AHCA is capitulating and isn’t backing up Michelle Wolf:
While the debate rages about what comedian Michelle Wolf did or did not mean by specific jokes in her White House Correspondents’ Dinner monologue this weekend, and the level of seriousness with which we should all approach them, and how to react to the entire debacle, the Correspondents’ Association itself has officially weighed in with a statement to members on Sunday night. Turns out, they aren’t over the moon about the whole thing.
“Last night’s program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people,” President Margaret Talev said in the statement, which the WHCA shared to social media. “Unfortunately the entertainer’s monologue was not in the spirit of that mission.” She also encouraged the association’s members to share their “views on the format of the dinner going forward.”
As Kruse says, if you don’t want controversy bring in some washed-up or never-was hack to do a Bob Hope impression. If you want someone talented to do actual comedy that might make someone with a position of power or a lickspittle like Chris Cillizza uncomfortable, stand up for them. This is just embarassing. Indeed, the best move remains to cancel the thing.
Absolutely un-fucking-believable. The president was on TV last week calling the press an enemy of the people and musing idly about using DOJ to prosecute political enemies. It's like they glom onto this trivia b/c they just have no idea what to do about the big stuff. https://t.co/n1adAnzoMe
— David Roberts (@drvox) April 29, 2018