White House Correspondents’ Dinner in the Gutter

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

What happened to the WHCA dinner? The evening has become less a celebration of the First Amendment than a celebration of the press themselves, how wonderful they are and how indispensable they are to our democracy. Yet in the eyes of tens of millions of their countrymen, they are seen not as "speaking truth to power," but as using their immense power over American communications to punish their enemies, advance their own agendas, and, today, bring down a president. The press denounces Trump for calling the media "the enemy of the people." But is there any doubt that the mainstream media are, by and large, enemies of Trump and looking to Robert Mueller to solve their problem?

Who Was Worse—Michelle Wolf or Her Audience?

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Michelle Wolf and, more unfortunately, many of the people in her audience do not and didn't want to bring everyone together with humor. Our media was out to get Donald Trump and virtually all his friends and family from the very second he came down that elevator. So he struck back at them.  Wouldn't you? They better hope he doesn't make peace with North Korea.  Forget the  WHCD monkfish. They're going to have many tons of crow to eat.

Piety and Trump-bashing: The sheer awfulness of the White House Correspondents' dinner

Byron York, Washington Examiner

For many years, the dinner has been almost entirely about the president. This year, with Trump absent, the Association tried mightily to make the dinner about freedom of the press, about the value of journalism, about the First Amendment — the big banner behind the podium read CELEBRATING THE FIRST AMENDMENT. But the fact was, the dinner was still all about the president. It was just about a president who wasn't there.