It’s good news that journalists at the New York Times will no longer participate in the bloated and compromised White House Correspondents Association dinner. Bravo. I await with some curiosity the explanation for what changed in their thinking. So far, nothing.
It’s a lot easier to say the event has gone Hollywood than it is to engage with Frank Rich’s argument at TimesSelect: “for all the recrimination, self-flagellation and reforms that followed” from the collapse and ruin of the watchdog press under Bush, “it’s far from clear that the entire profession yet understands why it has lost the public’s faith.” The dinner, he wrote, “is a crystallization of the press’s failures in the post-9/11 era.”
NYTimes also pulling out of Gridiron Dinner.
From the Boston Herald:
Rich insists the dinner “illustrates how easily a propaganda-driven White House can enlist the Washington news media in its shows.”
First, has there ever in the history of this nation not been a “propaganda-driven White House” — by which we assume he means one which will use the tools at its disposal to advance its agenda? Gosh, bet Bill Clinton never thought of that!
Which, of course, raises the issue of whether Rich will look down his nose at the event should the next president be a Democrat — and whether the Times will continue its “boycott” then.