Nearing the annual White House Correspondents' Association scholarship dinner, the Washington Times revealed that the group pays its executive director more than it hands out in scholarships. Looks like the reporters have become as corrupt as the White House they cover.
The association's main job is credentialing who is considered the press in the White House, which is potentially pretty powerful. That the group has full-time staff is surprising, but considering it is Washington, such overstaffing is expected.
Christi Parsons is a Los Angeles Times reporter and president of the association. She defended paying the executive director $133,150 a year while handing out $86,000 in scholarships.
Parsons told the Washington Times: "That salary-to-grant ratio would be relevant if we were a scholarship fundraising organization, but we are not. We are a group that fights for openness and transparency at the White House. That's what our outstanding executive director is paid a competitive salary to help us do."
Just what does this person do? As for fighting for openness, that's a new one on me. Actually, transparency is a laugh line at association events.
"I don't think most of our members would be comfortable with the idea of fellow journalists going hat-in-hand to corporations trying to raise money," she said. "That would not be consistent with the mission of our board or our organization."
I like that We-Could-Be-More-Corrupt-But-Chose-The-Less_Low-Road excuse. The woman has no morals. None. Nor scruples.
But why not hit up corporations for donations and eliminate the dinners, which show a fealty to this White House? Start with ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. The strings attached would be to quit fawning over this president.