Glenn on WHCD: “I look at it as, really, the downfall of all journalism in America”

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Saturday was “nerd prom” or as everyone who isn’t a member of the “political elite” call it, the White House Correspondents Dinner. A tradition started by Glenn’s least favorite President (and possibly human being to have ever walked the earth) Woodrow Wilson.

“Back in the Woodrow Wilson days, the idea was that the press was too — was just not cozy enough with those in the White House and those that they covered, so they thought, “If we could just get them enamored and get them into our lifestyle, then they will stop representing the American people because they will see their job as, we’re really in this together.”  And the White House correspondents dinner was started,” Glenn explained.

While the media and political elite view the even as a great tradition, Glenn views the dinner as “a black spot on journalism.”

“I look at it as, really, the downfall of all journalism in America,” he noted. “This is where it began.”

Glenn noted that, back when the dinner first started, it may not have been to the obnoxious scale that it is now. It was probably more of “an old boys club.” But the Correspondents Dinner today as essentially turned into a red carpet event that puts the White House and members of the mainstream media on the same level of some of Hollywood’s most esteemed.

For Glenn, this isn’t’ about who is in the White House. His opinion of the dinner doesn’t shift with the part that controls the White House — although it’s safe to assume the dinner wasn’t so uppity with George W. Bush was president. Glenn isn’t alone in his feelings about he egregiousness of the dinner. Tom Brokaw was very public in his criticism of the dinner.

After declining his invitation, Brokaw explained to Politico that “somewhere along the line, it began to freewheel out of control. And the breaking point for me was Lindsay Lohan.”

TheBlaze.com reports that Lohan attended the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner as a guest of Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren.

The first year Glenn was at Fox News he apprehensively attended the event. Sitting with Bill O’Reilly and Juan Williams, among a few other Fox personalities and a Hollywood star. Glenn recalled the event this morning during the radio program noting, “I spent most of the time just talking to Bill and we sat there, and the room changed when the president and First Lady walked into the room.  And NBC was sitting right in the front.  They had the best access and they were sitting right there in the front with a table, and all the Hollywood crowd and, of course, we were way off in the back on the side and I just watched this circus.  And then as I walked out, all of the ‑‑ some of the veteran journalists were like, “Hey, it’s so good to see you.”  And I thought, oh, my gosh, this is like a ‑‑ this is like a really, really bad prom go awry.”

Conan O’Brien headlined this year’s dinner — a guy typically liked by people on both sides of the aisle. It only takes a quick Google search to see how “well” his jokes came across.
 
Here are a couple highlights from his performance:

The president’s speech wouldn’t have faired much better if everyone in the room didn’t feel the obligation to laugh at the one-liner filled speech. From approaching the podium to rap music, to singling out Rush Limbaugh, Republicans (nothing new there), to CNN & MSNBC, the President didn’t seem to pick favorites this year while deflecting some of the more controversial stories surrounding his administration with jokes.

Here’s a video of his full speech…

“If you’re going to be a journalistic force, you’re supposed to be at the White House correspondents dinner,” Glenn noted. “We won’t.  I’ll never buy a damn table to that thing. Never.”

Glenn wasn’t the only one not amused by the dinner. Here’s what Sarah Palin tweeted during the event:

Twitchy has more of what was tweeted about the D.C. event HERE.

…and here is the photo that had Glenn cringing all morning long.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    The White House Correspondence Dinner – another fine example of the theater and staged performances of the Progressive – Democratic Socialist media.

    In another land and age, this once was called Bread and Circuses, by the Emperors of the old Roman Empire. 

    Keep the masses fed and occupied with wild, extravagant and larger-than-life entertainment and they will ignore all else. So it is that the Democratic Socialists have become true masters of the entertainment and propaganda.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Here is the simple truth of the WHCD – it is nothing more than a showcase of the ruling elite and their groupies. The difference is, the journalists who faun over the Obama’s honestly think they are in charge…

    When reality slams home on them, they will howl indeed.

  • landofaahs

    Journalism today is like the story of the old Oak tree at the top of the hill.  It strong for years against the elements and children swung from her limbs.  One day a strong wind came and the tree fell wish a great crash.  Observing the tree after the storm revealed the truth.  It had been rotted and hollowed out after years of steady decay.  It’s days were numbered for several years when folks wrongly trusted in its might.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Absolutely, and the media as with the government, is corrupted from within and from without.

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  • Anonymous

    You can not have tuthful and honest Journalist who are liberal when hey are only for the Democratic Party with agendas against the Republican Party

  • http://www.absoluteintensity.com dennis reilly

     Palin said it so right. These ass clowns have no shame and think they’re fantastic while the world suffers at their expense

  • http://twitter.com/jimaw63 Jim

    Please turn off the autoplay on videos. I’m able to select the “play” button on my own when and if I’m interested.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Conan, what did the Communist say when he crossed the road?  He said, “What’s it to you, you didn’t build that!”

  • Anonymous

    Sarah Palin was for it before she was against it. 

  • Anonymous

    She’s simply raging against the dying of her light. She wasn’t against it in 2011 when her and her family attended the pre and after parties.

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  • Anonymous

    “Perhaps Sarah Palin said it best, referring to the ‘assclown’ politicians & media having a ‘nerd prom’ while the rest of America struggles in this terrible economy.”

    Except she has attending this event in the past. Hypocrisy?  Much.

    Beck is envious because he doesn’t get invited to such an event. What a pathetic, little man.

  • jesustheonlyway

     And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Romans 1:28-32

  • Sandie

    Sarah did it justice with her description! lol.

  • Guest

    Can the hate-mongering snark, bitch. Low info people like you are oblivious to the fact that the more entrenched the left has gotten with it, the worse it has gotten. Sarah is right. Why would anyone but the frivolous celebs want to bother with it.

  • greywolfrs

    Hey, it’s the moron, vicki tiffany. Hey stupid, you claim I am dumb for a typo and never bothered to read your own post?

    “Except she has attending this event in the past. Hypocrisy? Much.”

    How does the sentence make any sense at all? The answer: it dosn’t. You are one dumb M F er, vicki tiffany. The only pathrtic little man is you. You make an entire website hating on Beck and call him that name? This is a classic case of Pyschological Projection or Freudian Projection, as it is sometimes referred.

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