It's long overdue for WH reporters to reassess whether the annual lavish black-tie event is appropriate in this day & age.—
Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 26, 2013
The White House’s high-dollar “Sequester Soul Show” (as Matt Drudge put it) was the textbook example of “bad optics” — the first family and an invitation-only crowd schmoozed with Justin Timberlake at a private concert while closing the White House doors to school tours. If the Obamas thought for even a second that such an event wasn’t appropriate amid sequestration cuts, they certainly didn’t show it. With the Washington press corps gearing up for its own star-studded White House Correspondents’ Dinner this weekend, is it possible the media elite are having second thoughts?
No, not really. CBS News’ Mark Knoller might be an exception, though. “Nerd prom” might be fun, but has it gotten out of hand?
It’s all for a good cause, after all. Those J-school indoctrination programs don’t come cheap.
This kind of thinking, Mr. Knoller, has no place in Washington, D.C.