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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Trump Effect hits the White House press corps

Brian Stelter of CNN complained that the president turned down the invitation to a trade group's annual awards dinner. The group in question is the White House Correspondents’ Association, which believes it is entitled to three hours of a president's Saturday night every year.

He conflated the importance of this event, which is a relic of the Roaring '20s.

He called the dinner, "a celebration of the First Amendment."


Does that include a celebration of freedom of religion? I do not recall the correspondents protesting the government suing the Little Sisters of the Poor for practicing Catholicism by refusing to fund artificial birth control.

Does that include a celebration of free speech? I do not recall the correspondents protesting universities that block conservatives from speaking on campus.

Does that include a celebration of the right to peaceably assemble? I do not recall the correspondents protesting the jailing of priests who protested outside an abortion clinic.

This trade group does not even stand up for a free press. The association's hierarchy supported a Fox News Radio report's verbal abuse and harassment of Lucian Wintrich of Gateway Pundit for receiving White House press credentials.

The First Amendment does not belong to the press.

And another thing, criticizing the press is not a threat to our freedom any more than criticizing the president is.

The association's members by and large hate President Trump and the people who elected him president.

We owe the association nothing.

From the get-go, this association has opposed the president in a manner unbecoming to a journalist. A rumor prompted the organization to file a protest on January 16, four days before his inauguration, "White House Correspondents' Association Responds to Reported Plan to Evict Reporters."

There was no such plan. It was a lie. A Russian dossier-level lie.

The feud was on. Feuding with Donald Trump can turn into a disaster known as the Trump Effect. Fate has laid low many a Trump Foe.

Trump skipped their annual dinner in 2017, and attendance plummeted. The late night talk hosts skipped the dinner, leaving it to the mighty Hasan Minhaj to mock the president.

President Trump skipped again this year, and the mighty Michelle Wolf delivered the monolog.

The party is over. No one wants to go see a bunch of reporters and a writer for a late-night talk show.

Trump exposed this party for what it was really selling: access to the president. Trump's super-power is exposing the hypocrisy. Kathy Griffin was the only celebrity at the dinner.

Roger Friedman tried his darnedest to spin this collapse of the dinner as temporary.

"No star wants to be seen at the WHCD while Donald Trump is president. That’s not going to change even if Trump remains in office for 8 years. (Please, I’m wearing garlic to ward this off.) All the buzz is gone. All the glitz," Friedman wrote.

The glitz is gone because the president is not in the room

And the president is not in the room because the press made itself an enemy of the state.

Look, if you refuse to accept Donald Trump as your president, you are not an American. It's as simple as that. I accepted Obama. It's their turn.

Usually, the Trump Effect is indirect, but in this case, the president knew what the White House Correspondents' Association was selling at these annual dinners, and he refused to be sold.

So the White House Correspondents' Association enters the Trump Effect Hall of Shame, which now has 56 members.

1. Casey Affleck.

February 2017: "Casey Affleck Slams Trump Administration’s ‘Abhorrent’ Policies in Spirit Awards Speech."

November 2017: "Thousands Sign Petition To Keep Casey Affleck From Presenting At Oscars."

2. H. Brandt Ayers

2017: "Trump breaches moral line."

2018: "Anniston Star's ex-publisher spanked female employees in the 1970s, reports say."

3. Alec Baldwin.

2016: "Alec Baldwin totally nailed Trump on the 'SNL' premiere."

2017: "Alec Baldwin Admits He's 'Bullied Women,' Calls for a Change in Hollywood."

4. LaVar Ball.

November 2017: "LaVar Ball Is Feuding with Donald Trump Over His Son's Release From China."

December 2017: "LaVar Ball sends his sons to play in LITHUANIA after pulling them both out of school in the United States after UCLA-Trump row."

5. Michael Bennett.

2017: "Michael Bennett: Trump stooped so low with his NFL attacks."

2018: "Michael Bennett indicted for allegedly injuring elderly paraplegic at Super Bowl LI."

6. Maddie Bowman.

2017: "Olympic gold medal skier Maddie Bowman would turn down visit to the White House."

2018: "Team USA's Maddie Bowman Finishes 11th in Crushing Blow for Former Gold Medal Skier."

7. Tom Brokaw.

2015: "Legendary newsman Tom Brokaw says he would 'call in sick' if he had to cover Donald Trump every night."

2018: "Tom Brokaw Accused of Sexual Harassment By Former NBC Anchor."

8. Hillary Clinton.

2016: "Clinton has 90 percent chance of winning."

2017: "Hillary, I love you. But please go away."

9. George Clooney.

2016: "Clooney's Vow: Trump Will Not Be President; See Trump's Response."

2017: "Clooney's 'Suburbicon' tanks, 'Saw' sequel No. 1 with $16.3M."

10. John Conyers.

2016: "Rep. John Conyers: Donald Trump Is the Next Richard Nixon."

2017: "Rep. John Conyers Jr. resigns over sexual harassment allegations."

11. David Corn.

2016: "MSNBC’s David Corn destroys Ann Coulter for defending Trump’s decision not to release tax returns."

2017: "David Corn investigated for inappropriate workplace behavior."

12. Bill Cosby.

2011: "Bill Cosby Rips Donald Trump On Today Show."

2018: "Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and molesting a woman."

13. Lena Dunham.

2016: "Lena Dunham: I'll move to Canada if Trump is president."

2017: "Lena Dunham Apologizes for Defending Girls Writer Accused of Rape."

14. Eminem.

October 2017: "Eminem unleashes on Trump: The 11 fiercest lines."

November 2017: "Eminem is SKEWERED on social media after his bizarre performance on SNL."

Bonus: "Rapper Eminem ‘extremely angry’ that Trump didn’t respond to castigating freestyle rap."

15. Al Franken.

2016: "Al Franken Hilariously Mocks Donald Trump."

2017: "Al Franken to Resign From Senate Amid Harassment Allegations."

16. GQ.

2016: "If You Vote For Trump, Then Screw You."

2017: "Layoffs Hit GQ as Condé Nast Cuts Continue."

17. Kathy Griffin.

2016: "Kathy Griffin Thinks Comedy Should Go All Out on ‘President Piece of Shit’ Donald Trump."

2017: "CNN fires Kathy Griffin."

18. Alcee Hastings.

2016: "Democratic congressman calls Donald Trump 'pile of excrement.'"

2017: "Taxpayers paid $220K to settle sexual harassment case involving Hastings."

19. Stephen Henderson.

2016: "Henderson: Vote for Trump was a consent, purposeful or not, to bigotry."

2017: "Free Press’ Stephen Henderson terminated for misconduct."

20. David Hogg.

March 4: "Florida shooting survivor David Hogg says he hung up on the White House during a call inviting him to Trump's listening session."


21. Megyn Kelly.

2016: "GOP Debate: Donald Trump's 'Spat' With Megyn Kelly Is Sexism."

2017: "Megyn Kelly drags down 'Today' ratings."

22. Garrison Keillor.

2016: “So, he won. The nation takes a deep breath. Raw ego and proud illiteracy have won out and a severely learning-disabled man with a real character problem will be president. We are so exhausted from thinking about this election, millions of people will take up leaf-raking and garage cleaning with intense pleasure. We liberal elitists are wrecks. The Trumpers had a whale of a good time, waving their signs, jeering at the media, beating up protesters, chanting ‘Lock her up’ — we elitists just stood and clapped. Nobody chanted ‘Stronger Together.’ It just doesn't chant.”

2017: "Minnesota Public Radio Fires Garrison Keillor Over Allegations of Improper Conduct."

23. Shia LaBeouf.

January 2017: "Shia LaBeouf arrested at his anti-Trump art installation."

April 2017: "Shia LaBeouf Thriller ‘Man Down’ Sells Just One Ticket at U.K. Box Office."

24. Lady Gamecocks.

2017: "South Carolina women's basketball team declines Trump's invite to White House."

2018: "UConn routs South Carolina 94-65, heads back to Final Four."

25. Jennifer Lawrence.

2017: "Jennifer Lawrence Would Like to Throw a Martini at President Donald Trump's Face."

2018: "Box Office Poison: Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Red Sparrow’ Bottoms Out at $17 Million."

26. Ryan Lizza.

2016: "Trump Gets Ready to Be a Bad Loser."

2017: "New Yorker Fires Star Reporter Ryan Lizza Over 'Improper Sexual Conduct'."

27. Louis C.K.

2016: "Louis C.K. Compares Donald Trump to Hitler: ‘He’s an Insane Bigot’."

2017: "FX fires Louis C.K. after comic confirms sexual misconduct claims."

28. Macy's.

2015: "Macy's Drops Donald Trump's Fashion Line Over Immigrant Remarks."

2017: "Macy's Announces Store Closings for 2017."

29. Rose McGowan.

2016: "Rose McGowan Blasts Donald Trump, Murdochs, Networks in Open Letter: 'You Are Causing a Worldwide Sickness.'"

2017: "Rose McGowan arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance."

30. Alyssa Milano.

March 2017: "Alyssa Milano on Trump: 'Removing him will be up to' women."

June 2017: "Anti-Trumper Alyssa Milano is broke as a joke, didn’t pay taxes and stiffed her employees."

31. Evan McMullin.

2016: "Why Evan McMullin Says Donald Trump Is More Dangerous Than ISIS."

2018: "Evan McMullin Potentially In Violation Of Campaign Finance Laws, Records Show."

32. Mayor Ed Murray.

2016: Democratic "Seattle mayor decries Trump, says immigrants welcome."

2017: "Seattle Mayor Resigns After Multiple Sexual Abuse Allegations."

33. Rupert Myers.

January 2017: "British GQ writer: Could Obama ‘murder Trump and Pence’ then pardon himself?"

October 2017: "Male feminist writer fired by GQ Magazine after woman accuses him of sexual assault."

34. NFL.

September 2017: "After Trump Blasts N.F.L., Players Kneel and Lock Arms in Solidarity."

November 2017: "NFL TV Partners Set To Lose Up To $500 Million On Ratings Decline."

35. Barack Obama.

During the campaign, Trump tweeted, "President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States!"

Obama went on Jimmy Kimmel's show, read the tweet, and replied, "At least I'll go down as a president."

Fifteen days later, we elected Trump as Obama's successor.

36. Rosie O'Donnell.

1996: "Queen of Nice Can Rosie O'Donnell Clean Up Trash TV?"

2017: "Rosie O’Donnell Admits: ‘I Spend 90% Of My Hours Tweeting Hatred’ At Trump."

37. Playboy.

2016: "Hugh Hefner's son feels 'personal embarrassment' that Trump was on Playboy's cover."

2017: "Playboy considers closing down magazine to concentrate on nightclubs and casinos just months after death of founder Hugh Hefner."

38. Tony Podesta.

2010: "Tony Podesta, Superlobbyist."

2017: "Tony Podesta stepping down from lobbying giant amid Mueller probe."

39. Gregg Popovich.

2017: "Gregg Popovich Issues Blistering Takedown of ‘Soulless Coward’ Donald Trump."

2018: "Spurs season ends with hard-fought, last minute loss to Warriors in Game 5."

40. Jorge Ramos.

2015: "In taking on Jorge Ramos, Donald Trump may have tussled with the wrong media star."

2018: "Jorge Ramos Eyeing Return to Mexico."

41. Brett Ratner.

June 2017: "Brett Ratner Regrets Not Naming 'Tower Heist' After Trump."

November 2017: "Six women accuse filmmaker Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct."

42. Eric Schmidt.

January 2017: "Google's Eric Schmidt: Trump Administration Will Do Evil Things."

December 2017: "Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is stepping down as Alphabet’s executive chairman."

43. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

2016: "Arnold Schwarzenegger: ‘I Will Not Vote for the Republican Candidate for President.’"

2017: "He won't be back: Schwarzenegger's Terminator franchise terminated."

2017: "Arnold Schwarzenegger's Legend of Conan Isn't Happening."

2017: "Donald Trump Says Arnold Schwarzenegger Fired From ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’"

44. Andy Signore.

June 2017: "I am so damn sick of bully @realDonaldTrump taking words out of context to act out his agenda of fear, corruption & bigotry. #NotMyPresident."

October 2017: "‘Honest Trailers’ Creator Andy Signore Fired for ‘Egregious and Intolerable’ Sexual Behavior."

45. John Skipper.

October 2017: "Report: ESPN’s John Skipper Attacks President Trump, Fox News, and Clay Travis, in Private Employee Meeting."

December 2017: "John Skipper's resignation caps a tumultuous year at ESPN."

46. Tavis Smiley.

2016: "Tavis Smiley: BFOTs (Black Friends of Trump) Are Normalizing Racism."

2017: "PBS Suspends Tavis Smiley For Allegedly Forcing Women and Men to Have Sex With Him to Keep Their Jobs."

47. Kevin Spacey.

2016: "Kevin Spacey mocks Donald Trump and calls him a 'disease' at Cannes."

2017: "Actor Anthony Rapp: Kevin Spacey Made A Sexual Advance Toward Me When I Was 14."

48. Starbucks.

2017: "Starbucks' Howard Schultz told workers Trump created 'chaos' that is hurting economy."

2018: "Calls grow to boycott Starbucks after two black men arrested for not making order."

49. Alwaleed Bin Talal.

2016: "Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Trolls Trump: ‘I Bailed You Out Twice’."

2017: "Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal arrested in corruption crackdown."

50. George Takei.

2016: "George Takei: Trump's Muslim registry is 'prelude to internment'."

2017: "George Takei’s Facebook empire strains under sexual harassment allegations."

51. Teen Vogue.

2016: "Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America."

2017: "Teen Vogue is going to cease printing."

52. Lindsey Vonn.

2017: "Lindsey Vonn says she doesn't want to represent Donald Trump at Olympics."

2018: "Lindsey Vonn Loses Super-G Medal in Last-Second Mistake."

53. Harvey Weinstein.

2016: "Harvey Weinstein says Trump 'appeals to the worst in us'."

2017: "Harvey Weinstein Is Fired After Sexual Harassment Reports."

54. The White House Correspondents' Association.

2017: "The WHCA board is protesting strongly against how today's gaggle is being handled by the White House."

2018: "Comedian Kathy Griffin is the Only Recognizable 'Name' at the White House Correspondents Dinner."

55. Brian Williams.

2012: "Donald Trump has driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible."

2015: "Brian Williams Demoted to MSNBC Breaking News Anchor."

56. Kevin D. Williamson.

2015: "Witless Ape Rides Escalator."

2018: "Atlantic Fires Kevin Williamson After Suddenly Realizing He Believes The Things He Says."


  1. Does that include a celebration of the right to peaceably assemble? I do not recall the correspondents protesting the beatings and abuse by antifa thugs heaped upon people attending Trump political rallies during the campaign?

  2. Trump refraining from doing what generations of Republicans before him had no balls to do themselves. He is refraining from empowering people who hate him.

    He read Dear Abby and learned what they did not: people can only shit on you if you give them the power to do so.

    Giving the enemy power, or helping him to preserve it, is the mark of the cuckservative.

    1. This x 1000000000000000.

  3. Trump has nailed these people to his Wall Of Trophies. I'm wondering how many more will be added. At this rate, it should total about 180 by the end of his first term. (Don, you may need to buy more pixels.)

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    2. The pace has been picking up. 180 seems low. I would bet on the over.

  4. My philosophy has always been, and it goes back to the days when Lyndon Johnson used the phrase "your President", he's not my President, he's not your President, he's THE President.

  5. Gee, another leftist circle-jerk where they all preen around with the smugness of people who do truly believe they are protectors of the 1st Amendment realm. They're poseurs at best, and in reality, confederates to re-shape the 1st in their image (protected speech as long as it fits their narrative). Is leftist award season about over?

  6. The press loved it when the SCOTUS took freedom of the "press" to include all modern methods of disseminating the news and when the 14th Amendment in the 1930s made that freedom applicable to all states by incorporation. Previously only applicable to federal laws and policies. But the 2nd Amendment is obviously not an individual right even though the SCOTUS has incorporated it too in Heller.

  7. Drudge had a bunch of links to YouTube videos of the "comedian" at the Correspondent's Dinner, so I watched for a bit.

    My mistake. I won't do that again.

    Whatever happened to feminine women? Today so many women- almost all on the Left- seem to think that they are required to make a longshoreman blush, each time they open their mouths.

    Maybe the "50 Shades" phenomena is so popular because women wear ball gags, so they can't speak! That would certainly have improved that "comedian."