The Hill newspaper, which in my opinion is one of the few major mainstream publications around that still makes an earnest effort to be completely nonpartisan, announced Tuesday morning that it will no longer participate in the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner.
The Hill withdrew following the performance by comedian Michelle Wolf at Saturday night’s dinner, during which she viciously and obscenely insulted President Trump and his aides.
From an article in The Hill:
“The Hill, which has participated in the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner for many years, does not plan at this time to participate in the event moving forward,” James Finkelstein, The Hill’s chairman, wrote in a letter dated Tuesday to Steven Thomma, executive director of the White House Correspondents’ Association.
“In short, there’s simply no reason for us to participate in something that casts our profession in a poor light. Major changes are needed to the annual event,” the letter states.
Finkelstein’s letter criticized Wolf’s performance as “out of line” and said that the Hill hoped the dinner could get “back to talking about the importance of the Fourth Estate without the kind of ugly sideshow that completely overshadowed the event this year.”
Along those lines, we will happily donate in the future to the WHCA scholarship program and hope this program can produce future journalists to fight for freedom of the press while remaining non-partisan,” Finkelstein wrote. “In the meantime, without major reforms, The Hill no longer wishes to participate in future dinners.”