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Nearly every minute of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner was laced with desperation. Saturday night at the Washington Hilton, the journalists that comprise the White House Correspondents’ Association gathered to celebrate their industry — or more accurately, to defend it.
President Donald Trump, who is alternately both combative with and ingratiating to the press, became the first president in 36 years to not attend the annual dinner. (The last was President Ronald Reagan, who was recovering from a bullet wound sustained weeks earlier. He still called in to crack a joke or two.) Trump has the habit of calling the mainstream media “fake news,” “failing,” or the “enemy” of the American people — and at the same time, has proven to be incredibly sensitive to, and swayed by, press coverage of himself and his closest advisors.
Trump’s boycott of the night read as another example of his typical childish impetuosity — especially given that the jokes made about him by »
- Sonia Saraiya
The annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner has long established itself as a cornerstone (albeit an increasingly glamorized one) of Washington’s commitment to upholding the tenets of the First Amendment and preserving the freedom of the press. The event, though initially devised as a means of honoring journalists from around the country, has grown to adopt the glitzy facets of a pretty standard high-profile award show — complete with droves of Hollywood celebrities, politicians, media outlets, and a highly-anticipated stand-up monologue.
And, for the first time in 36 years, the President will not be in attendance. President Trump and his entire White House staff announced that they’re going to pass up this year’s dinner, but made no mention as to why (although, considering the Trump admin’s pretty forthright crusade against the liberties of the nation’s media, perhaps they felt there was no need).
In between the inevitable quips by the evening’s host — comedian »
- Emily Mae Czachor
Late-night TV hosts on Monday night took aim at President Trump’s controversial travel ban for Syrian refugees and citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries and the backlash it sparked during the past weekend.
James Corden, host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show,” filmed a special cold open for Monday’s episode chronicling Corden’s movement through Los Angeles International Airport earlier in the day. The video, which showed Corden moving the security check, ordering a grilled cheese sandwich and boarding a flight, ended with a black slate noting that this week’s episodes were pre-taped as Corden left Los Angeles on Monday.
“Freedom of movement should be this easy for all legal immigrants. Not just the white and Christian ones,” the slate read. Lax was among several major airports where protesters have gathered in recent days. Corden filmed the video himself on his smartphone in a last-minute effort to make sure the show addressed the growing »
- Cynthia Littleton
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