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Joel McHale to Host White House Correspondents Dinner

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    A who's who of the politics and entertainment world are set to descend on Washington this Saturday for the annual White House Correspondents Dinner. This years host is Joel McHale from 'Community' and 'Talk Soup' on E!. While he's not as well known as some other hosts, he is unquestionably suited for this role and should have no problem lampooning a variety of personalities attending the dinner.

    I've always been someone who has questioned the wisdom of a dinner that brings together the media and the various politicians whose feet they are supposed to hold to the fire. It worries me that the wedding of journalism and politics has made the fourth estate a partner instead of an entity that politicians fear. The rise of entertainment entities masquerading as news channels has only perpetuated this sad situation we find ourselves in.

    Is anyone planning on watching the dinner this year? What are your thoughts of the annual event? Am I over reacting or do I have a valid point about the wedding of journalist and politicians?
  • Center Left Democrat
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    jared:


    I actually LIKE to watch these things, since they are very entertaining, as a rule.

    My favorite segment occurred in 2012, when Barack Obama effectively DESTROYED Donald Trump's run for the Presidency:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8TwRmX6zs4
  • Center Left
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    I usually watch the guest speaker's speech after the fact on youtube. Still think Colbert has been the best speaker in years, possibly ever for that dinner. That guy had a lot of balls to mock Bush and company the way he did, with Bush sitting pretty much right next to him.

    As for the media dining with the enemy.. I agree. It makes me wince. It reminds me of a play, where at the very end all the "actors" stand arm in arm and bow for their performance.

    That said, I'm looking forward to Joel McHale's speech. He is a great choice.
  • Liberal
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    jaredsxtn Wrote: A who&#39;s who of the politics and entertainment world are set to descend on Washington this Saturday for the annual White House Correspondents Dinner. This years host is Joel McHale from &#39;Community&#39; and &#39;Talk Soup&#39; on E!. While he&#39;s not as well known as some other hosts, he is unquestionably suited for this role and should have no problem lampooning a variety of personalities attending the dinner.<br /> <br /> I&#39;ve always been someone who has questioned the wisdom of a dinner that brings together the media and the various politicians whose feet they are supposed to hold to the fire. It worries me that the wedding of journalism and politics has made the fourth estate a partner instead of an entity that politicians fear. The rise of entertainment entities masquerading as news channels has only perpetuated this sad situation we find ourselves in. <br /> <br /> Is anyone planning on watching the dinner this year? What are your thoughts of the annual event? Am I over reacting or do I have a valid point about the wedding of journalist and politicians?
    I agree they are all far to cozy as it is. I'm sure there will be some good ribbing on both sides and they will be certainly featured on all the media sites. That'll. be enough for me.
  • Independent
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    What will they serve? something exotic? Goat meat from Iraq? White stuff from Afghanistan? Wodka and perogy's from the Ukraine? Snake meat from Mali? Cigars from Cuba? I tore up my invitation; I'll go to a disputed discriminating management basketball game instead.
  • Center Left
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    President Obama at the 2014 White House Correspondents' Dinner (HD Complete)

    Joel McHale at the 2014 White House Correspondents' Dinner (HD Complete)

    Here are the speeches in full of Joel McHale and President Obama at the White House Correspondent's Dinner, courtesy of C-SPAN. McHale was actually very good; he's bit on Chris Christie was probably the best part. Obama did good as well. Not as good as McHale, of course. But, his ability to be self-deprecating to the appropriate degree was right on. Obama's best line: a joke at Boehner's expense about 'Orange is the New Black'. You should watch it for that line alone. It was pretty smart.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    I watched it and one of my highlights was Obama getting in his digs against Fox News:

    From PoliticusUSA: Obama Slays Fox News and the Koch Brothers With One Joke at White House Correspondents Dinner

    "Obama joked about the Olympic snowboarders, “I haven’t seen a 180 that fast since Rand Paul disinvited that Nevada rancher from this dinner. He offered that tip that things aren’t going to well when the sentence starts, “Let me tell you something about the negro.” The president said the Koch brothers bought a table at the dinner but as usual they used a shadowy right wing organization as a front, “Hello, Fox News.” Obama told Fox that will miss him when he is gone because it is going to be a lot harder to convince people that Hillary is from Kenya."

    Another good line:

    "Washington seems more dysfunctional than ever. Gridlock has gotten so bad in this town you have to wonder: What did we do to piss off Chris Christie so bad?"

    CNN want all in with coverage before and after. MSNBC covered it an hour before and for a short period afterward. Fox News didn't cover it all.