About the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

May 5, 2014 at 8:01 AM Leave a comment

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I watched a bit of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on C-SPAN Saturday night…a parade of journalists corporate and governmental liaisons feting themselves.

New York Times Magazine National Correspondent Mark Leibovich, author of “This Town,” on Sunday called the White House Correspondents’ Dinner an “abomination.”

“I think that it’s morphed into this extravaganza of more than two dozen pre-parties and after parties, and we have to ask ourselves, what are we celebrating exactly?” he said on ABC’s “This Week.”

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“This is a classic case of the bubble world and the unselfawareness of spending however millions of dollars over a number of days to celebrate ourselves and again I ask, why?” he said.

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Exactly.

And then there’s Frank Rich:

Rich said that the event is “a crystallization of the press’s failures in the post-9/11 era” because it “illustrates how easily a propaganda-driven White House can enlist the Washington news media in its shows.”

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Amen.

Read the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics.  Journalists are to maintain distance from those they cover.  They should “refuse gifts, favors, fees and special treatment” that “may compromise their integrity or damage [their] integrity.”

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