Many reporters, including left winged media, thought comedian Michelle Wolf’s performance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Saturday was an embarrassment and a gift to President Donald Trump and his administration.
Even tho President Trump was not in attendance because he was at a political rally in Michigan, he took some serious shots from Wolf that many journalists at the Associated Press, Yahoo news, Politico, The New York Times and CNN found to be very cruel. Wolf even laughed at the audience following the negative response of one of her vulgar jokes:
‘Yeah, you shoulda done more research before you got me to do this,’ said Wolf.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also received many of Wolf’s cheap shots as did White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell couldn’t help but call for an apology to Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Apology is owed to @PressSec and others grossly insulted ny Michelle Wolf at White House Correspondents Assoc dinner which started with uplifting heartfelt speech by @margarettalev – comedian was worst since Imus insulted Clinton’s
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) April 29, 2018
CNN’s Jeff Zeleny and New York Times reporter Peter Baker agreed that the annual diner disgraced the cause of journalism. Jeff Zeleny added that he thought the dinner was an ’embarrassment.’
Unfortunately, I don't think we advanced the cause of journalism tonight.
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) April 29, 2018
Couldn’t agree more. So much important and amazing journalism this year — that should be the focus, when truth matters and is needed more than ever. It was an embarrassment in the room and surely to the audience at home. https://t.co/vhbnG6tn55
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) April 29, 2018
His colleague Tim Alberta from Politico Magazine agreed with him with a tweet this Sunday morning:
Every caricature thrust upon the national press—that we are culturally elitist, professionally incestuous, socioeconomically detached and ideologically biased—is confirmed by this trainwreck of an event.
Journalists, the joke’s on us.
The WHCD is broken. Fix it or end it.
— Tim Alberta (@TimAlberta) April 29, 2018
Kyle Cheney from Politico tweeted that Wolf bombed and ‘undermined an otherwise meaningful evening.’
He said that the comedian’s set ‘was (spectacularly) one-sided. It was because she was unnecessarily cruel on a night the WHCA was trying to showcase decency and purpose.’
New York Times White House reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted how Sarah Huckabee Sanders reacted to Wolf’s cruel jokes about her appearance.
That @PressSec sat and absorbed intense criticism of her physical appearance, her job performance, and so forth, instead of walking out, on national television, was impressive.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 29, 2018
Yahoo News reporter, Jon Ward, tweeted that he did not feel like laughing and he found himself ‘aghast’ while listening to many of Wolf’s jokes. He also added that he routine ‘took mean spirited personal shots’ and ‘was a political gift to the Trump admin.’
The Associated Press reported Wolf’s routine as a ‘vulgar riff on Trump and party politics…’
Meg Kinnard from Associated Press said the dinner made the job of all journalists very difficult as far as public trust is concerned.
If the #WHCD dinner did anything tonight, it made the chasm between journalists and those who don't trust us, even wider. And those of us based in the red states who work hard every day to prove our objectivity will have to deal with it.
— Meg Kinnard (@MegKinnardAP) April 29, 2018
However, not everyone was unhappy. Joan Walsh from The Nation defended the evening’s entertainment saying ‘This is gonna be a 2005 @StephenatHome moment: the crowd is scandalized (even some liberals), but a lot of people see it as the right reaction to the scandal that is @realDonaldTrump.‘