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Posted Thursday 10/11/18 at 7:53PM EDT
Some White House officials are worried that Fox News is no longer fully covering President Trump's rallies
Last week, Fox News only showed clips and highlights of Trump's three rallies. Trump's rally last night wasn't shown live anywhere, not even on C-SPAN. As Politico reports, "Fox still provides livestreams of the campaign events online, but during a crucial period, with the midterms less than a month away, some in the White House are worried that the president is losing a prime-time megaphone to his base...The loss of national coverage is equally, if not more, concerning to the candidates on whose behalf Trump is traveling the country."
Posted Thursday 9/27/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Women called C-SPAN'S public hotline during Christine Blasey Ford to share their sexual assault stories
C-SPAN invited viewers to share their thoughts on Ford's testimony about Brett Kavanaugh, which prompted at least four women to phone in and share their experiences with sexual assault.
Posted Tuesday 5/01/18 at 11:02PM EDT
Michelle Wolf revealed that Washington journalists don't get political satire
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Satirists are not appearing simply for journalists' amusement," says Jeffrey Jones and Caty Borum Chattoo. "Satirists," they say, "want to impart one very specific truth: Comedy is not vulgar; politics is." Jones, the executive director of the Peabody Awards, and American University professor Chattoo have each written academic books on comedy and satire. They say the journalists complaining about Wolf's White House Correspondents' Dinner performance don't understand political satire. "Satire is a verbal assault that passes judgment on those who have violated communal norms," they explain. "And there is a function inherent in comedy that bears reminding; since Aristotle's time, and in the present day, comedy allows a way into cultural criticism that can spark conversation. That satire allows a bit of scrutiny is easy to swallow, of course, when the object of criticism is politicians, especially norm-flouting ones like President Donald Trump. But journalists don't get a free pass just because they are journalists. Washington television journalists, in particular, are participants in power, not just witnesses to it. Satirists are intent on telling Washington journalists that they exhibit a too cozy relationship to power, as Wolf pointed out by noting that not only did journalists create Trump, they still profit from him — as corporations, but also personally."
- Wolf has already topped Seth Meyers as the C-SPAN's YouTube channel's most-watched WHCD host
- The Wolf hoopla reveals all the worst tendencies of comedy controversies in Trump era
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Rachel Bloom: "I definitely think Michelle Wolf is getting more criticism because she’s a woman"
- Meet the Press' Chuck Todd: "I don’t think Michelle Wolf deserves any criticism. She was hired to do a job"
Posted Sunday 4/29/18 at 1:21AM EDT
Michelle Wolf stuns the White House Correspondents' Dinner with "X-rated takedown"
The comedian -- who warned in advance "I’m expecting it to not play well in the room" -- correctly predicted the reaction to her 19-minute roast, which led some Trump administration officials to walk out during her act. Wolf dropped F-bombs, the P-word and joked about "pulling out" in what CNN termed an "X-rated takedown" of the media, the Democrats, the Republicans and, mostly, President Trump. "Taking a beat, Wolf told a shocked ballroom the White House Correspondents Association maybe they 'should have done some research before asking me to do this,'" says Lisa de Moraes. "Wolf gave the room full of press a thrashing, as Stephen Colbert had done so many years ago in a WHCD Dinner appearance that TV news talking heads were still talking about tonight, in the walk-up to Wolf’s appearance, as if Colbert’s speech had been the one that could not be topped. They were wrong."
- CNN, MSNBC and C-SPAN failed to censor Wolf's F-bombs
- Wolf compared White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to Aunt Lydia from The Handmaid’s Tale
- Wolf's targets included Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, MSNBC, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Rachel Maddow
- Wolf delivered a "particularly, wonderfully nasty performance, courtesy of a blistering, dare-ya-to-boo set"
- Shame on Michelle Wolf for making Donald Trump look classy!
- Kathy Griffin, who was in attendance, praised Wolf: "As a female, you’ve got to work harder, you’ve got to jump higher. And she did it. She went there - fearlessly"
- Journalists reacted with outrage on Twitter: ABC News' Terry Moran called her monologue "hateful and unfunny"
- Wolf tweeted "Thank you!" to Sean Spicer after he called the dinner "a disgrace"
- Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus declared Wolf's performance "another" victory for Trump: "An R/X rated spectacle that started poorly and ended up in the bottom of the canyon"
- President Trump slammed the media for "phony" White House Correspondents' Dinner at a Michigan rally earlier Saturday
- Stephen Colbert's Our Cartoon President was at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, imagining what it would look like if Trump attended
- Watch Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti photobomb Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, live on CNN
# TOPICS: White House Correspondents’ Dinner, CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, Our Cartoon President, Kathy Griffin, Kellyanne Conway, Michael Avenatti, Michelle Wolf, Reince Priebus, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Sean Spicer, Terry Moran, Cable News, Trump Presidency
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 9:17PM EDT
Michelle Wolf designed her White House Correspondents' Dinner jokes for TV viewers, not attendees
"I’m expecting it to not play well in the room," she says of her performance Saturday before a Trump-free gathering of the White House press and their celebrity guests. She adds: "I’m not so much worried about any of the people—including Trump—that I’m telling jokes about. I’m more worried that the jokes go over well. And I’m not even talking about in the room; I’m talking about when people watch it on TV and are like, 'Oh, that’s funny.'"
- Wolf was relieved upon learning Trump wouldn't attend: “I thought, oh, thank God, I don’t have to hear him eat"
- "F*ck the White House Correspondents' Dinner": The annual "Nerd Prom" is "a detestable schmoozefest of sickeningly starstruck journalists fawning over proximity to celebrity and power"