Sullivan: Press credibility and White House Correspondents' Dinner commit suicide together

Sullivan: Press credibility and White House Correspondents’ Dinner commit suicide together

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[Washington Post] The 2018 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner should be the last.

It never has been a particularly good idea for journalists to don their fanciest clothes and cozy up to the people they cover, alongside Hollywood celebrities who have ventured to wonky Washington to join the fun.

VIDEO: Clip of from dinner where ‘comedienne’ Michelle Wolf delivers one of several vulgar abortion jokes at VP Pense’s expense, which has enraged pro-life supporters online (a controversy the accompanying WaPo column curiously avoids).


But in the current era, it’s become close to suicidal for the press’s credibility.

Trust in the mainstream media is low, a new populism has caught fire all over the Western world, and President Trump constantly pounds the news media as a bunch of out-of-touch elites who don’t represent the interests of real Americans.

The annual dinner — or at least the optics of the dinner — seems to back him up.

And while Trump rarely sets a good example for anyone, his decision to hold a campaign-style rally in Michigan on Saturday night might be an exception.

Trump got to look like a man of the people, a guy who talks the language of autoworkers and waitresses.

Journalists — whose purported mission is to “afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted” — were meanwhile partying with their sources at the Washington Hilton.

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  1. The White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, masquerading as a time for playfully “roasting” the President, has become a sham, and even the most diehard correspondents are hanging their heads over this one. Wolf’s vulgarities have reached a new low. She is simply reflecting the culture on the street and the friends she hangs out with. Disturbing, yes; but that is the reality with these extreme liberals. Postmodernism has created a culture that is now gone AWOL. The basis for common civility is gone, and individuals, like Sarah Huckabee Sanders have become the point of attack for these kinds of people. It’s not long before the verbal attacks become physical, and we have just seen cancellations of events, by a Christian organization, fearful of the possible outcomes of these kinds of abuses. It used to be that a person could be charged with using this kind of language on the street, but now it’s just passively accepted as an individual “right”. Short of a miracle and a revival of the general population, we’re on the same road as ancient Rome, or any other sophisticated civilization of the past. We never seem to learn from history.

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