Time, People Drop Out of White House Correspondents’ Event

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Time and People have decided not to hold an event on the eve of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, joining other media organizations who are forgoing bashes surrounding the annual event.

For years, Time and People had hosted a cocktail reception the night before the dinner, drawing a mix of Beltway notables, Hollywood celebrities, and news media stars.

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“Time Inc. will not be hosting its annual Time/People party at the St. Regis during this year’s WHCA weekend,” a spokeswoman said. “As usual, Time will be participating in the WHCA Dinner. People will be making a donation to the WHCA in lieu of tables at the dinner.”

Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, and Bloomberg also dropped plans for their events tied to the annual dinner, as questions surfaced as to how media organizations would participate in the gathering in light of President Donald Trump’s attacks on the news media.

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Trump himself tweeted that he would not attend the dinner, which is scheduled for April 28. He will be the first president to skip the dinner since Ronald Reagan in 1981, as he was recovering from an assassination attempt. Reagan still called in to the ceremony to address the audience of journalists and government officials.

The WHCA has not yet announced its plans for the dinner lineup, and whether it will include an entertainer or some other member of the Trump administration.

“This year we have decided to focus on supporting the White House Correspondents’ Association, which plays a crucial role in advocating for the broadest possible access for the press at the White House,” said Alan Murray, Time Inc.’s chief content officer.

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  1. Richard says:

    Perhaps President Putin could attend in Donald’s absence.

  2. AmandaSue2 says:

    The freedom of the press lives on…OBVIOUSLY, since they say and write anything they want, even if it ISN’T true or accurate. What the media is really upset about, is that our President, Donald Trump, questions their credibility and he doesn’t kiss their ass… and they JUST don’t know how to handle it.

  3. Bill B. says:

    This would certainly not be the most comfortable event for the pathological liar to attend.

  4. Robert Flanagan says:

    Trump has won.

  5. Opt says:

    I think they could still hold the party. Ask Obama to be the keynote speaker, ask Kleenex to donate 3 boxes of Kleenex per goodie bag and call the party White House Correspondents’ Association Kum Bay Ya dinner.

  6. mazlmazl says:

    I like that line about the WHCA response to Trump’s criticism. Nothing Trump has said is half as brutally vicious and fanatically hate filled as the blindly revealing comments on President Trump written by the boorishly smug Graydon Carter. The Trumpster is a kind of antidote to an inhumane and self absorbed circle which embraces Carter’s hellish view of all humanity outside of it.

    • The Truth says:

      Nothing Graydon Carter wrote about Trump is untrue. Trump’s continuous attempts to undermine the legitimacy of the free press, however, are a laced with blatant bullshit. Anything that challenges Trump’s reality distortion field is simply branded fake news by him, his sycophants, and the brainless following he’s conned into believing his lies. A pathologically deceptive fake patriot draft dodger and morally disgusting reprobate, Trump can hardly be considered the antidote for anything. Conversely, he’s the most toxic political virus in American history.

  7. Viewer Sj says:

    They’re ceding all the power to Donald Trump. Bigly sad

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