Opinion: Trevor Noah’s jokes hit the house 2022-05-01 15:47:39


Stephen Portnoy, president of the association, reminded guests that Donald Trump is believed to have launched his career in the White House after experiencing an aberration. At dinner in 2011. He then asked the guests at the table where the former president sat that year to vow only to laugh.
The annual dinner—the pinnacle of Washington’s social calendar—was also notable for what didn’t happen: Unlike this year’s Oscars, no one was so offended by the jokes from the headlines that they got out of their seats and hit him.
Comedian Trevor Noah has expressed his fear unforgettable, but a joke about Trump White House adviser Kellyanne Conway may provoke her husband to take the stage to thank him. (George Conway, a prominent city attorney, is notorious for his brutal and overt reputation He criticizes his ex-wife’s boss.)
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During his four years in office, Trump is ruthless attack the pressRefused to attend the annual party in which The Fourth Estate in America is suited to its eminent personalities He celebrates his accomplishments. For two years, the event was canceled due to the pandemic, bringing the Washington tradition to a halt for nearly a century.
Saturday Dinner restart Help restore a sense of civilization and normalcy in the US capital – even as the specter of Covid-19 continues to loom.
This event was held in the wake of April 2 Gridiron Club Dinner, Many of the attendees tested positive for the Corona virus after that. Noah joked that the sumptuous dinner on Saturday night was “the most memorable event in the nation.”

Those in attendance at a packed auditorium of more than 2,000 Washington journalists, celebrities, politicians and insiders hoped on Saturday they would not repeat that disaster.

The return of the dinner re-emphasized the important fact that we now have a president who respects the press and could be in some heat. (President Joe Biden even assured Noah that he would not go to prison for roasting him.)

But it wasn’t all cute banter. in his speech, Biden admitted That dinner was being held with “tremendously increasing disinformation, where the truth is buried with lies and the lies live as the truth.”
What the president was achieving is what social media has done to the country. Americans used to get their news from the traditional media. Now about half at least occasionally get their news from social networks, according to A 2021 Pew Research Center Survey. And as we all know, Wrong information spread on social media.
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While only Europe Announcing a new law To combat misinformation, federal lawmakers in the US – the birthplace of social media – have taken no action. In fact, Congress has just passed two federal laws Regulating the technology industry over the past 25 years. You must start working. As I said before, one reasonable way to combat the problem would be by Social networks fined The potentially fatal misinformation that spreads rapidly.
Noah also hit the nail when he joked that print reporters felt others in the industry were bragging about having homes when they worked from home during the pandemic. This is because a lot of files advertising earnings That used to be used to support journalism now goes to tech companies like Facebook and Google that don’t pay media companies when they link to their content.
This needs to change. Australia became the number one Demanding tech companies pay media outlets to host their content is already having a huge impact, as it helps generate new job reports on underserved areas of the country. It is time for the United States to follow suit. But none of this was discussed on Saturday night.
It was also unfortunate that the exclusive founding event was not more extensive. No serious recognition was given to members of the profession or other Americans who could not attend internal events with thousands of people. Attendees were asked to be vaccinated, boosted and tested negative for coronavirus on Saturday before attending. But that didn’t eliminate all the risks and that’s why the president’s chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci did not go.
It was nice to see a serious acknowledgment of so many people whose personal circumstances put them at greater risk of returning to a “normal life”. CNN political reporter Cassie Hunt pointed She shows on her CNN+ that “everyone else may have moved on, but people with young children haven’t.” That’s because Covid-19 vaccines are not available to children under five (my vaccine included).
The ceremony recognized the heroism of people in the profession, including the journalist Austin Tice, who was arrested while reporting in Syria a decade ago, and industry members who lost their lives in Ukraine. and celebrated the first two women of color to serve as a White House correspondent, Alice Dunegan and Ethel Payne.
But when announcing a new award in her honor, “CBS Mornings” host Gayle King referred to the audience as “ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls” — even the language Disney doesn’t use it anymore. There is an opportunity to be more inclusive of people who do not adhere to traditional gender roles in the coming year.

The generally pleasant dinner was an important step forward for the country in reasserting respect for the press, although it remains to be seen whether it also proves to be a setback if attendees contract Covid-19 en masse. If they don’t, next year’s event may give us even more praise and laughter.