After a two-year hiatus, D.C. seizes an opportunity to reconnect at a flashy White House Correspondents’ Dinner 2022-04-29 13:27:45


In the capital, it is known simply as “Dinner”: the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents Association, which is taking place this Saturday for the first time since 2019, because the epidemic has stopped spreading in the world. It’s an excuse for five days of awards, parties, celebrity selfies and for media reporters like you really, source meetings.

Fellow media journalist Oliver Darcy attended the Bytes and Bylines event on Thursday, hosted by Irish Ambassador Daniel Mulhall, where hundreds of journalists and politicians mingled over drinks and appetizers, and here’s what he remarked: “The most common topic of conversation seemed to be how attendees hadn’t seen each other in years. “.

In other words, it’s about reconnecting to more than just networks. “Despite the contagious variant that spread through an event earlier this month, the Gridiron Club dinner, along with Vice President Kamala Harris’s positive test earlier this week, the show continues,” Deadline Ted Johnson books“Where most events require negative confirmation of testing and vaccination.”

I know black-tie in Washington takes on self-importance, and dinners always get a lot of media attention, but everyone can relate to a feeling of “reconnecting” in their lives, whether it’s at school, church, work, Walmart, or Wegmans.

Mutual Respect for the First Amendment

As for the lingering cloud of Covid-19, this year’s White House Correspondents Association President Stephen Portnoy tell me We are “optimistic that we will do what we can … to avoid spread.” I feel that some of the attendees are fickle about the shared air while others seem indifferent.

As much as A-lister scenes and stacked open bars have become defining weekend dinners, Portnoy wants to draw attention back to the original purpose of the 101-year-old event. “Presidents have been attending since 1924, with one exception,” he said, “to show mutual respect for the First Amendment, and that’s what I focus on.” His comment is a reminder that President Biden’s planned attendance is bringing back the tradition that Donald Trump happily left behind.

Portnoy said his remarks would address “the essential role that journalists play in American life in helping this country govern itself.” And there will be prizes – including, Miscellaneous notes “A new lifetime achievement award named after Alice Donigan and Ethel Payne, the first two black women in the White House press corps, who lobbied President Eisenhower on his administration’s stance on civil rights and segregation. Gail King is expected to present the award, and my families of journalists should be present…”

around the city…

Freedom Forum held its Free Expression Awards Thursday evening, curated by Jonathan Kephart, with prominent artist Jordan Kleiber. On Fridays, there are too many events to list, including gatherings hosted by NBC, Semafor, and Funny or Die, and big parties hosted by talent agencies CAA and UTA.

On Saturdays there are brunch and several pre-dinner receptions, then the main event featuring notes by Biden and a roast party by Trevor Noah, and large after-dinner parties hosted by Paramount and NBC Universal. (CNN will provide special television coverage of the dinner festivities beginning at 7 p.m. ET.)

On Sundays, there are brunches hosted by CNN and Allbrittons. Axios And Limit They put together full lists, but the result is as follows, according to party planners: Attendees have pent-up energy for at least two years.
“Ironically, strict restrictions on attendance in the name of pandemic safety increased the amount of maneuvers to reach,” he said. Politico reported.

“out of control?”

This is what a veteran reporter in Washington said anonymously Roxanne Roberts from The Washington Post About the actual dinner portion on the weekend. “It simply got too big,” the person said. “The noise level is ridiculous; the only time the roar subsides is when Potts and the artist are talking.” The reporter also pointed out another problem: “Hundreds of guests who had absolutely nothing to do with the press, not to mention the White House correspondents.”

More tables translate into more money for awards and scholarships, but the point is well taken.

in-depth reading

– Portnoy Talk to Variety On bringing in Veteran Hollywood Awards Program Producer Bob Payne to produce The Dinner Show: “Hopefully he can elevate this event to a level we’ve never seen before.”
How will Biden overcome Covid anxiety and war fears while trying to be funny in his speech on Saturday night? Kevin Liptak from CNN preview.
Roll Cole’s Nils Lisniewski went down the path of memory Find old jokes from Barack Obama and Bill Clinton “That Joe Biden Could Bring Back” at dinner.
Among the awards presented at the Saturday dinner for the first time is the University of Florida Prize Collier Prize $25,000. Miami Herald and Pro Publica Receiving the award for their “five-part series on a Florida government program that failed to help families of children who suffered catastrophic brain injuries at birth.”
— And Here are the WHCA Awards Winnersincluding journalists from AP, AFP, ABC News and Axios.