Based on the Trump administration’s actions today in which they blocked news organizations they deem especially uncooperative from Friday’s press gaggle — they consider all media “enemies of the people” — I believe all members of the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) should boycott this year’s iconic dinner, which is slated for April 29.
The event, in which the president is the guest of honor, is mildly roasted and then gets to target others in his own stand-up routine, is typically a lighthearted affair and an evening the media and the White House get together as almost social friends.
This administration has shown it is anything but a friend — and expressly considers the media an “opposition party.”
The WHCA said today that they are “…protesting strongly against how today’s gaggle is being handled by the White House” and that “the board will be discussing this further with White House staff.”
In a February 2 statement about the dinner, WHCA President Jeff Mason reinforced that the annual fete acknowledges the media’s importance in our democracy, saying that “… as we do every year, we will celebrate the First Amendment and the role an independent press plays in a healthy republic.”
How ironic is that given that President Mini-Mitts and his crew would give anything to exile the entire press to a Siberian gulag?
But can you imagine the humiliation of Trump having to give what I’m sure will be a mean-spirited “comedy” tirade in front of an ocean of empty seats? Of course, he would just tweet the next day that he had the biggest crowd ever.