Posted: April 27, 2017 Filed under: Humor, Mediasphere, White House | Tags: Committee to Protect Journalists, Donald Trump, Hasan Minhaj, Pennsylvania, Samantha Bee, TBS (U.S. TV channel), Trump, Twitter, White House, White House Correspondents Association
The White House Correspondents’ Dinner has turned into a red carpet event for Washington’s media and bureaucrat elites. This year president Trump is not attending, which is a good thing. Fostering a little comity between Republicans and Democrats can bring the nation together, but a healthy democracy works best when there’s a frosty tension separating journalists and those in power. This weekend’s self-important gala encourages the executive branch and the fourth estate to get along; it would be better if we made them square off in paintball.
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Posted: May 11, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Eric Schmidt, Gossip columnist, Hollywood Reporter, Politico, Twitter, U.S. News & World Report, Washington, Washington Post, White House, White House Correspondents Association
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt attended a party thrown by Google and the Hollywood Reporter on the eve of the 2014 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
This Washington Post article is self-serving and shallow. But it’s written by a Politico hack, about Washington D.C. What else would we expect?
Patrick W. Gavin writes:
It’s not been a good few years for the Washington gossip industry.
Politico, my home for five years before I left recently to pursue documentary filmmaking, once had six journalists — myself included — writing for its “Click” gossip section. All of us left over the years, and the section was disbanded in December.
“Gossip columns may be dying off, but gossip reconceived as a zero-calorie giggle nugget is alive and well.”
If Politico, whose success has been driven by its aggressive coverage of every move in Washington, has decided that there’s no more water to be squeezed from that rock, then trust me, it must be dry.
“The gossip hasn’t gone away — it’s gone mainstream.”
Look around. While long-standing columns such as The Washington Post’s “In the Loop” and “The Reliable Source” and U.S. News’s “Washington Whispers” are still around, many of their brethren are gone. The Washington Examiner folded its “Yeas & Nays” column. The Hill killed its “Washington Scene” section. Roll Call trimmed the staff of its “Heard on the Hill” column in half. The once-titillating Wonkette.com has turned away from snarky stories of Capitol Hill liaisons and toward snarky takes on actual policy. TMZ said it would start TMZDC.com in 2007; the site has yet to launch. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 26, 2014 Filed under: History, U.S. News, White House | Tags: ABC News, AnnCompton, Barack Obama, George H.W. Bush, Holland, National Journal, White House, White House Correspondents Association
Three past presidents and veterans of the White House Correspondents Association agreed that President Barack Obama is the “least accessible” of any modern president.
A Tuesday panel discussion for the 100th anniversary celebration of the White House Correspondents Association featured veteran journalists – National Journal’s George Condon, ABC News’ Ann Compton, and Reuters’ Steve Holland – agreeing that Obama is the “least accessible” president to reporters.
When asked if Obama is the “least accessible” of any president they have covered, Holland replied, “I would say that.”
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