A top story echoed over the weekend was word that President Donald Trump, in a continuing feud with media, will not attend the White House Correspondents Association dinner on April 29, noted Grumpy Editor.
The annual event traditionally is a night for media and politicians they cover to get together over dinner to share laughs. The dinner in recent years also included celebrities, which some veteran news folks frowned on.
In the past, the routine called for the president to give a comedic presentation (via a speechwriter) followed by a comedian who sprinkled jokes about those at the head table.
In tweeting his non-attendance this year, Trump said, “Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!" It comes in the wake of the president’s continued dislike of "fake news" and reporters' use of anonymous sources.
Reuters correspondent Jeff Mason, who leads the White House Correspondents Association, said the dinner would go ahead as planned.
Linked to the dinner, Bloomberg canceled its separate annual party. Bloomberg usually co-hosts the event with Conde Nast's Vanity Fair, but the magazine pulled out earlier this month.
The New Yorker also canceled its event that evening.
Meanwhile, Washington Examiner columnist Paul Bedard tallied the Trump administration has been slammed with at least one fake or distorted news story a day for 33 days.
In his “Washington Secrets” column, Bedard reported, “President Trump’s claim that he’s been the subject of false and ‘fake news’ stories has been mocked by an eye-rolling media, but a Secrets analysis of Trump coverage reveals that Team Trump has been hit with an average of one false, distorted or denied story a day. Starting on the eve of Inauguration Day, there have been at least 33 often widely reported false stories about the president and his team.”
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Going on the high seas:
A Shanghai shipyard is building China’s first ocean-going cruise ship.
But will it contain a spa?