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.