Spittle-specked, CNN leftist liar Brain Stelter is now claiming that Donald Trump’s refusal to attend the White House Correspondent’s Dinner is an “attack” on the First Amendment.
Let me clear that up, for you, Bri… NO it isn’t.
During the little-watched CNN show, CNN Newsroom, Stelter insisted that Trump’s opposition to the dinner is an “attack” on the media.
In a discussion with Stelter, CNN host Brooke Baldwin said, “And it is no secret the President likes to insult the free press but now we’re learning the White House is actually telling the administration officials so boycott the dinner celebrating the First Amendment.”
First of all, the WHCD is not a “dinner celebrating the First Amendment.” It is a dinner celebrating the Washington media.
But, on the other hand, so what? Even if the dinner was “a dinner celebrating the First Amendment,” just because a president does not attend would not do a thing to detract from the goal of celebrating the First Amendment.
But Stelter’s reply was even dumber than Baldwin’s characterization of the dinner.
Yes. That’s what it’s about, It is an awards dinner and a fundraiser. In the past, presidents have shown up even if they were angry at the press at any given time and, importantly, it’s useful for White House aide to schmooze with reporters. It’s helpful for us to get to our sources. There’s some value in these sorts of festive events, but it is, as you said, another example of a tradition at least being put on pause during the Trump age.
Then Stelter added that the White House deciding to avoid the dinner was “another example” of “[t]his administration’s attack against the media” with “one form” being Trump “having a rally this Saturday instead of attending the dinner and I do think it matters mostly because what it means about these tensions continuing to escalate.”
This is all overwrought nonsense. A president ignoring a media gala does nothing at all to harm the First Amendment. Indeed, these same members of the media are doing far more to harm the First Amendment by marching in lock step with the far, anti-American left and squelching the free speech of conservatives!
Hat tip to Newsbusters.
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