We cover the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner every year and so far the highlight has been the late Carrie Fisher’s emotional support dog, Gary Fisher, walking the red carpet.
The dinner really does draw into sharp focus everything wrong with the Washington media; it’s where journalists swooned when President Barack Obama did his famous mic drop to mark the end of his final term, and also where they fretted about what to do after President Trump was elected. Should they just cancel the dinner? Disinvite him? What?
So it’s no surprise at all to hear some “media group” opposed to the Trump administration (that narrows it down) allegedly threatened to boycott the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation’s dinner at the National Press Club if the award went to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for the administration’s focus on freeing American prisoners held around the world.
— Paul Bedard (@SecretsBedard) April 3, 2019
This is unbelievable and enraging that they would bully the Foley Family this way. Disgusting. https://t.co/RCyJkurIcx
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) April 3, 2019
That's just disgusting.
— Bama Yank (@longislanddon) April 3, 2019
Enraging yes. Unbelievable… sadly, no.
— mquinn55 (@mquinn55) April 3, 2019
Just look at who the keynote speaker is and that tells you everything you need to know.
— Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) April 3, 2019
Who, Christiane Amanpour? The CNN journalist who tried to convince James Comey that chants of “Lock her up!” were dangerous hate speech that the FBI should have “shut down”?
— Taro Tsujimoto (@RCannon74) April 3, 2019
What kind of world do we live in where rescuing people has to be politicised? Why can’t good and good deeds be recognised regardless of political affiliation and merely be celebrated for the act itself?
— Jason Keating (@jkeating72) April 3, 2019
These awards things have become meaningless lefty only parties.
— Susan (@dazzee) April 3, 2019
I want to know EXACTLY which media figures pressured this family. The country deserves to know!
— Devil Pup??? (@DevilPup74) April 3, 2019
We know who should be honored. What they do shows who they really are.
— Mary Banks (@MaryPharaoh) April 3, 2019
Please join with me in condemning that political action by @JamesFoleyFund
I believe they have sold out the values they claim to uphold. To allow their organization to be held hostage by the anti-American forces of the left is inexcusable.
They are no longer worthy of respect.
— OldStudent (@OldStudentnow) April 3, 2019
But somehow we are supposed to believe there's no media bias?
— CPG (@CPG925) April 3, 2019
On learning the 2019 Foley American Hostage Freedom Award had been rescinded, Pompeo wrote in a letter to Diane Foley, “How sad is it that base politics and hatred have been allowed to creep into even this sphere of our national activity? The safe recovery of Americans held hostage overseas should be beyond politics and must enjoy the support of all Americans. I regret the pressure of such a cynical and abominable nature was brought to bear on you and John.”
“Still, despite his disappointment, Pompeo said that “the ignoble conduct of those behind this sad deed will never diminish my commitment, of the commitment of the men and women I lead, to the safe recovery of all Americans unjustly held abroad.”#TrueHero @SecPompeo
— Baruch Sandhaus (@BaruchSandhaus) April 3, 2019
While awards are nice, Trump and Pompeo are more interested in results.
— @72ps (@72ps) April 3, 2019
CONFIRMED: Mike Pompeo is wheels up from North Korea with the 3 hostages https://t.co/5MzHyR5DsB
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 9, 2018