Kudos to The Hill newspaper for being the first major media outlet to announce that it will no longer participate in the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner unless major changes are made to insure that it is “non-partisan and done without hostility and personal animus toward the party that occupies the White House — regardless of who is in power.” Hill Chairman James Finkelstein said there’s simply no reason for the paper to participate in something that “casts our profession in a poor light.”
He also reminisced about previous dinners, where the jokes were good-natured and bipartisan, and compared them to this year’s event, in which he noted the “comedian” was so offensive and vulgar that for the first time ever, C-SPAN actually cut off its radio broadcast.
Since the WHCA president seemed not to grasp just how repulsive this year’s event was to Americans outside the Beltway, maybe the word that one of the preeminent media outlets for political news inside the Beltway is now boycotting it will spur some reforms. If so, it will be proof that there are ways to get your message across without being foul-mouthed and personally vicious.
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