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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