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White House Correspondents’ Association:
“It is our job to report the facts and to hold leaders accountable,” said the association’s president, Jeff Mason, in his opening comments at the annual event. “That is who we are. We are not fake news…We are not failing news organizations. And we are not the enemy of the American people.”
Guest speaker Hasan Minhaj from Comedy Central nailed it: “Even the president is not beyond the reach of the First Amendment. But the president did not show up. Because Donald Trump does not care about free speech. The man who tweets everything that enters his head refuses to acknowledge the amendment that allows him to do it…I am proud that all of us are here tonight to defend that right, even if the man in the White House never would.”
Carl Bernstein, who exposed the Watergate scandal that led to Nixon’s resignation, also spoke at the event.
“Follow the money, but follow also the lies,” Bernstein said to the journalists at the event.
Trump was too chicken to attend the event:
Trump, called the “liar-in-chief” by Minhaj at the correspondents’ dinner, has lied 469 times in his first 100 days as president, The Washington Post reports. Trump is on a pace to tell more than 6,000 lies in his four years as president, if he lasts that long without being impeached:
Trump claimed success in his first 100 days as president and bashed the news media with bizarre comments:
Trump told a journalist that he thought being president would be “easier”:
Trump says he wants more power to force approval of his agenda and prevent judicial or legislative oversight:
Trump also wants to weaken journalism’s scrutiny of his administration. He threatened, again, to change libel laws:
Trump cozies up to brutal dictators:
Trump says he would be “honored” to met with North Korea’s petulant dictator Kim Jong-un:
Trump’s administration has had ties to Nazi groups: