Keller @ Large: White House Correspondents Dinner Not Worth Celebrating

May 5, 2014 12:00 PM
Keller @ Large: White House Correspondents Dinner Not Worth Celebrating
" BOSTON (CBS) – They had the annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner once again in D.C. this weekend, complete with dozens of lavish parties attended by B, C, and D-list celebrities along with that E-list of celebrities, other journalists.

And as usual, the pride of Newton, Mass., New York Times columnist and “This Town” author Mark Leibovich is right on point with his description of the entire weekend as “an abomination.”

Notes Leibovich: “We have to ask ourselves – what are we celebrating exactly?”

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Certainly not the opportunity to see the President of the United States crack a series of not-really-funny jokes about the health-care website debacle, including: “In 2008, my slogan was ‘Yes we can.’ In 2013, my slogan was control-alt-delete.”


But there is a partial answer to Leibovich’s question.

For a few minutes during the dinner, the Correspondents Association celebrated the life of Harry McAlpin, who broke the color line in White House press conferences in 1944 by showing up without the blessing of the bigots who ran the association back then "

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