Have Our Correspondents become the Dregs of Society?



By Sigrid Weidenweber

This is a question we must ask ourselves after having seen the televised scenes from the last correspondent’s dinner. The Correspondent’s Association bash was, a long time ago, a venue for the press to hopefully witty and erudite, critique the attending politicians and the president.

Already twenty years ago I thought that the tenor from left-leaning writers and comedians, had decidedly become rude and designed to affront. The humor had fled the scene and was displaced by crude and insensitive remarks.

Noticeably so, the larger heap of abuse ended out upon the heads of the attending Republicans. By contrast, president Obama and his wife were treated with kid-gloves. I stated then that no Republican should attend the crass food-extravaganza of the press, especially not a president, lending the political slaughter-house legitimacy.

Year after year this dinner featured raunchy comedians and decidedly unfunny politicians. I was deeply gratified that President Trump chose not to attend. However, those of his cabinet attending were not so lucky and exposed to the most disgusting remarks.

Michelle Wolf, the main speaker, chosen by the association to represent the group, lavished, in her crude, contemptible way, her ire of not being able to insult our president, on his daughter Ivanka. This graceless creature dared to say that Ivanka, and I quote, “is about as helpful to women as an empty box of tampons.”

May a higher deity forgive this empty, thoughtless stand-up person for this trash-talk, for hard-working, classy Ivanka should not. This, however, was just the beginning. The Wolf women attacked in short order Mike Pence, our Vice-President, Sarah Sanders, press agent for the White House and Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.

I do not want to lend credibility to the repellent, base and hating insults heaped upon these hapless persons, by re-stating them. Those of you who watched the dinner, know them. But I do want to cite Peggy Noonan who wrote in the Wall Street Journal’s Saturday/Sunday edition (5/5-5/6, 2018.)

She writes in her opinion piece, that she used only a few of Wolf’s comments and that these were already abridged versions of Wolf’s quotes, for most of them did not not make it past her editors.

I hope fervently that Ms. Wolf’s performance has dealt the death knell to the correspondence dinner affair which, at least, affronts half the country and must astound the the rest of the world, looking to America for leadership and moral content. I also doubt that, henceforth, any Republican would willingly attend this demeaning, gross affair again.

Michelle Wolf at Hopefully the last Washington Correspondence Dinner

Sigrid Weidenweber

Sigrid Weidenweber

Sigrid Weidenweber grew up in communist East Berlin, escaping it using a French passport. Ms. Weindenweber holds a degree in medical technology as well as psychology and has course work in Anthropology.  She is co-founder of Aid for Afghans.  Weindenweber has traveled the world and lived with Pakistani Muslims, learning about the culture and religion. She is a published author and lecturer.

You can find her books on Amazon.com

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