Our Free Press, the fourth estate that is supposed to state truth to power gave themselves a self-serving trade show that some affectionately call The Nerd Prom, and horror of horrors comedian Michelle Wolf brought the truth to power to our courtesan press:
Michelle Wolf: “You guys are obsessed with Trump. Did you used to date him? Because you pretend like you 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.” #WHCD pic.twitter.com/NVV5hnnd1L
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) April 29, 2018
Imma bet a Quatloo that Wolf not be added to the next Village Cocktail Party Invite list.
The Villagers were scandalized by Wolf’s set and immediately started defending their Rolodexes (does anyone use those things any more), especially Elmira Gantry Huckabee-Sanders:
That @PressSec sat and absorbed intense criticism of her physical appearance, her job performance, and so forth, instead of walking out, on national television, was impressive.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 29, 2018
Lot of critics but she has always been decent and professional to me — if not entirely forthcoming (and I don’t expect any press secretary to be!) https://t.co/bM6Efz2Xmf
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) April 29, 2018
— Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) April 29, 2018
…and of course they defended their access to the people who lie to their face:
Michelle Wolf — and the WHCD — really played into Trump’s hand tonight. Trump is vulgar and mean-spirited, but that doesn’t mean that Wolf needed to be the same.
— Stuart Rothenberg (@StuPolitics) April 29, 2018
I sat there, not laughing and aghast at many of the jokes that took mean spirited personal shots, and knew the routine was a political gift to the Trump admin. https://t.co/egLyvEsNcK
— Jon Ward (@jonward11) April 29, 2018
And Meg Kinnard might have accidentally said something truthful
If the #WHCD dinner did anything tonight, it made the chasm between journalists and those who don’t trust us, even wider. And those of us based in the red states who work hard every day to prove our objectivity will have to deal with it.
— Meg Kinnard (@MegKinnardAP) April 29, 2018
Not in a red state, Meg, but I trust you even less now. How you managed to Both Sides yourself in a single tweet should get an award.
Axios morning email thingie clutches their pearls:
The White House Correspondents’ Dinner ended with a barrage of vulgar anti-Trump jokes by comedian Michelle Wolf, who attacked the appearance of White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who was sitting with her at the head table.
- White House officials and reporters in the audience thought Wolf’s patter went too far, and thought the attacks on Sanders and Kellyanne Conway were too personal.
- Be smart: That creates a new hurdle for the White House Correspondents’ Association to lure President Trump, who has snubbed the dinner the last two years.
- National Security Adviser John Bolton, to Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday”: “I was happy not to attend … reprehensible behavior by someone addressing the gathering.”
- ABC’s Jon Karl, a WHCA board member, said on “Good Morning America”: “I think the comedian crossed the line and this went from poking fun to being mean-spirited.”
- Drudge’s banner headline: “SMUT STAND-UP SHOCKS DC!”
- Trump tweets: “While Washington, Michigan, was a big success, Washington, D.C., just didn’t work. Everyone is talking about the fact that the White House Correspondents Dinner was a very big, boring bust…the so-called comedian really “bombed.” [Fox’s] @greggutfeld should host next year! @PeteHegseth.”
A smarter take:
Comedian ends comedy dinner by saying that Flint still doesn’t have clean water, an attempt to point out Washington’s continued neglect of people who need help.
Washington responds with a rigorous debate about the tone and civility of the comedian’s jokes.
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) April 29, 2018
I’m reminded that following Stephen Colbert’s stint as the MC during Chimpy’s Reign of Error, that the following year they had Rich Little do the honors (edgy!); so I assume next year will be another over-correction and have bet the house odds on Yackov Smirnoff. (Edgy! He’s Russian!!1!)
You can probably find the zingers all over the ‘net today, so I won’t bore you with them. But I will conclude this post with the smartest take, and as always it comes from another comic who knows something about the First Amendment:
Then don’t have a comic do a roast @jeffzeleny @peterbakernyt. If you want to focus on the journalism do a boring awards show. Journalism is all about the 1st amendment..If you don’t see the import of what @michelleisawolf did tonight then you don’t get it https://t.co/giZj4f3Szm
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) April 29, 2018