What White House Correspondents’ Dinner? 🤔
White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA)
The WHCA is an organization of journalists who cover the WH and was created in 1914. The organization handles the credentialing process, access to the President and physical conditions in the WH press briefing rooms, but their most notable activity is the WHCA Dinner, which is traditionally attended by the President.
President Trump has not attended the dinner since taking office, but tweeted last year that “Maybe [he] will go.” However, he ultimately decided not to attend this year, calling the dinner "so boring, and so negative," and instead hosting a competing political rally the same evening in Wisconsin. Trump went further by ordering a complete boycott of the dinner for members of his administration.
The right’s headlines use more neutral language, such as “orders” and “tells,” to describe their view of Trump’s supposedly rational state of mind in deciding to boycott the dinner. The right also focuses their stories on Trump’s boycott orders for his staff and not on the dinner itself.
The left uses strong language in its headlines, such as “furious,” to describe their view of Trump’s supposedly unstable mind. Additionally, the left has started calling it “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” as a not-so-subtle jab that without anyone from the White House, a new name is in order.
Where's the common ground?
If there’s one thing that both sides have agreed on, it is protecting the first amendment, which Trump exercised in Wisconsin and the WHCA exercised in his backyard. The dinner is not without its critics though, especially after last year’s host was criticized from both sides for her over-the-top remarks about Trump and Press Secretary Sanders. The WHCA tried to move beyond the criticism by choosing Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow as host this year. However, the recent release of Mueller’s report and correspondingly strongly negative reporting left Trump incensed with the media.
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