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Let’s See More Michelle Wolf-Style Nastiness in Political Journalism

Wolf's White House-focused hostility was a hell of a lot healthier than the smug chumminess that usually prevails at the annual journalist gathering.

Ron Sachs/dpa/picture-alliance/NewscomRon Sachs/dpa/picture-alliance/NewscomGive us more Michelle Wolf.

We need more of the suddenly-controversial comedian not because she was so great in her appearance at this past weekend's White House Correspondents' Dinner—few such contentious performances are delivered so lamely. No, we need more of the likes of Wolf because the White House-focused hostility in her appearance at the annual journalists' dinner was a hell of a lot healthier than the smug, we're-all-on-the-same-team chumminess that usually prevails at these gatherings.

Wolf did go after Democrats, including a Chappaquiddick joke that was a few decades overdue. And she zapped journalists themselves: "You guys are obsessed with Trump. Did you used to date him? Because you pretend like you hate him, but I think you love him." But the zinging of the president and his administration—especially Vice President Mike Pence and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders—was certainly nastier and more partisan than is usually expected these events.

And about damned time.

The cozy relationships between elite journalists and establishment politicians is well exemplified by the presence of Andrew Cuomo in Albany as governor of New York, while Chris Cuomo works for CNN preparing and presenting news stories to the public about politicians like his brother. In fact, he's actually interviewed his brother. Chris "is at least one reporter whom I can trust," Andrew wrote in his 2014 memoir, All Things Possible.

How would you like to be the CNN producer pitching coverage of the New York governor's bribery scandals and his attempts to derail investigations of the same?

Over at MSNBC, Joe Scarborough, a former congressman, co-hosts Morning Joe with Mika Brzezinski, who is the daughter of Zbigniew Brzezinski, adviser to the Johnson and Carter administrations.

Moving in the other direction are Fox News figures like Heather Nauert and Jonathan Wachtel, who jumped from Fox News network to gigs in the Trump administration.

Journalistic closeness with the current administration is almost exclusively a Fox News thing. While journalists overall are tight with the political establishment, they're generally more comfortable with its more liberal factions. "The political diversity of journalists is not very strong" FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver wrote last year. "As of 2013, only 7 percent of them identified as Republicans (although only 28 percent called themselves Democrats with the majority saying they were independents)."

Arguably, that's largely because the top-level news outlets—the sort that send people to the White House Correspondents' Dinner—are based in and around the same places where the political establishment congregates. "The national magazine industry has been concentrated in New York for generations, and the copy produced reflects an Eastern sensibility. Radio and TV networks based in New York and Los Angeles likewise have shared that dominant sensibility," media writer Jack Shafer wrote at Politico after the 2016 election. Internet publishing is, oddly enough, even more concentrated in those few urban centers.

And the people at the top of the media food chain definitely see themselves as something apart from the rest.

"Now journalists are highly trained, mobile and, especially in Washington, more elite," Deborah Howell, outgoing ombudsman at The Washington Post, lamented in 2008. "We make a lot more money, drive better cars and have nicer homes. Some of us think we're just a little more special than some of the folks we want to buy the paper or read us online."

They think they're a little more special—just like the powerful people they cover in the centers of government, with whom they socialize, and to whom they're sometimes related.

That has led to very chummy relations between politicians and the members of the press who cover them on a daily basis. Honestly, you're unlikely to verbally attack people with whom you associate, break bread, and share ideas—especially if you may be swapping jobs with them in the future. You're also unlikely to scrutinize them very closely and thoroughly investigate their conduct.

That's unfortunate, because the government officials with whom White House correspondents congregate wield a lot of power. Those officials can wage war, force their way into personal decisions, crush lives, and destroy prosperity. They can use the power they possess wisely or foolishly, or sell access to it to the highest bidder. And, they sought that power and could walk away from it at any time. Nobody made them take those jobs.

So, when Michelle Wolf steps on stage at a gathering of journalists and displays an adversarial streak toward the current president and his staffers, she's demonstrating an oppositional edge we should see on a daily basis. But we shouldn't see it just, or even primarily, at social gatherings; we should see it in those journalists' day-to-day work. And we should see it in their coverage of all government officials—not just those who belong to the "wrong" faction.

"Last night's program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people," White House Correspondents' Association President Margaret Talev said in a statement. "Unfortunately, the entertainer's monologue was not in the spirit of that mission."

Well, bully for the scholarship winners. But these gatherings of journalists and politicians have seen way too much civility. They should stop being so nice to the politicians, all of them, and show some more of nastiness in daily reporting on all government officials. No matter the administration, journalists just shouldn't be chummy with the politicians they cover.

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  • loveconstitution1789||

    Politicians and journalists should be adversaries. Any other relationship is suspicious. Politicians lie and journalists should seek the truth.

    That's my opinion but under free market, journalists can do whatever they want. Americans have really shown that they are sick of lefty bias permeating the mainstream media though.

  • colorblindkid||

    Exactly. There is no longer any reason to inherently believe a journalist any more than a politician. The fact that politics and journalism is one giant incestuous cesspool is a huge part of that problem, like George frickin Stephanapolous, the Bill Clinton version of Kelly Anne Conway, moderating debates and reporting on Trump scandals. Are people that fucking obtuse?

    Even worse is the baffling rehabilitation of Dan Rather as some valiant journalistic bastion of integrity, as if he was dishonestly railroaded for daring to tell the truth. It would be funny if it wasn't so fucking dangerous.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Luckily, the media attacks on trump when Trump is doing fairly well and is becoming more popular has really shown Americans what is going on.

    There is really no excuse not to know that much of the media is lefty, unashamedly so, and will lie to further that lefty agenda.

    As you said, its one thing to be a liar like Dan Rather. Its another thing to lie, have your peers cover for you, and advocate that you are one of the most trusted objective people in the World.

  • Zebra Jr.||

    You're the best parody account ever.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    I have already said that about you, so you're now a parody account and copycat.

  • Zebra Jr.||

    You're insane and you'll never realise it.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Which sock puppet are you again? I can never keep track of all of your socks.

    Funny, you think Dan Rather is not a liar. Haha.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Man, lc - a guy who routinely copies and pastes other peoples' insults of him as comebacks - is accusing somebody else of being a copycat? We truly do live in a world of marvels.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Citizen X - #6|5.2.18 @ 9:28AM|#
    Man, lc - a guy who routinely copies and pastes other peoples' insults of him as comebacks - is accusing somebody else of being a copycat? We truly do live in a world of marvels.


    See, you cannot even get that right after butting in with your one cent.

    I don't copycat and paste what you consider insults. I quote and alter the stupid comment to reflect that stupidity.

    You're welcome.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    That's not actually accurate, but whatever you need to tell yourself.

  • Mr. Gus||

    See, you cannot even get that right after butting in with your one cent.

    I don't copycat and paste what you consider insults. I quote and alter the stupid comment to reflect that stupidity.

    You're welcome.

    Among lefties.

  • Homple||

    "There is no longer any reason to inherently believe a journalist any more than aany other politician."

    Fixed that.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    ...under free market, journalists can do whatever they want. Americans have really shown that they are sick of lefty bias permeating the mainstream media though.

    Agreed They can cover the news however they choose, with whatever bias they want. That doesn't mean the rest of us have to buy the bullshit they're selling.

  • Flinch||

    Term limits for journalists: white house press passes should only be good for a year, and after a journalist has a cumulative coverage period [holding a pass] for six years... no more press passes. The people who have become permanent fixtures are just there for the coctail party invites and the chance to get on a chase plane to follow the president around the world. That's a social club [in terms of headspace] and therefore a public disservice.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    ...the chance to get on a chase plane to follow the president around the world.

    I think Air Force 1 has a press section, so they technically they get to fly on AF1 itself.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    The problem is that in a world where everything is politicized, the main source of news is politicians. And in order to get politicians to talk to you, you have to be nice to them. Thus, a journalist that regularly attacks politicians will get cut off from his news sources, and will have nothing to write about, to say nothing of all the cocktail parties he or she will miss out on.

  • UnrepentantCurmudgeon||

    There's a point, but you miss it. Journalists in this country do not attack Democrats, only Republicans. And among Republicans, mostly attack Trump, often dishonestly. I'll warm up to Michelle Wolf's style when she truly aims her fire in all directions instead of pointing a cap gun at liberals and a AR15 at Republicans. She's chic and has a great smile but otherwise, it's still the same old shit sandwich.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    I hadn't even heard of her until this controversy blew up. I had to look her up on Wik to find out that she's a writer for the sinking ratings ship that is the current Daily Show, so that explained why no one outside of Megacity One knew about her.

  • colorblindkid||

    Our press has been nothing but confrontational with the White House. They absolutely have been acting like an opposition party. But that's their fucking job! They're supposed to do that! The problem is they only act like it for Republicans.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Well, that and the press does not really hold Trump's feet to the fire on certain things because they reason that they might need that power if the left is in charge. The power to keep wars going without a declaration of war, for example.

    Most of the rest of the time, the press has TDS and dwells on made up stuff while ignoring real things like Hillary mishandling classified information.

  • ||

    They have ignored that since the lack of DoW on Korea. They have gleefully ignored Clinton and Bush corruption for decades now, because it suites their agenda, and their bottom line.

  • colorblindkid||

    The final tipping point, and why we have Trump, was the 8 years of the entire press corps acting as if they were trying out to be his press secretary, feeding Obama's lies to Americans because he gave good speeches and said nice things about them, all while he was spying on them and threatening their sources worse than any president since Nixon.

  • Tony||

    Trump is president because the press made work emails on a private account the biggest crime since Hitler. Take your pound of lumpy orange flesh. The press gave you this clown.

  • Sevo||

    "Trump is president because the press made work emails on a private account the biggest crime since Hitler."

    Why do you pick that crime, rather than accepting bribes from foreign countries while actins as Sec Of State? Or destroying evidence on that 'private account'?
    She lost since, she, like you, is a despicable person, and enough people noticed that to vote for Trump.
    You lost, loser. Grow up.

  • Tony||

    You mean enough people believed lies like you do?

  • Scarecrow Repair & Chippering||

    Hillary lost because (a) Hillary went out of her way to boost Trump as the GOP candidate, and (b) Hillary used the DNC to derail all other Dem candidates, and (a+b) the corruption involved was simply too much to hide, and the public despised Hillary as much as they despised Trump, but Trump was at least different, and different was mighty appealing after Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama.

  • Tony||

    Your mistake.

  • CDRSchafer||

    Blatantly ignoring directives and policy on handling classified and sensitive information, that 99.9% of Federal Employees manage to comply with and then expressing either clueless befuddlement or contempt for the rules everyone else other than her easily are able to follow.

    And she sucked so bad as a candidate that 95% of the media couldn't drag her fat ass across the finish line.

  • Flinch||

    The white house correspondents incest has been happening since 1915 - right after the progs mauled our government with the income tax and ending the senate's position for standing up for states rights. Coincidence? Maybe. Most presidents have gnashed teeth dealing with the media, but... something changed for the media with Obama in the white house. Under Clinton, they had a schoolgirls crush and couldn't wait to be lied to again - as long as they got to be in the same room with him. That did not exist with Obama: they were not merely un-inquisitive [taking dictation for the most part], but acceded to the unbelieveable breech of press freedom in submitting questions in advance [for them to be vetted/scripted, or discarded away from public view]. It was under 44 that the WHCA died, and... what can they offer any sitting president [now or in the future] after behaving with absolute subservience to our first maoist/anarchist slacker in chief? Looks like Trump got another thing right.
    More interestingly, few organizations/business ventures will last beyond a century. So either the WHCA flushes the toilet and reinvents themselves with renewed purpose, or they are done - we are not impressed with their cocktail party invites and their [unregistered] lobbying efforts hiding behind journalist credentials.

  • UnrepentantCurmudgeon||

    Exactly. Anyone who is interested can spend a little time comparing the Obama years with what Trump has had to put up with. One can only hope that now that the press has set a standard for going after the Prez they will maintain that standard when the Dems are back on top (may that day never come)

  • $park¥ leftist poser||

    I've heard that being adversarial towards the Trump administration is just TDS while being adversarial towards Clinton and Obama is proper even though it will never happen.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    I've heard that making up stuff with Trump is not TDS.

  • $park¥ leftist poser||

    I've also heard that real libertarians support Trump because he's the most libertarian president in forever.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    I've heard Trump is more Libertarian-ish than Libertarian. Getting credit for doing libertarians things in office and simultaneously doing things that are not libertarian.

  • ||

    I've also heard that real libertarians support Trump because he's the most libertarian president in forever.

    To be fair, there's lots of ground between 'most libertarian president in forever' and 'libertarian'.

    The odds are certainly stacked against him, but it's not impossible that he could end his first term without having started any wars, negotiated peace on the Korean Peninsula, a stronger (potentially more humanitarian) anti-proliferation deal with Iran, and fewer boots on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan. Likely the only war he will have started will be a trade war against the largest socialist government on Earth.

    I wouldn't say that real libertarians support Trump as he's certainly not 'most libertarian President ever' but he *should* certainly stand as a ridiculously embarrassing bookend to his Peace Laureate predecessor and libertarians embittered by that may be less-principled libertarians.

  • StackOfCoins||

    At this point, Trump could cure cancer and the press would still make him out to be Hitler until the day he's out.

  • UnrepentantCurmudgeon||

    When was the press ever adversarial towards Clinton or Obama? The problem is not so much that the press is not confrontational but that it chooses sides and is therefore only confrontational toward the people it dislikes.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    So, when Michelle Wolf steps on stage at a gathering of journalists and displays an adversarial streak toward the current president and his staffers, she's demonstrating an oppositional edge we should see on a daily basis. But we shouldn't see it just, or even primarily, at social gatherings; we should see it in those journalists' day-to-day work. And we should see it in their coverage of all government officials—not just those who belong to the "wrong" faction.

    Yeah, I'm gonna hold my breath waiting for that to happen.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The problem for the news media is that overtly partisan reporting has caused people to dismiss certain or all news outlets. And even "good" journalists are tainted by the outlets that employ them.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Why would a 'good journalist' work for a tabloid like Gawker or WaPo?

  • Rhywun||

    This wouldn't be a problem if there was more diversity among journalists.

  • ||

    When you have all kinds of people saying the exact same thing, it must be true and the epitome of diverse, no?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Of course, as long as the people saying it all have different skin tones and genitalia.

  • Rhywun||

    Now you're catching on.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    "Genitalia": Thanks for signalling you know who.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Thanks for signalling you know who.

    Kaitlyn Jenner?

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    Voldemort?

  • sarcasmic||

    True. I can't listen to talk radio because they practically choke on Trumps cock. While the rest of the media is just as nuts from the opposite perspective. Fox certainly isn't fair or balanced. NPR is a bunch of Democrat cheerleaders.

    Politics suck.

  • Libertymike||

    All true, but I would argue that Sean Hannity's sucking of Trump's scrotum is now the leader in the club house and he beats Morning Joe and his blond bimbo's reverence of Bob Mueller.

  • sarcasmic||

    Since I started working from home I rarely listen to the radio, now that I'm not spending a couple hours a day in the car. But the few times I do put it on it's always the same old shit. Trump good. Democrats bad. Blah blah I couldn't give a fuck anymore.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    What are you listening to? Since much of the stuff out there is Trump bad- Democrats good.

  • $park¥ leftist poser||

    "We make a lot more money, drive better cars and have nicer homes. Some of us think we're just a little more special than some of the folks we want to buy the paper or read us online."

    A little more special? That must have been the understatement of the year. She's talking about a group of people who think the first amendment applies strictly to them.

  • Mickey Rat||

    And when people complain about the "cocktail party" mentality, this chumminess and groupthink among the political journalist profession and the political establishment is what they are actually complaining about, not literal cocktail parties, as a number of political writers have taken to dismiss it as.

    When it comes to covering a story bere that is not a pet issue, how many times are the assumptions used as the basis for discussion in line with the groupthink?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    If you're one of a few thousand people in a particular profession that markets a product to several hundred million other people, and a substantial proportion of those millions doesn't trust you, maybe consider that the lowest common denominator isn't found in the audience.

  • Wizard with a Woodchipper||

    "No matter the administration, journalists just shouldn't be chummy with the politicians they cover."

    No kidding. The problem here is that they irrationally dump all over members of one party while sucking the dicks of the other.

    As to the nastiness, I don't think it's always appropriate. I thought that the abortion bit was particularly disgusting. But that's the call of the comedian.

  • Rhywun||

    I think the author is rather wishfully confusing "nastiness" with "criticism". Attacks from her ilk aren't meant to inform, they're meant to stroke the egos of people who already agree with them.

  • ||

    Yeh.

    Her shtick was pretty transparent. Usually we like our satire and humour to possess some degree of wit and kernel of truth.

    What she did was pointless and witless.

    Fuck her.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Fuck her.

    No thanks.

  • ||

    Fair enough.

  • Tony||

    Leave the Trump administration alooone! They're just trying to protect us from the Mexicans. Sad cry tears wah wah wah.

  • John||

    Says the guy who joined the mob that ended the career of a rodeo clown in Missouri who wore an Obama mask. Go die in a fire you nasty little fuck.

  • Tony||

    Do what now?

  • John||

    Show me where you ever defended that guy or didn't cheer on his fate. But now you are all about, "Trump people should take a joke" after spending 8 years worshipping Obama like a God and demanding the destruction of anyone who disrespected him. The funny thing is that you are so fucking stupid you actually think no one notices it.

  • Tony||

    Show me where I ever commented on him again.

    Do you lie this much in real life? Does anyone like you?

  • wreckinball||

    So he shouldn't have been fired?

  • Old Mexican - Mostly Harmless||

    No matter the administration, journalists just shouldn't be chummy with the politicians they cover.


    But they are and have always been chummy with those politicians with whom they share the same worldview and penchant for controlling other people's lives. Which is why nary a peep was heard from most journalists about the Obama administration's military adventures or drone strikes against wedding parties (really, what's with drones and their peculiar predilection for bombing wedding parties?) or surveillance and harassment of journalists or its treatment of undocumented immigrants, etc. Most journalism pieces could be summed up as "Barack Hussein Obama, hmm, hmm, hmm!" which went on for eight, long, years.

    Now that a more WRONG person couldn't be in the presidential seat, who is going to trust the sincerity of the press? They can be more gross than that comedian, but for naught. Few will trust them anymore, to the detriment of people's economic and personal freedom.

  • Flinch||

    What a face: I can feel the hate already. There's something about the thin lipped/clenched lower jaw look the progs have mastered that just might be trademarked.
    But to get to the point... there is some magic in Trump not showing up to the white house correspondents dinner. Until the president shows up, these people don't exist. So, let's make it a tradition, and future presidents can tell them all to just play with themselves. The nation will not skip a beat if this media convocation never happened at all. I wish I had coined it, but somebody got there first: the correct name for this useless endeavor is the Outhouse Correspondents Dinner.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    The media hates to be ignored. Just ignore their cries for attention.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    What a face:

    I really don't see how anyone who looks like that gets off insulting other people's looks. Self awareness is clearly not her strong suit.

  • Tony||

    Whose looks did she insult (besides her own)?

    Cynical Asshole gets suckered by beltway spin. Now that's a fucking joke.

  • Nom de Sobriquet||

    This is somewhat in line with the notion of a Hippocratic Oath for journalists. Often beholden to politicians or the parent publishing house, stories reflect favor for one or another (often, both) rather than a responsibility to the consumers of news - John and Jane. When CNN or Fox prattle on for 12 minutes about a tweet, the idea is no longer about reporting events, it's merely to evoke an emotion.
    The relationship with politicians is a compromise of integrity. Get the exclusive, inveigle the public, repeat.

  • AJ_Liberty||

    News is no longer about shared facts used to self govern....but about selling confirmation bias and stoking "us against them". Most of what is on MSNBC and FNC is opinion masqueraded as newsiness....designed to provoke an emotion....fear...anger...and less and less about nuance and reasonableness. We have completely blurred who are journalists and who are politicos...with a seeming revolving door between the two. It's bad that one's sense of the world and what is important is driven by what channel you tend to land upon. We've taken an industry that suffered from subtle bias 30 years ago....and replaced it with either hyper-partisanship or a mosh pit designed to fuel drama. It doesn't help that Trump has brought WWE and reality TV into the equation. But it sells....and until we insist on something different....we will get more, not less.

  • Nom de Sobriquet||

    This exactly. Journalism was replaced with soylent journalism, designed to make the reader (not just in the US, but France, UK...) think what they were reading was reliable, when it is something very different, and not the fruit of a benevolent provider.

  • TxJack 112||

    I agree the MSM is smug and self serving but Wolf's style of "comedy" is not the answer. Roast have always been attacks on the "person of the hour" but this was not a roast, it was a verbal assault intended not to entertain but harm Regardless of what she said about the media or Democrats, her attacks were not in fun but pure politics. Ironically, when the President is from the GOP, the WHCA comedian never fails to be as nasty and hateful as possible. The difference is Wolf just went farther than before because of how the press has attacked the President and his administration from day one. She thought she had a receptive audience and was safe. The other problem is comedy is no longer about being funny, it is about being edgy and politically correct, in terms of supporting the progressive ideology and attacking anyone who does not. Kimmel, Maher, Colbert are other shining examples of what "comedy" has devolved into today. In the past, comedians like Johnny Carson made jokes about the President in the same manner regardless of his party. Today, comedians have clearly picked a side and only attack those on the right.

  • AJ_Liberty||

    We shouldn't exaggerate the importance of Wolf's comments...this was a failed attempt at levity...not some keen analysis...unless you believe Sarah Sander's looks are an important political topic to be roasted. There a lot of problems with how we do and absorb news right now...but let's not blurr those problems by thinking they have much to do with Wolf's routine. One can believe we have problems with 24/7 ideologically-driven news with way too much opinion and speculation (dare we say gossip?) AND believe that Wolf's comedy was in-funny in part because she picked on a generally sympathetic figure in Sanders without much creativity or proportionality. Civility and having some class are good things....people have the right to be asses...but we needn't applaud it

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Who is this Wolf person again?

  • qoheleth||

    I both agree and disagree. On the agreement side, I think journalists should be adversarial to each and every politician. The working assumption is that they will always try to cast events in the most positive light for themselves and their party. They will misrepresent the facts and often outright lie to do so. A journalist's job is not simply to identify the spinning but to point out the implications of why it's being done.
    I disagree that we need this kind of venal attacks on the people themselves. I personally don't care that (for the sake of example) Ted Kennedy was a drunk, a lout, and a profligate womanizer. What matters is when he uses political clout to escape the consequences of his action. The jokes should be left to entertainers, while the actual journalism should actually be done by journalists. They need to report on facts and implications, not spew vitriolic "humor."

  • wreckinball||

    We need more Wolf? Are you kidding me? First of all it supposed to be funny, it wasn't. Second, hyper-partisanship is destructive. There is no part of abortion that is funny.

    So predictably we get the more Wolf advocates, like this idiotic article and no Wolf is a tribes arguing she is leading a DNC rally.

    Neither she just sucked.

  • Tony||

    I thought this was the best one of these I've seen, and that had in part to do with the fact that the crowd was laughing harder than it usually does.

    I don't know who tried to turn "perfect smoky eye" into bashing Huckleberry's looks, but that was a particularly lame effort at manufacturing outrage.

  • AJ_Liberty||

    So, was she making fun of Sander's makeup...or complimenting it? Would a similar dig on Michelle Obama's looks receive your declaration of "manufactured outrage" or would the Left be universally raging?

  • Tony||

    I am honestly shocked that apparently "smoky eye" is not a universally known concept. She was complimenting her makeup while making fun of her lies.

  • wreckinball||

    No. Actually a rodeo clown wearing Obama mask had to fired.

  • JuanQPublic||

    It seem like a huge stretch to assert that it was about Huckabee's looks. It was neither negative nor complimentary regarding appearance. Weaving one aspect of her appearance into a joke doesn't mean that her appearance was the joke. Not sure why this is so confusing to some.

  • VinniUSMC||

    Well, no one's ever accused you of having good taste.

  • Brandybuck||

    Don't worry. They'll be chummy again when a Democrat is back in the white house.

  • wreckinball||

    They spent 8 years of complaining about Bush when Obama was president.

  • John||

    Instead of worrying about being adversarial, the press should worry about telling the truth. Being needlessly adversarial is just stupid as being needlessly partisan. In both cases involve lying. Beyond that, to the extent that you want the media to be adversarial, attacking people's looks and being a general jackass is not the way to go about it. How exactly is the cause of accountability in government furthered by calling Sarah Sanders fat? All that does is piss people off and make telling the truth harder.

    This article is just an example of how far gone the media is. They are no longer capable of understanding what their job is or even trying to do it.

  • Tony||

    Quote where she called Sanders fat or shut the fuck up you fascist.

  • John||

    That was the joke dumb ass. She attacked her looks. I understand life is hard for you being totally irrelevant and clinging to failed political ideologies. But that doesn't excuse you from making sensible points. Our sympathy for your plight in the political wilderness only goes so far.

  • Tony||

    Quote where she attacked her looks you fucking retard.

    This is a comedian making fun of politicians and beltway media. Libertarians most offended!

  • John||

    Making fun of people's looks is nasty and stupid. It is really that simple. The fact that you think it is okay just further proves what a horrible person you are.

  • Tony||

    So you got nothing. As usual.

  • Tony||

    So you gonna provide a quote where she made fun of Huckleberry's looks, or what?

    Gonna run away from this thread like hundreds of others where you got called out on your lies?

    Fucking lying coward.

  • Hank Phillips||

    Ah yes, the customary feces-flinging between the Apostle of God and Socialism's Own Spokesman. How droll... how predictable... how informative regarding the entrenched opposition parties.

  • Eidde||

    "Wolf did go after Democrats, including a Chappaquiddick joke that was a few decades overdue."

    So around 2064 we can expect to see the first round of Hillary jokes?

  • Agnes||

    Obviously, there is nothing funny about a woman for women losing an election due to misogyny.

    Republicans may bitch a lot when their party loses, but nothing is worst than a sore loser liberal. They go into mourning for years! And then let's not forget that they literally take Trump's win to be an actual assault on their minds and bodies. So what do they do? Create and sell a bunch of art telling Trump to go fuck himself and people happily buy it. A liberal artist has never seen a better economy than with Trump in the White House - all they have to do is keep pumping out half assed hate bullshit and they are relevant gods.

    The only point I LOVED that Wolf finally pointed out is the amount of money and notoriety (ironically enough, her included) that the press has made off of hatingTrump. I guarantee you, the NYT is so thankful for the amount of shit they get to smear and sell.

  • Hank Phillips||

    Michelle told no Libertarian jokes. Ours is the only growing party--a virile hockey stick of growth competing with the impotent subsidized geezerdom of decay. What better reason to repeal the Nixon Anti-Libertarian law that provides tax subsidies to rotting 19th century looter soft machines? The monkfish was paid for by the IRS using your effort to feed the grasping presstitutes that have since 1971 replaced what was once a relatively free press.

  • poppavein||

    One thing we learned, is that even Liberals acknowledge that abortion is baby-killing.

  • JuanQPublic||

    The big, commercial media that lives in Washington DC and NYC has been well-integrated into the political system for decades now, and the coverage, obviously, is going to reflect that point of view. It's the point of view of government power, whether its coming from the studios, Capitol Hill or journalists embedded with the U.S. military in the latest U.S. war.

    But they are becoming obsolete as the media landscape changes, and more diverse, independent media arises, of which one can form a far more well-rounded view of issues from a variety of perspectives.

    All media is biased. Which bias is what counts, not "if" its biased. Is the media biased for covering civil liberties, human rights, bad law or Constitutionality? Or is it biased for covering/ignoring these issues from the perspective of power? If their content spans all things political and social, and revenue is completely from advertising, it's pretty easy to see what biases are going to prevail in what's chosen to be covered and how it's covered.

  • NoVaNick||

    There are two types of journalists-the sycophants/cocksuckers who fantasize about attending the white house correspondent's dinner. These types are still wounded over losing the election for high school class president 20 years ago, so they try for the next best thing. The other type of journalist is one who objectively seeks the truth and reports facts. The latter type is nearly extinct.

  • Devastator||

    Damn straight. I don't really agree with everything she said, but fuck all this snowflake-ism that is going on in both parties. Bunch of pussies. "Oh you're hurting my feelings! Oh I don't agree with you LA-LA-LA!"

  • wreckinball||

    The new WHCD president has decided to make it boring next year, i.e. no comic , if that is what you call her.

  • sgreffenius||

    You can tell the truth without being nasty.

  • Tony||

    I think the point was the president can't tell the truth and can't not be nasty either.

  • CDRSchafer||

    Triple negative?

  • Empress Trudy||

    I fully endorse shouting her down with air horns wherever she goes. Either that or death threats.

  • SezWhom||

    Do you know the difference between a politician, a journalist, and a Hollywood actor? Neither do I.

  • Pat001||

    The "smug chumminess" of previous WHCD's was equally off-putting.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    The cozy relationships between elite journalists and establishment politicians is well exemplified by the presence of Andrew Cuomo in Albany as governor of New York, while Chris Cuomo works for CNN preparing and presenting news stories to the public about politicians like his brother.

    Calling Chris Cuomo an "elite journalist" is only due to his employment by a mass media corporation, not because of his supposed investigative skillz. Most of the so-called "elites" spend more time getting their news from Twitter feeds than doing any investigative digging of their own.

    The Cuomos represent the incestuousness of the political/media/celebrity class. These are people who all run in the same social circles within the DC/LA/NYC Axis of Evil. They all know each other, they all share the same political views, they marry each other, and they give each other jobs. That's why a total mediocrity like George Snuffleupagus can get a prime news spot, due to being a loyal Clinton lickspittle (loyalty is only good when it's given to Democrats; when Trump demands it, it's The End of the Republic As We Know It). Ironically, a silver-spoon Hollywood scion like Ronan Farrow is more of a journalist than these clowns, because he actually does the work to find information on a story, and even then we know there's no way he'd have that job if it wasn't for his connections with the mass media upper class.

  • Mark22||

    Wolff-style nastiness is reserved for progressives being nasty to conservatives and libertarians. Once a progressive is in the White House again, the press and comedians will return to being uncritical, respectful, and obsequious.

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