Published: Tue, May 01, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Was Michelle Wolf Rude?

Was Michelle Wolf Rude?

The White House was criticized for skipping crucial vetting of nominees and letting lawmakers to clean up the mess.

Absent a major overhaul, it's time to end this hottest-ticket-in-town event, which does a disservice to journalists everywhere. And let's not forget that Wolf is a comedian, not a reporter, and has no obligation to uphold any social or professional standards that would apply to the media. Its jokes are getting in the way of the journalism.

Flash forward to that very same podium on Saturday night, when Michelle Wolf courageously called out Trump and the women who serve him.

It's that members of the Washington media, who cover a president elected to "drain the swamp", laughed whole-heartedly. "And I don't want the cause of unity to be undercut".

By Sunday morning, Wolf, a contributor to The Daily Show With Trevor Noah whose Netflix talk show starts this month, had seemingly scandalised Washington.

"All these jokes were about her despicable behavior", the comedian said on Twitter.

And I'm never really sure what to call Sarah Huckabee Sanders, you know? She is filthy, and she is mean, which is what we love about her.

Trump, noting how Wolf's routine played, observed in a tweet Sunday: "While Washington, Michigan, was a big success, Washington, D.C., just didn't work". A-list performers have been reluctant to take the gig because the pay - $10,000 for the night - is less than they'd make for a weekend stand elsewhere, said one person familiar with the negotiations. This is especially true since Trump has declined to attend and therefore isn't around to offer his own zingers, as other presidents have done.

But that time is over. Perhaps not surprisingly, the president's press secretary got some of the most rousing support from veterans of the fourth estate, including Andrea Mitchell. It calls to mind the false outrage directed at mouthy feminists by people who otherwise scream about free speech and "political correctness". She has presided over myriad press conferences in which she has gone out of her way to insult the reporters present, while also accusing the press of "purposefully misleading the American people".

Trump on Monday also deemed the annual event "dead as we know it" and said this year's was a "total disaster".

Navarro is also a spreader of fake news.

CNN's Jeff Zeleny replied and agreed with Baker: "So much important and unbelievable journalism this year - that should be the focus, when truth matters and is needed more than ever". Objective reporting will be dismissed or ignored if people don't trust reporters. Rather than a third-rate comedian, the host might be The Washington Post's Jason Rezaian, who was held captive in Iran from July 2014 to January 2016; the parents of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter beheaded by Islamist terrorists; or members of the punk-feminist band Pussy Riot, who were imprisoned by Russian Federation. "Where I was sitting, people were laughing", he added. But by perpetuating and normalizing this myth, they are undermining an institution so essential to our democracy that it is written into the Constitution. And that takes an informed media committed to fairness, integrity and objectivity.

Now there is a lively conversation among the association's members about possibly changing the format and the tone of future dinners.

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