If anything in this country of ours exemplifies the disconnect between the people and the press, it’s the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The “Nerd Prom,” as it was affectionately called, brings together the best and the brightest of the media and political elite in a room where they dine on the flesh of poor people and conspire to destroy this nation from the top down. Okay, maybe not exactly that, but on Meet the Press today, Tom Brokaw argued that it’s time to reevaluate the purpose of the dinner and what it says about the press.
Brokaw said that in speaking to average Americans all across the country, he keeps hearing people complain about what journalism has come to these days. And when he was listening to the coverage of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Brokaw could easily understand their frustration.
“If there’s ever an event that separates the press from the people it’s supposed to serve, symbolically, it’s that one. It is time to rethink it… I don’t think the big press event in Washington should be that kind of glittering event where the whole talk is about Cristal champagne…, who had the best party, who got to meet the most people. That’s another separation between what we’re supposed to be doing and what the people expect us to be doing, and I think the Washington press corps has to look at that.”
I personally don’t have an issue with people in the media having fun. I love fun. But Brokaw makes a valid point here. What exactly is the purpose of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner? With the President cracking jokes, followed by a popular late night comedian, it’s basically a Comedy Central Roast only more boring and with a more easily offended audience. And considering we have Occupy Wall Street yelling on the left about elites hobnobbing with the 1% and the Tea Party yelling on the right about elites hobnobbing with the liberal media, this seems like a pretty odd juxtaposition.
But then again, where else will you get the chance to crack such timely Donald Trump jokes?
Watch the video below, courtesy of NBC:
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