PR Week’s Hamilton Nolan says that we should put an end to these Gridiron / WHCA / Radio & TV Correspondents dinners…
[T]the politicians who participate in these events aren’t doing anything wrong. Their job is to be popular. For the journalists, it’s a different matter. News organizations that won’t even allow reporters to place a campaign sticker on their car or march in a protest on their own time have no problem with them playing footsie on C-Span with the key subjects of their beat.
The public sees that as an indictment of journalists’ ethics, and predictably so. With so much effort being put into minimizing “the appearance of conflict,” the media should take the logical step of abandoning these events to history.