Good article: Tony Williams at the Victory Girls Blog explains to White House Correspondents’ Association president Margaret Talev that not only did they fail in their purported efforts to “build a spirit of unity,” but they also failed to grasp the basic flaw in their self-aggrandizing mission statement. As Ms. Talev put it at the dinner (or as I’ve seen several pundits describe it since, the “dumpster fire”):

“We reject efforts by anyone, especially our elected leaders, to paint journalism as un-American, to undermine trust between reporter and reader, or to cast doubt on the relevance of fact and truth in the modern age.”

Kudos to Ms Williams for pointing out bluntly that journalism is not under attack, “fake news and liberal bias is under attack” – and contrary to what many in the media seem to believe, those aren’t the same thing. Nobody believes journalism is un-American or wants to cast doubt on facts and truth. We just don’t trust journalists who have squandered our trust by rushing to air phony, poorly vetted or deliberately slanted stories that promote their own political views, or who make it clear through events like that dinner that they have nothing but hatred and contempt for millions of Americans whom they expect to look up to them as beacons of unvarnished truth.

If you're going to claim to represent facts and truth, then first show us that you're capable of recognizing the truth about yourselves: that if people no longer trust you to be objective reporters of fact, that's not Trump's fault.

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I don’t want to talk any more about this subject, but before letting it go, this is too good not to mention. A liberal female writer for the Atlantic magazine tried to defend the WHCA dinner's “comedian” by accusing her critics of sexism. She claims there’s a double standard and nobody would have objected to her expressing her controversial views if she’d been a man.

That sparked quite a Twitter schooling, including a reminder from the Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto that just last month, conservative pundit Kevin Williamson was dropped by the Atlantic before he could write a word, just because he explained his opposition to abortion in a tweet and the Atlantic’s liberal female writers didn't defend his freedom of speech. Instead, they got outraged and demanded he be fired. So she’s right: there is a double standard.

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  • Charles M

    05/04/2018 09:14 AM

    I have seen no comments regarding how embarrassing to the USA it was to have all those hundreds of so-called "VIPs" gathered in the Nation's Capitol to admire each other and to try to destroy our elected leader and staff in the process by employing a surrogate to hustle laughter with "F-bombs", "P-bombs", and other nasty, vile comments while emoting in an otherworldly screech that would make the Hilabeest proud.
    I hope the dinner collapses from the dead weight of hatred and is never repeated until civility returns to our nation.

  • Judith Kazilek

    05/02/2018 08:49 PM

    God bless you and your wife for raising such a strong and beautiful daughter. May she continue her job for the Lord and the USA. (and may He keep grandpa's great humor alive and well!)

  • Lynn Morgan

    05/02/2018 02:09 PM

    I grew up watching cowboy shows, where the news paper man would stand up to bullies and tell the unbiased truth no matter how bad he was beet up or what political power he had to stand against. Maybe journalist need to watch some of those old movies. I trust no news outlet without long thought, because the way I see it they twist every word, and definition, "what is is". Like Pilot asking what is truth, pure shame.

  • Sandra Shepel

    05/01/2018 09:14 PM

    Totally agree with your article...it's a shame people use their positions to insult whoever disagree with them, in a way is not even funnyl. Your daughter is a real lady, beautiful and intelligent (like father, like daughter?) We enjoy your new show, thanks for a great choice of guests & music!

  • madge perch

    05/01/2018 08:21 PM

    It is a sad day when humor translates into shredding a good person into pieces. Sarah outshone Michele Wolf a million times over. Sarah can stand proud about the way she withstood the arrows of disrespect, intolerance,and hatred which were aimed and shot at her. She is a true role model for all of us,especially our young, to follow.

  • Patty Dozier

    05/01/2018 06:47 PM

    You have one classy daughter and she looked beautiful in that blue outfit.
    I love hearing talk to the news peeps. She knows how to put them in their place.
    Keep up the amazing work Sarah. I'm with you.

  • Martha Harper

    05/01/2018 06:12 PM

    Just wanted to share one of my FB posts. I so admire your daughter Sarah!

    Michelle Wolf and Sarah Sanders (both on the dais at the White House Correspondent's Dinner) present quite a contrast. One represents what the media in Washington considers entertaining and worthy of the podium at their "Big Night;" the other represents the president of the United States with great finesse. Is it any wonder Trump trashes the media frequently? Wolf's so-called comedy routine was not funny. It was in the worst of taste and merciless in it's pointless cutting barb at Sarah! Sarah, who is bold and intelligent, showed admirable grace under fire and handled the evening in a way that deserves our respect.