If you were wondering if there was perhaps a thaw in the offing in the frozen-solid relationship between Donald Trump and the mainstream media, you can wonder no more.
In fact, not only is there no chance that relations will improve anytime soon, it appears things are deteriorating further.
The latest: As has been widely reported by a variety of media outlets, including Fox News, President Trump announced that he will not be attending this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner, an annual event that has traditionally featured the presence of both the president and vice-president. For his part, however, Trump said he will not be going, and made the news public in a tweet on Saturday:
“I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!”
A perfectly civil message, but given the well-publicized animus that characterizes the relationship between Trump and much of the media, the decision not to attend will surely make what is an already bad relationship even worse.
Although the polite roasting of the president by a featured comedian is a traditional hallmark of the gala, and most of the attention, overall, is paid to the presence of the chief executive, WHCA president Jeff Mason said this year’s dinner will still go off without a hitch even though the current President of the United States will not be there.
“We look forward to shining a spotlight at the dinner on some of the best political journalism of the past year and recognizing the promising students who represent the next generation of our profession.”
As recently as Friday, Trump was very much on his soapbox about the media, saying to a large crowd at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference that the “fake news” put out by much of the media makes it “the enemy of the people.”
Yeah, that probably would have been an awkward dinner date.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large