In the genre of White House Correspondents Dinner criticism, the reliance on celebrity guests to give the night an air of Hollywood magic makes for an ever-reliable argumentative point. That’s why it’s nice to see that the Boston Globe is bringing journalists to the dinner table. Of course, they are part of the investigative team that inspired Oscar-winning movie Spotlight, and members of the movie cast/crew are also invited, but at least the movie is one that spotlights (we couldn’t resist) journalism, and we’ll take our tiny victories where we can get them.
In addition to Boston Globe publisher John Henry; managing director Linda Pizzuti Henry and D.C. bureau staff, the Globe is bringing Walter Robinson, Michael Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer, Matt Carroll, and Ben Bradlee Jr., all members of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that exposed the Catholic priest sexual abuse scandal.
Their invited movie counterparts include director Tom McCarthy, screenwriter Josh Singer, and actors Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams, who in the film portray Rezendes and Pfeiffer, respectively.