[VIDEO] Why I’m Boycotting the White House Correspondents’ Dinner 

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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The Joke Obama Can’t Stop Telling

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Hunter Schwarz writes: If there’s one thing we can count on from President Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner every year, it’s him making jokes about being Muslim, foreign-born and socialist.

On Saturday, he joked about how busy he is, dealing with immigration, vetoes and Iran — all while finding time to pray five times a day…

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He got lots of laughs, but if you look back at all of his other routines, you’ll notice he has made similar jokes before. Not just once. Not just twice. Every. Single. Year. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it, right? Here’s a look back at Obama joking about being a socialist Muslim born in Kenya:

2014

“An American won the Boston Marathon for the first time in 30 years, which was inspiring and only fair, since a Kenyan has been president for the last six.”

“Let’s face it, Fox, you’ll miss me when I’m gone. It will be harder to convince the American people that Hillary was born in Kenya.”

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2013

“These days, I look in the mirror and I have to admit, I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be.”

2012

“My name is Barack Obama. My mother was born in Kansas. My father was born in Kenya. And I was born, of course, in Hawaii.” Read the rest of this entry »


A Washington Gossip Column About Washington Gossip Columns

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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 was a reporter at Politico from 2009 to 2014 and is currently at work on a documentary about the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

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 »


The Ghost of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Obama ‘Least Accessible’ Of Any President

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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 NewsAnn 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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