Michelle Wolf at the WHCD

The annual White House Correspondents Dinner is an event that should cease to exist. It represents the worst kind of schmoozing between journalists, the people they cover, and celebrities and only serves to cement their sense of insider solidarity against all of us yahoos on the outside. One of the good things that Donald Trump has done is boycott the event since he became president. It is true that he likely did it because he is thin-skinned and could not take the inevitable jokes at his expense, but I hope his action leads to the event being canceled.

The 2018 event was held last night and the keynote speaker was former Daily Show correspondent Michelle Wolf. She was less funny than scathing, calling out Trump and his allies and the media for their complicity in promoting Trump, and causing some to clutch their pearls and call for smelling salts, and others to leap to her defense.

Here’s her speech in full.


  1. says

    Apparently Trump’s feelings were hurt. This is the guy who says nasty shit about pretty much anyone, and he got his feelings hurt. What a snowflake.

  2. says

    RWNJs: Fuck your feelings!

    Comedian makes jokes about a conservative.

    RWNJs: How dare you hurt our feelings!

    I was reading one outraged conservative on Twitter who literally has as a profile picture the words “FREEDOM OF SPEECH -- Because my rights are more important than your feelings.” These people have absolutely no sense of self-awareness.

  3. says

    First, @Tabby, No. 3, well said.

    Second, Mano is spot on about he dinner itself. I wrote:

    As a journalist I oppose the very idea of The White House Correspondents’ Association. Covering the White House ought not to be a collegial matter and hosting an annual dinner/roast definitely sends the wrong message on a relationship that must be adversarial to be credible.

    Yes, I know the dinner is supposed to be a charity event, but this has always sent the wrong message.


  4. naturalcynic says

    Gee, a comic getting an insult in at the WHCD. It reminds me of the horrified readers of Sports Illustrated when they find nearly naked ladies in the yearly swimsuit edition. It happens every year.

  5. Acolyte of Sagan says

    Tabby Lavalamp, #3.
    Sixteen hours before the WHCD, a tweet from Mike Huckerbee promoting his own show:

    Gov. Mike Huckabee

    If you lack sense of humor, get “offended” by slights you create, or just can’t bring yourself to tolerate those you disagree with the(sic) DO NOT watch my show 2nite! You will be triggered and will need a pony, popsicle, and 9Playdough to cope! pic.twitter.com/IYht2EMM2p

    11:43 AM -- Apr 28, 2018

    After his daughter was the butt of a couple of jokes, however;

    Gov. Mike Huckabee

    The WHCD was supposed to celebrate the 1st Amendment. Instead they celebrated bullying, vulgarity, and hate. They got all dressed up so they would look nicer when they had a hired gun savagely attack their guests. Do they really wonder why America has no respect for them? Sad!

    12:44 PM -- Apr 29, 2018

    Followed up with (emph. mine)

    Gov. Mike Huckabee

    Those who think that the tasteless classless bullying at the WHCD was an example of the 1st Amendment should never condemn bullying,bigoted comments, racist bile or hate speech. People should be free to speak but held accountable for it.

    Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

  6. says

    Acolyte, yup, I saw that going around Twitter. If Huckabee couldn’t be a conservative, a Christian, or a Republican if he wasn’t a hypocrite too.


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