Tis the season to act rudely!
Miss Manners would kindly advise CNN that they’re doing it all wrong when it comes to the matter of the White House Christmas party. If they really can’t stand the thought of sipping eggnog with the President, Melania and the White House staff, they should compose a nicely-worded RSVP and politely decline. (Note: it is never acceptable to send one’s regrets in the form of a tweet.) They don’t need to worry about disappointing anyone by their absence; on the contrary, President Trump will be delighted not to see them. And no explanation is necessary; the reporters at CNN may simply say it’s “due to a previous engagement,” even if that engagement turns out to be nothing more momentous than hoisting Long Island iced teas with similarly-minded colleagues at their favorite watering hole.
One caution: in the current atmosphere, media colleagues had better not have so many Long Island iced teas that they lose their inhibitions and end up getting fired from their network for behavior they don’t even remember.
Alternately, the invitees may choose to say there’s been a death. Arguably, there really has been a death --- of journalism.
It should be mentioned that Miss Manners has almost certainly thrown up her hands at the President’s behavior as well. A good host doesn’t publicly refer to his invitees as “dishonest,” “corrupt” or “bad,” even if they clearly are. If his opinion of them is that low, there’s really only one polite way to handle the situation.
Don’t invite them in the first place. Falalalala.
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