Monday, May 01, 2017

Consolation Prize

If nothing else, Donald Trump performed a valuable service on Saturday night by turning the White House Correspondents Dinner into a non-story. Ann Althouse gets the key quote from Trump, who instead of sitting around watching the b-listers make fun of him, was out on the hustings in Pennsylvania:
As you may know, there's another big gathering taking place tonight in Washington, D.C. Did you hear about it? A large group of Hollywood actors and Washington media are consoling each other in a hotel ballroom in our nation's capital right now.
That's perfect. I hope you'll pardon me for working blue, but it needs to be said -- for years, the WHCD has been, well, a circle jerk. It's no more important or newsworthy than the bi-annual awards show my company offers, in which we honor top performers and vendors who have benefited our company. It matters to us, but it shouldn't matter to you, and I'm certain it doesn't. But because the business of the news media is to tell stories, rather than sell widgets, they have made it a point of honoring themselves and telling the world all about it, often leading the newscasts they produce by showing how naughty and daring -- ooh, did you see how that comedian you've not heard of DESTROYED President Bush??? -- they are as they stroke each other. We're happy for you -- really, we are. But Trump called you out and you had it coming.

1 comment:

Gino said...

Viva Trump!

It just like the Academy Awards. It's not really that important, and doesn't really reward good craft as much as it rewards the right craft.