryl Lee Ralph
Good journalists? They’re only good, in the eyes of politicians if they are following the script and kissing their asses. They are only good if they are not deviating from the narrative. Translation: they are not all that good. Most of them are puppets, talking heads. Slaves to the almighty dollar and the institutions that keep them employed. Most are scared shitless of losing their jobs. It only takes one bad ratings period or saying the wrong thing in this particular industry to get you banned for life from ever working again. It is a miserable existence, if you ask me.
Oh, but do not attack the press at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner!
…And when we begin to attack and denigrate what the press does, what you all do — when we begin to act as though being at an event like this, and heralding the work of journalists around the world doesn’t matter — democracy hangs in the balance because democracy only exists with the truth. So I think it’s about time the most powerful man in the world showed up to honor the press. And you know, maybe it’s because we have a president who likes democracy again, that we’re here.”-Sophia Bush
Oh, mercy.Soooo glad Sophia Bush mentioned the most powerful man in the world. The “most powerful man in the world”, according to Sophia Bush? None other than Joe Biden himself. Biden, attended-which according to Press Secretary, Jen Psaki was “in stark contrast to his predecessor“. Out of concerns of catching COVID, Joe refrained from eating dinner (even though he’s been vaxxed and boosted a bazillion times) but remained unmasked and opened his mouth enough to deliver a few comments:
President Biden: "Ronald Reagan said, 'Mr. Gorbachev, tear this wall down! Today’s Republicans say, tear down Mickey Mouse's house! And pretty soon they’ll be storming Cinderella's castle, and you can be sure of it." pic.twitter.com/ajwVYmQ5Ga
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) May 1, 2022
To the Democrats, though, the old guy with the tie that was just as crooked as his son’s Hunter shady dealings is a freaking riot. It is no wonder why we are a mockery. To liken the Reagan Berlin Wall speech to “Republicans wanting to tear down Mickey’s Kingdom” is absurd. The fact that journalists in the room were laughing at this joke even makes the White House Correspondents’ Dinner even more absurd. But sure, let’s herald the great work they do and the rigorous training they have to endure to deliver the news to us! They deserve the self-congratulatory pat on the back and to hear from the “most powerful man in the world” before he retires for the evening with his celebratory cup of hot milk and Matlock re-runs.
Clowns, bootlickers and bad comedy-all vibing-at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The only thing missing was the Easter Bunny. At least a rascally rabbit would have made this snooze-fest of zombies seem more entertaining.
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