Opinion: The comedic act at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner was out of line
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Civility in politics and media took another big step backward at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this past weekend.
The dinner is usually a nonpartisan celebration of the first amendment, a show of unity, with speeches, awards, scholarships for young journalists and, yes, comedic entertainment.
I was at the dinner and was at first actually encouraged by the cordial mood in a room filled by press, politicians and other professionals who very often disagree with one another.
That positivity went out the window as soon as Michelle Wolf started her comedy act, at the very end of the four-hour event.
In my opinion, Wolf was unnecessarily mean, cruel and disrespectful to Counselor to President Trump Kellyanne Conway and to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. For example, she wished a tree would fall on Kellyanne and seemingly made fun of Sarah’s looks. It was uncomfortable and out of line.
Kellyanne and Sarah deserve a ton of credit for sitting through the insults and handling them with total class.
Here is the bottom line: Michelle Wolf’s comedy may have gotten laughs at a comedy club in New York but it was way off base for a bipartisan event in Washington, D.C. meant to celebrate journalism and journalists.
If traditions like the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and other non-partisan celebrations are going to continue, they have to bring people together and not mercilessly ridicule and offend representatives of any side of the political spectrum.