Now there is a lively conversation among the association’s members about possibly changing the format and the tone of future dinners.
The proximate reason for the debate: President Trump’s snubbing of the association for a second straight year and Michelle Wolf’s performance at Saturday night’s dinner.
But this debate predates Saturday night. Aspects of the dinner have been controversial for decades.
“As somebody who has said for a very long time that the dinner should be ‘boring,’ that is to say focused on journalists and the work of good reporters, I am very open to suggestions about how to change it,” the association’s incoming president, Olivier Knox, said in an interview on Monday.