Via Conservative HQ:
The annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner to raise money for its scholarship fund has devolved from a celebration of journalism’s best and brightest into a self-indulgent and self-referential “nerdprom,” where the pale shadow of Washington’s once-proud press corps shills for the media conglomerates that subsidize their mostly money-losing news operations.
In spotlighting actresses Rebel Wilson, Sofia Vergara, and Hayden Panettiere, instead of serious journalists who actually break news, Washington’s media elite have, in Sarah Palin’s memorable phrasing, become pathetic and out-of-touch “assclowns.”
Even distinguished liberal journalist Tom Brokaw said “Give me a break” when serial Hollywood bad girl Lindsay Lohan turned out to be the celebrity highlight of last year’s dinner.
Brokaw went on to criticize the Correspondents’ Association for letting Hollywood’s celebrity culture infect the event. But more to the point, Brokaw criticized his former colleagues of the White House press corps for being “just a group of narcissists who are mostly interested in elevating our own profiles…”
What Brokaw said last year, and Governor Palin nailed this year, is that Washington’s media elite are sorely out of touch with their audience out in “flyover country” because they are so wrapped-up in themselves and the urban elite culture inside the Beltway.
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