Pulling in the reins somewhat over the direction the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner has taken of late, the WHCA announced historian Ron Chernow will be this year’s keynote speaker.
The decision coming after comedian Michelle Wolf crossed the line last year, rudely insulting White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, even mocking her appearance, as she sat just feet away.
Not surprisingly, the move that didn’t sit well with an unapologetic Wolf, as the raging liberal responded online to call the WHCA “cowards.”
“The @whca are cowards. The media is complicit. And I couldn’t be prouder,” tweeted Wolf.
— Michelle Wolf (@michelleisawolf) November 19, 2018
Among Wolf’s sleazy attempt to bully President Trump’s spokesperson was the line about “smokey eyes.”
“I think she’s very resourceful,” Wolf deadpanned. “But she burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smokey eye. Like maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.”
But it could be argued today that this is yet another battle President Trump has won.
Chernow is known for writing the award-winning biography of Alexander Hamilton which inspired the smash Broadway musical “Hamilton.”
“The White House Correspondents’ Association has asked me to make the case for the First Amendment and I am happy to oblige,” Chernow said in a statement. “Freedom of the press is always a timely subject and this seems like the perfect moment to go back to basics. My major worry these days is that we Americans will forget who we are as a people and historians should serve as our chief custodians in preserving that rich storehouse of memory.”
In selecting him, the WHCA is moving away from featuring a comedian to roast the president and the press corps at its annual fundraising dinner — what was once good-natured ribbing has soured along with the state of our politics, resulting in last year’s disgusting performance that some on the left found inappropriate.
Even then-WHCA president Margaret Talev said Wolf’s performance did not reflect the “spirit” of the association’s mission.
“While I have never been mistaken for a stand-up comedian, I promise that my history lesson won’t be dry,” Chernow added.
Meanwhile, President Trump has wisely avoided the dinner his first two years in office and it’s not likely that he’ll attend next year’s event, scheduled for April 27, 2019.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
That time the WH Correspondents Association was called cowardly for attempting to restore some dignity to its annual dinner while rightly putting the focus back on journalism over allowing partisan comedians to hijack the event in an attempt to elevate their careers. Bravo WHCA. https://t.co/CP8SFnA0Hk
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) November 19, 2018
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) November 19, 2018
The @whca are cowards and complicit (complicit in what, I have no idea) for *checks notes* inviting a Pulitzer Prize winning author, historian, and inspiration for "Hamilton: The Musical" to discuss the First Amendment….Wolf's tweet confirms this is a good idea. https://t.co/o8Vp2BabqQ
— Eric DeCosta for President (@TylerBennett248) November 19, 2018
— Ralph Strzalkowski,jd,llm,mgr Lawyer on wheels (@LawyeronWheels) November 19, 2018
Michelle Wolf is now branded as "that comedian who was so bad they switched to historians as dinner speakers."
— Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) November 19, 2018
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