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Four Award Winning Journalists who Agree with Governor Palin’s #WHCD Sentiments

by Whitney Pitcher

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The response to anything Governor Palin tweets, writes, or says is often akin to Pavlov ringing the bell to feed his dog. She tweets, and the hounds come running. The Governor’s tweet on Saturday rightly calling out the “Let Them Eat Cake” mentality of both the “a**clown” press and politicians in DC garnered a lot of pearl clutching fauxrage from the Left and some of  the “me too” pseudo-conservatives. Some wrongly deemed her a hypocrite for calling out the White House Correspondents’ Dinner self-absorption and decadence in the time of financial hardship for much of the nation. However, Governor Palin never attended the White House Correspondent’s Dinner, as she was giving a pro-life speech at the time of the 2011 dinner. Did she attend the brunch in the morning or the after parties following the dinner? Yes. However, using Palin’s critics logic, this means that President Obama cannot criticize the House of Representatives because he once was part of the Senate–which is tangentially associated with the House per our Constitution. I’m not going to hold my breath for the Governor Palin’s critics to turn their fire towards President Obama though.

Prior to and following Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, at least four award winning journalists have essentially agreed with Governor Palin’s sentiments. Usually I could care less about a journalists’ opinion, but if there are several of them who agree that the event has become a largely gratuitous,  narcissistic, and out-of-touch, it is worth noting. Additionally, if these are journalists who are have won the respect of their peers, yet are criticizing their profession’s self-absorption, that is also worth noting.

Tom Brokaw, who has won numerous journalistic awards and has attended the event in the past,  compared the present-day WHCD to Versailles and said that he’s seen “more dignity at my daughter’s junior prom”.  Ron Fournier wrote at the National Journal that the Washington is “never more out-of-touch” than during the weekend of the dinner. Fournier’s comments are especially pertinent as he won the Merriman Smith Memorial Award presented at the 2005 Correspondents’ Dinner.   There has been no hue and cry about the hypocrisy of these journalists.There shouldn’t be, just as their shouldn’t be for Governor Palin. Brokaw and Fournier are just more self-aware than their peers.

Today, award winning journalist Barbara Walters noted disappointment that the event has become more and more about movie stars, and that’s why she didn’t attend. Additionally, today Lee Strobel, noted Christian apologist and award winning former investigative journalist for the Chicago Tribune, tweeted:

All of these individuals echoed Governor Palin’s sentiments of the self-indulgent, incestuous, and out-of-touch nature of the event. It isn’t any wonder she compared Washington D.C. to reality television during her CPAC speech last month. It’s almost as if Washington D.C. has become “The Real World on the Potomac” except the press and politicians (minus the examples listed above) have yet to “stop being polite and start getting real”.

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Bristol Palin To Attend The WH Correspondents’ Dinner

By Gary P Jackson

It’s that time again. In two weeks the annual presidential roast, known as the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, that time of the year reporters pretend to make fun of the president, and the president in turn gets to make fun of them. Or in Barack Obama’s case, thank them profusely for having his back!

Anyhow, much of the media is all excited because the Washington Post has invited Donald Trump to be it’s date. Reading the list The Atlantic put together we were surprised to find the name Bristol Palin on the list. That should make for an interesting evening. Who knows, maybe she’s checking out the lay of the land in preparation for President Palin’s first Correspondents’ Dinner.

Here’s a list of those who have confirmed they will attend, along with who invited them:

People: Bristol Palin, The Office’s Mindy Kaling, Steven Tyler, Glee’s Chris Colfer

USA Today: David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Rick Fox, Eliza Dushku

The Hill: Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (White House correspondent Sam Youngman, described by Fishbowl DC as a “die hard” University of Kentucky fan, landed the former Wildcat star after more than a month of lobbying.)

The Washington Post: Donald Trump (but only if Steve Wynn’s daughter’s wedding doesn’t run late)

NPR: Michael Stipe, David Byrne, Bourne Ultimatum screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, singer-songwriter Annie Clark, School of Rock screenwriter Mike White, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice

Fox News: Kate Hudson (She’s coming with On The Record host Greta van Susteren, assuming she gets back from covering the royal wedding in time)

Mother Jones: Sean Penn. (Washington bureau chief David Corn extended the invitation)

Bloomberg: Snowboarder Shaun White, Dancing With The Stars co-host Brooke Burke

Time: Steve Buscemi, Sen. Scott Brown, Boardwalk Empire showrunner Terrence Winter, King’s Speech director Tom Hooper, designer Tara Subkoff, Game Change director Jay Roach, Game Change producer Danny Strong

ABC: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Erin Andrews, Jane Lynch, Disney CEO Bob Iger, Sen. Marco Rubio, Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano, White House Chief of Staff William Daley, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Admiral Mike Mullen, White House Social Secretary Jeremy Bernard, Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sen. Mark Kirk, Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Fortune: Mira Sorvino, Twitter cofounder Evan Williams

Newsweek : Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Colin Powell, Tina Brown, Bary Diller, Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, Saturday Night Live’s Jason Sudeikis, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg, Rep. Aaron Schock. (At the 2009 dinner, people thought sparks were flying between Favreau and actress Rashida Jones. Just something to keep in mind.)

The New Yorker: Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis, the Coen brothers

The Atlantic and National Journal: Taylor Kitsch, Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, Mike Farah

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