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Summing Up White House Correspondent’s Dinner

April 29, 2018

I would be remiss if I did not comment on last night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.  I would not be telling the truth if I said I did not laugh.  Fact is, I laughed heartily.  And was still chuckling about it afterwards as the night came to a close in our home.

I can also, at the same time, admit that I wish  our political culture was not so toxic.  I can absolutely state that the dinner should be about uplifting the First Amendment and recognizing those in the professional field of journalism for the outstanding work they do.  Journalists, after all, are more important to a democracy than the military.

Using comedy to mine deeper into how people feel, and explore issues in ways that no news column could does have a place in our nation.  That is why the late night monologues on the late shows are such a perfect way to measure where the nation is at any point in time.

Last night Michelle Wolf did that very thing.  In so doing she exposed some truths that are too often not stated.  Such as how the press does make money on Trump, and how they used their ratings to make money during his odious campaign.

This morning while listening to the commentators I think the perfect summation of the dinner was made by Jamelle Bouie, who is the chief political correspondent at “Slate” and a CBS News political analyst.

BRENNAN: Jamelle, some of the push back from comedians and others has been, well, the president had made personal attacks on people in the past and there hasn’t been the same sort of horror by people in the administration that was expressed last night. Is that a fair defense or is this sort of bringing everyone down in terms of what the benchmark for behavior should be?

JAMELLE BOUIE, CBS NEWS POLITICAL ANALYST: I think you could say it’s a little bit of both. I think it is fair to note that the president has — is vulgar, is vulgar, has insulted private citizens. The president famously could not bring himself or infamously could not bring himself to condemn white supremacist protesters, which I considered to be vulgar. So given that, it’s sort of funny to see defenders of the administration say, well, hold on, these jokes were too much given who they either work for or who they are defending.

When Trump was standing before a political rally mimicking a disabled reporter his supporters LAUGHED and then over and over defended the ‘humor’.  Now they are upset that those who kiss the black boots got tarred on national television?

Oh, please!

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