While President Trump was busy rallying the crowd in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the press was busy rallying its fellows at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
There was no comedy headliner at this year’s affair. Maybe because journalists can dish it out, but they don’t like having it served back at them. Without the president there, though, they still managed to get in som hits on their favorite target.
The organization’s chief, Olivier Knox, whined his way through a pathetic speech. He said,
I don’t want to dwell on the president. This is not his dinner. It’s ours, and it should stay ours. But I do want to say this. In nearly 23 years as a reporter I’ve been physically assaulted by Republicans and Democrats, spat on, shoved, had crap thrown at me. I’ve been told I will never work in Washington again by both major parties.
And yet I still separate my career to before February 2017 and what came after. And February 2017 is when the president called us the enemy of the people. A few days later my son asked me, ‘Is Donald Trump going to put you in prison?’
He wishes. That would make him a hero among those who matter – the press corps and the stooges who inhabit the swamp.
He continued, taking up his saga of a family trip to Mexico:
… if the president tried to keep me out of the country, at least Uncle Josh is a good lawyer and will get you home (he told his son).
I’ve had to tell my family not to touch packages on our stoop. My name is on a statement criticizing the president for celebrating a congressman’s criminal assault on a reporter. I’ve had death threats, including one this week. Too many of us have. It shouldn’t need to be said in a room full of people who understand the power of words but fake news and enemies of the people are not punch lines, pet names or presidential. And we should reject politically expedient assaults on the men and women whose hard work makes it possible to hold the powerful to account.
You mean the powerful like the head of the FBI, former CIA director, National Intelligence chief and a former president? Because it didn’t seem like you held any of them to account.
The narcissism from this creep just drips from his words. Have many people heard of Oliver Knox? I doubt it. Maybe that’s why he so feverishly wishes the president would throw him a crumb.
I was amused yesterday to hear OAN’s chief White House correspondent, Neil W. McCabe, answer the question of his own attendance at the WHC Dinner. He said he would not be attending, but did last year for the first time.
He found the treatment of Sarah Sanders by Michelle Wolf absolutely “toxic.” He was embarrassed and repulsed by the whole evening.
He’s not alone. Most of us were. We’ll take an old fashioned political rally any time over the prancing and self congratulations of the media. After all, we can get that any day, at any time, anywhere they spew.