Does the White House Correspondents Dinner erode national media’s credibility?

posted at 4:01 pm on April 27, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Tonight, the celebrities of national politics and of Beltway media will gather together to bury the hatchet for a few hours, and act like … celebrities.  The White House Correspondents Dinner, often called “nerd prom,” used to act as a release valve for the media and the politicians they cover, giving both sides an opportunity to connect on a more-relaxed personal level.  The celebrity aspect has gotten worse, former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw complained this week, when actual celebrities started showing up:

Last year, Brokaw became one of the biggest critics of the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner after he saw Washington buzzing around and about the troubled Hollywood actress, who was a guest of Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren.

“The breaking point for me was Lindsay Lohan,” Brokaw told POLITICO during a recent interview in his office in the NBC News Rockefeller Plaza headquarters in New York. “She became a big star at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Give me a break.” …

[H]e made a point to, seemingly out of nowhere, bash the WHCD on “Meet the Press” just one week after the soiree, saying it was “time to rethink” the occasion since it, in his words, “separates the press from the people that they’re supposed to serve, symbolically.”

“One of the reasons that I wanted to raise it on ‘Meet the Press’ — and I told [host] David [Gregory] beforehand, ‘I’m going to look for an opportunity to do that,’ is that we were at a point in Washington where the country had just kind of shut down on what was going on within the Beltway,” Brokaw told POLITICO.

“They were making their own decisions in their own states, in their own communities, and the congressional ratings were plummeting,” he added. “The press corps wasn’t doing very well, either. And I thought, ‘This is one of the issues that we have to address. What kind of image do we present to the rest of the country? Are we doing their business, or are we just a group of narcissists who are mostly interested in elevating our own profiles?’ And what comes through the screen on C-SPAN that night is the latter, and not the former.”

What’s another definition of “a group of narcissists who are mostly interested in elevating our own profiles”?  Celebrities, no? Brokaw warned that the pursuit of celebrity was antithetical to the mission of the media:

“I think any organization … has to have a kind of self-policing instinct and what we’re doing with that dinner, as it has been constituted for the past several years, is saying, ‘We’re Versailles. The rest of you eat cake,’” he explained to Politico.

Brokaw feels the event has become less about the White House press corps — which is its intended purpose — and more about the who’s who in attendance. And, in his opinion, it’s simply undignified and has gone “downmarket.”

“There was more dignity at my daughter’s junior prom than there is [at] what I’m seeing on C-SPAN there,” he said.

My friend Tommy Christopher argues that Brokaw is hardly one to complain about attention-seeking, being at the top of the media food chain, and that the dinner serves a purpose:

Even that calculation requires you to accept the premise that the dinner carries any negative impact, beyond offending the sensibilities of Tom Brokaw. I’d like to note that I have nothing but the utmost respect and affection for Tom Brokaw. It was one of the top ten thrills of my life to meet Mr. Brokaw at the White House, and to have him recognize me (even if it was only because I live-tweeted my heart attack). His sensibilities are very important to me, but everyone always thinks baseball was better when they were a kid, and Mr. Brokaw’s frame of reference as a White House reporter dates back to the mid-seventies.

Furthermore, when he imagines John or Jane Q. America being put off by White House reporters rubbing elbows with rich celebrities once a year, he’s doing that as a rich celebrity. Nobody ever thinks to ask John and Jane Q. America what they think about the glitz factor of the dinner, but we do know it makes more of them tune in. Maybe it’s just to sneer at us, but maybe some of them tune in to see Kim Kardashian, and come away slightly more engaged with the political media. Maybe the already-engaged tune in to enjoy the night vicariously, the one night of the year when Mark Knolleris as likely to be recognized as Justin Bieber.

Most White House reporters are not rich celebrities themselves, and do an incredibly hard, thankless job, and they enjoy the one night a year on which they get much-deserved recognition. Just ask them. One year, I also decided to guilelessly ask some of the celebrities in attendance why they wanted to go to the dinner, and a few got a little offended, as if the event itself wasn’t worthy. For every celeb who just wants to be seen, there are several others who really take an interest in what we do, and who we do it to. As Ed Henry points out every year, the WHCD is also a charity event that awards needed scholarships to aspiring young journalists.

Tommy’s Mediaite colleague Noah Rothman disagrees.  Although he acknowledges that the event “serves a number of good purposes,” the media has a particular interest in enhancing its credibility — and the celebrity-seeking behavior of “nerd prom” accelerates an already-rapid erosion in that quality:

The media’s credibility is in free fall. The reliable headline emerging from Gallup’s annual survey of Americans designed to measure their trust in the media is that mistrust of the Fourth Estate has reached a “record high” — three times in as many years, in fact. 60 percent of all adults in 2012 said they do not trust the media. Only 8 percent of respondents said they have a “great deal” of trust in the news media. This is a crisis by any standard. The public no longer trusts the product that is being produced.

Avid consumers of news, particularly political news, now believe they have to consume journalism as a Kremlinologist of another era would parse the statements of Soviet bureaucrats in order to divine their true meaning. What is important is what is not said, the phrasing of sensitive topics, or how descriptive adjectives are employed which determine who has fallen out of favor within that close-knit institution. The USSR may be gone, but Kremlinology lives. Indeed, regular news readers pride themselves on their ability to decode the political press. Journalists deride this instinct as paranoia, and they may have a point. But they ignore the feedback of their customers at their peril.

It is in this environment that the pretentious artificiality of the WHCD takes place. This month, E! Entertainment network announced that they would livestream the red carpet at the WHCD on Saturday night for the first time. The nexus of celebrity, journalist, and politician is finally complete. The home of Keeping Up With The Kardashians finally finds the WCHD to be worthy of coverage. A dubious honor, to say the least.

Few institutions trade on their credibility like the political media does. Some would cheer the surrender of their credibility in order to achieve some measure of celebrity, but they are not joined by Mr. Brokaw.

I’m on the fence on this one.  The credibility issues of national-media outlets arise from the way they report the news rather than the manner in which they parade on this red carpet once a year.  However, Rothman’s point about the Kardashian connection, along with Brokaw’s complaint about Lohan, reveals that at least part of the former problem is revealed in the latter — a focus on aggrandizing one’s self (and one’s own agenda) rather than focusing on reporting the news and the actual facts.  I don’t think the media can solve the first problem by merely canceling the event, but the fact that “nerd prom” continues to expand into the realm of reality-TV entertainment should have the WHCA rethinking its priorities.

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Does the White House Correspondents Dinner erode national media’s credibility?

Not in my eyes – it doesn’t have any.

drunyan8315 on April 27, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Seems to be only important to other media outlets that just wish they were there…celebrity news media…LOL.

d1carter on April 27, 2013 at 4:04 PM

They have any credibility left?

rbj on April 27, 2013 at 4:07 PM

No. All their crappy biased reporting erodes their credibility.

Blake on April 27, 2013 at 4:09 PM

What credibility?

catmman on April 27, 2013 at 4:10 PM

My friend Tommy Christopher…

Wow, did “Tommy” stop yelling racist long enough to stand up for E! News?

tetriskid on April 27, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Does the White House Correspondents Dinner erode national media’s credibility?

How does one “erode” what they don’t have?

GarandFan on April 27, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Griping about this dinner “ruining the media’s credibility” is akin to whining about someone leaving the bathroom sink faucet in his cabin on the Titanic running when he evacuated to the main deck after the ship hit the iceberg.

Gator Country on April 27, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Lindsay Lohan the canary in the coal mine?

No, it was when Chubby McCain showed up with her gay hairdresser and demanded that he be allowed in because, “Do you know who I am???”

Blake on April 27, 2013 at 4:19 PM

“Does the White House Correspondents Dinner erode national media’s credibility?”

Like several other posters, my question is “What credibility”? The national media’s credibility began to evaporate – for me – during the 1960 presidential campaign. If any credibility was left, it was killed dead when I was stationed in Da Nang in 1968. We used to watch “news” on AFTV and ask each other if the media were attending the same war we were.

oldleprechaun on April 27, 2013 at 4:19 PM

This false “narrative” that reporters and news types have ever been professional in nature.

Not even a profession to begin with and nothing to strut about.

School of Journalism my arse.

Sherman1864 on April 27, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Lohan is that child actor that did a nude Marilin Monroe photo shoot (as an adult), right?

Count to 10 on April 27, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Keep the Nerd Prom. We need to see these elites standing around telling us all to eat cake.

NotCoach on April 27, 2013 at 4:23 PM

The dinner and the choice of guests exposes the members of the media as being star-struck and possessed of a deep seated desire for celebrity in their own right by association.

This dinner give us the opportunity for an inspection of the media’s over arching desire to be members of an elite organization….a private club that throws itself extravagant parties and pats itself on the back…to form an elite inner circle… much like the film industry does with the Oscars… and the independent film industry does with Cannes Film Festival et al.. and the various iterations of the television industry and theater. Is it any surprise then that these industries are not only the model for the media… but those whose company they choose to cultivate?

What a far cry from the days of the true investigative journalists, war correspondents, and regular reporters dedicated to bringing the news, in an objective form, to the public.

thatsafactjack on April 27, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Brokaw is only bitching because it was Fox that invited Lohan. And I wonder if Woodward and Bernstein would have investigated if Nixon were a Democrat. There was no Golden Age…

ktrich on April 27, 2013 at 4:24 PM

They haven’t a clue as to how mistrusted and reviled they really are by us serfs.

They have completely failed in their duty to report news critically and unbiased or objectively.

It’s all about them and continuing the subterfuge that they’re “journalists”! Does anyone really believe Scarborough, Misha, Maddow, Matthews, Shultz, O’Donnell, Sharpton or for that matter O’Reilly and Hannity are…what they claim to be?

Twana on April 27, 2013 at 4:27 PM

“Most White House reporters are not rich celebrities themselves, and do an incredibly hard, thankless job…”

They might not be rich but that statement is. Yep it is pretty difficult for them to ever think logically when it comes to questioning dems.

arnold ziffel on April 27, 2013 at 4:28 PM

a focus on aggrandizing one’s self

Since ed and the guys he quotes aspire to be part of that culture they miss the whole disgusting, offensive point; the white house correspondents dinner is an opportunity for our self annointed elite to get together and party. That simple, nothing more. Those who believe they are infinitely superior to us peasants and whose job it is to rule us are just getting together, acknowledging their place and having some fun.

peacenprosperity on April 27, 2013 at 4:29 PM

The dinner tends to clarify the politics of the liberal media, and that’s a good thing for people to see. This is aside from the imported glitterati.

Here’s what they should be writing instead of hobnobbing with pols: Gangs and Politicians in Chicago: An Unholy Alliance

slickwillie2001 on April 27, 2013 at 4:29 PM

What a far cry from the days of the true investigative journalists, war correspondents, and regular reporters dedicated to bringing the news, in an objective form, to the public.

thatsafactjack on April 27, 2013 at 4:23 PM

And how many of those were communists or communist sympathizers? Journalism has always attracted an unsavory lot.

Blake on April 27, 2013 at 4:30 PM

This dinner gives the media a chance to be the news, instead of just making themselves part of any story they ‘report’.

Liam on April 27, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Does the White House Correspondents Dinner erode national media’s credibility?

Yeah, of course. Washington DC, the government and their media lackeys, are like Prince Prospero and his guests partying while the Red Death rampages across the land. I only hope that they all meet with the same fate.

FloatingRock on April 27, 2013 at 4:31 PM

My friend Tommy Christopher…
Wow, did “Tommy” stop yelling racist long enough to stand up for E! News?
tetriskid on April 27, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Any famous person who has been in the same building as ed is his friend.

peacenprosperity on April 27, 2013 at 4:32 PM

I barely know of the correspondents dinner and have never given it any attention so I doubt most people do either (though I guess I could be wrong).

Like everyone else my lack of giving the national media any credibility comes from the work they do all the rest of the time and blaming this event is the ultimate in missing the forest for all the trees…but it is very in keeping with Brokaw’s standard of reporting on events and journalistic instincts to jump to a “cause” he doesn’t like to explain an “effect” whose true cause he doesn’t want to deal with or acknowledge.

Betenoire on April 27, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Friends with Timmy “Xtopher”. Oh, Ed….

Valkyriepundit on April 27, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Lindsay Lohan is 26? Why does she look in her forties, with too much makeup? Drugs, anyone?

Obama is the Pied Piper of the celebrity culture. As Billy Crystal would say on SNL in the 1980s, in “Fernando’s Hideaway”,

“It is better to look good than to feel good”. (12 seconds)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0RTD7250II

Obama, cool, relaxed, smiling, not a care in the world. That’s what sells. But it’s not leadership. Leadership is him knowing what we don’t know, understanding what we don’t understand, being strong, and making unpopular decisions, taking the right course.

Obama is a pitiful failure. $17 trillion in debt. ObamaCare. Energy policy. Open borders. Crony capitalism.

Paul-Cincy on April 27, 2013 at 4:37 PM

They won’t be totally shot until porn stars start showing up for the event.

trigon on April 27, 2013 at 4:37 PM

You can’t erode what isn’t there. They have always been bias, what they are/aren’t doing today is criminal.

De Oppresso Liber on April 27, 2013 at 4:38 PM

They won’t be totally shot until porn stars start showing up for the event.

trigon on April 27, 2013 at 4:37 PM

I always thought Lohan was one….?

Valkyriepundit on April 27, 2013 at 4:40 PM

It’s just another Giant Turd in the White House Punch Bowl…Does it cost as much to the taxpayers as Soul Night did? The libotard media has it’s base; the uneducated, welfare rats wiff da Obumbler phones and shitz. But they do love that Mac N Cheese from da box! Dat da truff!

Tbone McGraw on April 27, 2013 at 4:41 PM

WHO CARES?
Narcissistic navel gazers get together to celebrate…..
Self importance.
Or to put it another way.
The Democratic party has dinner with….
the Democrat party.

graywolf on April 27, 2013 at 4:41 PM

They won’t be totally shot until porn stars start showing up for the event.

trigon on April 27, 2013 at 4:37 PM

I always thought Lohan was one….?

Valkyriepundit on April 27, 2013 at 4:40 PM

No, that was her Mom and Dad Whore #1 and #2.

Tbone McGraw on April 27, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Ha!! The national media HAS NO credibility, be they left, right, or “center” leaning.

At least these a good jabbing joke or two at the correspondent’s dinner.

Our media, be it from the alphabet networks, cable networks, radio, blogs, and aggregation sites all included runs and THRIVES of drama, conflict, and mud throwing. It gets the most clicks. The most listeners tuned in when it comes time to run the ads every minute and a half. It pleases the government agencies and independent organizations that pay to have “specific” stories covered or angles applied.

And it works… Because its apparently what we want. Infotainment. Reinforcements of what we want to hear. The “other guy” getting his just deserts when caught. We LOVE it. WE make it the most profitable option and business model.

So don’t blame the media. Blame ourselves. Half the bs spewed in the “news”(at least half)wouldn’t even be mentioned if it weren’t more profitable to do so, because we’ll go right to it like white on rice here in the good ole’ US of A.

You know what they say though, you reap what you sow. So at least bring on the unveiled infotainment of the correspondents dinner. It’s bar far the LEAST nefarious of venues and deliveries that these people take part in throughout the year.

Genuine on April 27, 2013 at 4:42 PM

the NPD runs deep with this crowd. They are not ‘nerds’, they are not bright enough to be nerds. They are just your average hipster sales guy, who tries to be groovy.

Reporters used to be gum-shoe kinda guys. Now they’ve devolved into partisan hacks and PR reps for the left…just like a lot of H.wood and other places

speaking of Joe Scar…this is just the place for him…none too bright, but able to learn the ‘in’ lingo and learn who the correct enemies are.

Contrary to CW you don’t have to be bright to do that. This is not a meritocracy. Nerds are engineers, building things and designing things that Joe and the happy hipster herd can’t even dream about.

r keller on April 27, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Brokaw is right, although why he is right is a matter of debate.

Neo on April 27, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Lindsay Lohan has as much credibility as MSNBC so it’s sort of unfair to smear the lying, thieving, drugging tramp.

Just sayin’.

Resist We Much on April 27, 2013 at 4:44 PM

I always thought Lohan was one….?

Valkyriepundit on April 27, 2013 at 4:40 PM

I doubt she has the body, talent or work ethic.

trigon on April 27, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Friends with Timmy “Xtopher”. Oh, Ed….

Valkyriepundit on April 27, 2013 at 4:36 PM

For as long as I’ve read HA, every time Ed mentions Tommy Christopher, he reminds readers that they are friends.

We get it, Ed.

Are you going to the Namedroppers Dinner tonight, too?

Resist We Much on April 27, 2013 at 4:48 PM

What would the lamestream media know about credibility? My, what a bubble they live in. Tom Brokaw must breathe rarified air. Snort.

Philly on April 27, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Shut Up!” – MSM

Seven Percent Solution on April 27, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Only reason to like WHCD, I notice the hard-working wing of the low-information voter block sneer.

mjbrooks3 on April 27, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Tonight, the celebrities of national politics and of Beltway media will gather together to bury the hatchet for a few hours, and act like … celebrities.

What Hatchet?

jaydee_007 on April 27, 2013 at 5:02 PM

“incestuous ecology”

My new favorite phrase…

Seven Percent Solution on April 27, 2013 at 5:08 PM

I’m sure all the swells just simply adore the marvelous, marvelous Kool Aid.

M240H on April 27, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Does the White House Correspondents Dinner erode national media’s credibility?

Do bears sheeit in the woods?…

Gohawgs on April 27, 2013 at 5:10 PM

You missed this laugh from Brokaw, Mr. Serious Newsman that he claims to be.

However, there are at least two stars Brokaw believes do deserve invites to such a high-profile event.

“Claire Danes is not someone I’m talking about. She’s a big deal,” he admitted. “And you can bring in George Clooney, he loves to come there. He’s a serious guy in Hollywood.”

Claire Danes and George Clooney? Oh, yes, they are newsmakers and shakers of national importance. /s

onlineanalyst on April 27, 2013 at 5:13 PM

What Credibility?

Deacon on April 27, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Add to the list:

O Who is Kermit Gosnell?

unclesmrgol on April 27, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Unlike our corrupt ruling class, at least Prince Prospero and his guests didn’t actually cause the plague they were hiding from. Our ruling class is even worse.

FloatingRock on April 27, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Noah Rothman has a better understanding of this self-congratulatory celebrity event. Too many of the “correspondents” are nothing more than stenographers of the Party line. They spend more time editorializing via their word choices than they do in digging for and presenting facts.

The “nerd prom” is a symptom of the superficiality of image over depth.

Rush calls Obysmal President Kardashian. The term fits the typical correspondents who produce fanzine soundbites about preezy and his wonderfulness.

onlineanalyst on April 27, 2013 at 5:24 PM

What credibility?

catmman on April 27, 2013 at 4:10 PM

A prize for the shortest complete answer!

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 27, 2013 at 5:26 PM

What credibility?

catmman on April 27, 2013 at 4:10 PM

A prize for the shortest complete answer!

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 27, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Of course, you’ll never become a pundit by being short and sweet. But some would call that a win-win situation,

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 27, 2013 at 5:27 PM

“Claire Danes is not someone I’m talking about. She’s a big deal,” he admitted. “And you can bring in George Clooney, he loves to come there. He’s a serious guy in Hollywood.”

Huh?

Brokaw ought to go smoke a joint like the rest of em. It helps put the pieces together. If he doesn’t get with the program, they might replace him with a chimp

entagor on April 27, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Hey they got the guy into the White House…..

such a bunch of water carriers.

CW on April 27, 2013 at 5:28 PM

thatsafactjack on April 27, 2013 at 4:23 PM

That was an A+ analysis. You should go on one of the Sunday-morning squawk shows and lay the hosts out straight with your remarks. I suggest that you confront Stephanopoulis and Gregory first.

onlineanalyst on April 27, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Does the White House Correspondents Dinner erode national media’s credibility?

They’d have to have credibility before it could erode. Just saying.

Midas on April 27, 2013 at 5:39 PM

They won’t be totally shot until porn stars start showing up for the event.

trigon on April 27, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Porn stars could only improve the character level of the crowd at this event.

Gator Country on April 27, 2013 at 5:44 PM

It’s just another left wing circle jerk

sandspur on April 27, 2013 at 5:45 PM

…assuming they had any in the first place…

Schadenfreude on April 27, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Lindsay Lohan has as much credibility as MSNBC so it’s sort of unfair to smear the lying, thieving, drugging tramp.

Just sayin’.

Resist We Much on April 27, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Are you referring to one of the MSNBC personalities in specific as a ‘lying, thieving, drugging tramp’, or to the network as a whole?

Oh, wait…

Midas on April 27, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Does anyone really believe Scarborough, Misha, Maddow, Matthews, Shultz, O’Donnell, Sharpton or for that matter O’Reilly and Hannity are…what they claim to be?

Twana on April 27, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Unfortunately, way too many people do.

Midas on April 27, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Does the White House Correspondents Dinner erode national media’s credibility?

-
Sorry Ed, but this fits the category of Dumb Question of the Week.

It’s an oxymoron hidden inside a trick question… The correct answer is… lol.

RalphyBoy on April 27, 2013 at 6:05 PM

My friend Tommy Christopher

Why is a race-baiter your friend?

I’m on the fence on this one. The credibility issues of national-media outlets arise from the way they report the news rather than the manner in which they parade on this red carpet once a year. However, Rothman’s point about the Kardashian connection, along with Brokaw’s complaint about Lohan, reveals that at least part of the former problem is revealed in the latter — a focus on aggrandizing one’s self (and one’s own agenda) rather than focusing on reporting the news and the actual facts.

They have no credibility so now they default to wishcasting and starf**king along with the other celebs.

They’re just a slightly more “smart” reality show than Honey Boo Boo, but much less honest than Ms. Boo Boo.

kim roy on April 27, 2013 at 6:20 PM

poison .pox. plauge . on their house.

rob verdi on April 27, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Porn stars could only improve the character level of the crowd at this event.

Gator Country on April 27, 2013 at 5:44 PM

No need to demean porn stars. At least with porn stars you get your dollar’s worth.

kim roy on April 27, 2013 at 6:23 PM

It’s the various controlling establishments beginning to enter into open collusion, an all-powerful caste a la Old Europe or Asia. That’s no good for any society, let alone a free one.

There’s nothing to be “on the fence” about unless you’re secretly hoping to be invited to Nerd Prom one day.

smiley on April 27, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Maybe the already-engaged tune in to enjoy the night vicariously, the one night of the year when Mark Knoller is as likely to be recognized as Justin Bieber.

.
Hardly. Knoller and “The Beeb” are not even the same size or age and Mark can’t make eye contact without extreme effort. So no one would mix the two up.

ExpressoBold on April 27, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Does the White House Correspondents Dinner erode national media’s credibility?
Does the White House Correspondents Dinner erode national media’s credibility?

…there is no credibility…only culpability!

KOOLAID2 on April 27, 2013 at 7:02 PM

More wh0res than the Bunny Ranch.

RovesChins on April 27, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Lebst du noch, Brokaw?

teacherman on April 27, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Had they any credibility, then perhaps yes. But with no credibility to erode…

Blaise on April 27, 2013 at 7:34 PM

the difference between politicians and porn stars, is one of them is in denial about how low they have to go to achieve their goals.

phatfawzi on April 27, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Does the White House Correspondents Dinner erode national media’s credibility?

Credibility? What credibility? What credibility is left?

petefrt on April 27, 2013 at 8:00 PM

They won’t be totally shot until porn stars start showing up for the event.

trigon on April 27, 2013 at 4:37 PM

I always thought Lohan was one….?

Valkyriepundit on April 27, 2013 at 4:40 PM

I doubt she has the body, talent or work ethic.

trigon on April 27, 2013 at 4:48 PM

She’s no Ginger Lynn, that’s for sure.

massrighty on April 27, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Does the White House Correspondents Dinner erode national media’s credibility?

Credibility? They don’t have no stinkin’ credibility.

bartonbulletin on April 27, 2013 at 9:00 PM

 

Does the White House Correspondents Dinner erode national media’s credibility?

 
What does not exist cannot erode.
 

ignatzk on April 27, 2013 at 10:20 PM

I’m hoping the next GOP president (heh!) will refuse to attend.

SouthernGent on April 27, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Credibility? What credibility?

RoyalFlush on April 27, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Huh.

The “national media” (mfm) has ‘credibility’.

Who knew?

Solaratov on April 28, 2013 at 12:19 AM

media credibility is as much of a fiction as that jesus nonsense, meaning it’s all a lie fed to morons eaten up by idiots.

Your Mamma loves me on April 28, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Does the White House Correspondents Dinner erode national media’s credibility?

Yep, just like the erosion damaging the land bridge from Asia to North America…

Oh, that land bridge is already gone and has been forever?

Well… my analogy still works.

gekkobear on April 28, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Credibility must exist before it can be eroded. Brokaw can look in the mirror for a strong example of its lack among the journalist-celebrity elite.

Network news has, for a very long time, spent as much or more effort on promoting WHO is bringing you the news, than on the quality or integrity of that news. Dan, Tom, and Peter were the front men in that effort for quite a long time, expecting us to believe their viewpoint as well as the facts, simply because it was THEM bringing us that viewpoint.

Journalist and commentators should remain distinct and separate, as they serve wholly different functions. But ship sailed long ago, and it is sad hubris and hypocrisy for one such as Brokaw to lament the same thing he fomented, especially hypocritical since he only chooses to recognize the problem in public while he can point a finger at someone with even less credibility than the “news” people.

Lohan is a ditz. She can’t help that, she isn’t smart enough to even realize it. Folks like Brokaw lay claim to being so much smarter than the consuming public that they feel within their rights steering how the public should think, rather than simply giving them the information to think about.

Freelancer on April 28, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Brokaw’s blatherings have all the staying power of a popcorn fart in a windstorm.

DevilsPrinciple on April 28, 2013 at 7:27 AM

The White House correspondents and their handlers in the lamestream media have two problems and this event does much to exacerbate both:
- they are widely despised as agenda-driven partisans who lack the most basic understanding of what journalism is, and

- they are widely viewed as the media equivalent of coke-whores, with politicians as their suppliers.

Jaibones on April 28, 2013 at 8:12 AM

As if they had a shred left anyways.
Did LiLo drive herself there cuz there’s quite a few empty bottles sitting on the table in front of her.

Kissmygrits on April 28, 2013 at 9:12 AM

The WHC dinner is irrelevant. The MSM lost their credibility long ago. Propaganda artists, actors in their own plays…Playing a role to push an agenda and to elevate their own stature. I see them only as caricatures in a profession that once used to play an important societal role and now does not.

In a country inundated with media through technology, the people exist without real news. The loss of that is so profound, I’m supposed to care that they get drunk and pat each other on the back?

GeeWhiz on April 28, 2013 at 9:53 AM

The WHCD doesn’t erode our confidence in the media it confirms our deep distrust of the press, media etc.

Herb on April 28, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Brokaw: I am not going to that dinner along with a bunch of media whores. I’ll just stay on my own show, where I am recognized as the featured media whore!

drunyan8315 on April 28, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Does the ceremony erode credibility? Or simply reveal that there’s been no credibility all along. That its Kabuki theater.

PunditFight on April 28, 2013 at 8:51 PM