This kid is ready for the White House Correspondents dinner

Gigging the sitting president is o.k., especially if you are a member of the establishment Washington press corps, particularly if that president is Republican, and most certainly if that president is Donald Trump.

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Kid misspells “Massachusetts” and teacher has a cow. Sheesh! But the Houdini connection bears examination.

We speak of a sad woman named Michelle Wolf, who laid a stink bomb at the white House Correspondents Dinner. Is anything more pathetic than an unfunny comedian? This woman’s 15 minutes of fame proved only that the establishment Washington press corps is what Donald Trump said it was — out of touch. Add bitter, toss in some angry and a quart of bias. 

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Aborting your “baby,” as Wolf herself calls it. Always good for a laff. Thanks to Steve Prestegard to bringing to our attention this round-up from the Washington Times:

Howard Kurtz, host of Fox’s “Media Buzz,” said Sunday he had “never seen a performance like that,” adding that “she was not only nasty but she was dropping F-bombs on live television.”

“The question now is whether comedian Michelle Wolf went too far and maybe damaged the journalism profession,” said CNN host Brian Stelter.

A number of prominent media figures — including Ed Henry of Fox News, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell and Mika Brzezinski, and the [U.K.] Guardian’s David Martosko — called for the WHCA to apologize.

The Associated Press’s Meg Kinnard tweeted that the dinner “made the chasm between journalists and those who don’t trust us, even wider.”

Margaret Sullivan, columnist for The Washington Post, upped the ante by calling on journalists to cancel the dinner entirely in a Sunday op-ed headlined, “For the sake of journalism, stop the annual schmoozefest.”

If the target had been the Obamas …

Of course, the hard Left cheered Wolf’s mean-spirited diatribe.

NY Times David Leonhardt: “She delivered a comedy routine, which was her assignment. The routine was typical of stand-up comedy. It was edgy and sometimes uncomfortable. Parts of it were funny, parts were less so.”

Adam Conover writes in The Times that Wolf did what comedians are supposed to do: Tell the truth.

Wisconsin conservative Rick Esenberg comes closer to the Blaska Policy Werkes verdict.

I acknowledge that some conservative critics of Michelle Wolf are being a bit inconsistent in their tolerance of comparable bad taste by certain prominent conservatives. But the Wolf routine was more than tasteless. It wasn’t funny. Burning facts? What does that even mean? She’s not funny which may explain why Trevor Noah is not funny. And that’s a real problem when you are trying to do professional comedy.

You can say Donald Trump started it. Make war on the news media, better to be more James Bond than saturate the rubble with bunker busters. Our current President ought to win the Nobel Prize but he does not know how to take a joke or tell one. If he did, he could turn humor back at the news media, as Reagan did, with devastating effect.

See how George W. Bush defused the establishment press. 

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19 Responses to This kid is ready for the White House Correspondents dinner

  1. madisonexpat says:

    Teacher notes “Not revelant.” But its revealing.

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  2. AnonyBob says:

    Like this is real.

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  3. old baldy says:

    Must be a slow “news” day at the Manor.

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  4. Eric Z says:

    Real or not, thats awesome! Nice job Squire. Lots of belly laughs this morning.

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  5. madisonexpat says:

    Funniest thing is Brian Stelter to complain about someone else wrecking journalism.

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  6. AnonyBob says:

    Sorry, she was brilliant because all good comedy contains truth. (Although I will agree the abortion joking was bad.) She skewered Trump, his administration, his press lackeys, the GOP, the Dems and (most fittingly) the feckless White House correspondents and their association, who she pointed out, helped create him and now are profiting from him. It was a roast and she roasted all. As she said, they should’ve researched her before they had her do this. The WHCA needs to figure out what they want these events to be, but she deserves no criticism for delivering what she was hired to do. Finally, anyone getting vapors over her language doesn’t follow comedy. Not saying you need to like it, just saying it is what it is.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      There are both conservatives and liberals on their board. Together they decided to hire her. Trump didn’t have the balls to show up. He was busy talking his base into donating more money so he can pay his legal bills.

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      • Batman says:

        “There are both conservatives and liberals on their board. Together they decided to hire her. Trump didn’t have the balls to show up. He was busy talking his base into donating more money so he can pay his legal bills.”

        Hey Ritchie; that was really deep.
        The Board has decided that your post is unsatisfactory.

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      • Sprocket says:

        Why should any president waste his time with such events? Events such as these are simply the Washington elite reaffirming to themselves that they are the bright shining center of our republic.

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Deep enough for you to quote me word for word. I’m flattered. Any original thoughts recently?

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      • AnonyBob says:

        Sprocket is right. I think this whole event is basically unethical for the press. To spend a glitzy “Great Gatsby” evening hobnobbing with the people you’re supposed to be covering, under the guise of raising money for journalism scholarships? Then just make it another boring awards event. It’s unseemly at best.

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  7. madisonexpat says:

    Poor Richard,
    The last one Trump attended he was told by Obama he’d never be president and Obama did his famous mike drop. From the look on his face I think that was the moment President Trump decided to show Obama how to be a president that actually accomplished something.If so…. thanks Barack.

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