This year, the man who planned [the Osama Bin Laden] mission, Vice Adm. William McRaven, was virtually ignored at table No. 46, his medals mounted on his tuxedo jacket, as Kardashian, Lohan and George Clooney were mobbed across the room.
I think this sums things up.
Does the White House press corps, and all the other journalists that descend upon DC for the dinner, lose credibility with the American public during these events?
Last year, according to Suffolk University, and posted by Media Post’s TV Newser:
Mostly, the questions were about the candidates for president. But the last two questions, 58 and 59, had to do with the media, including this question:
What political reporter would you say that you trust the most?
Of the 1,070 respondents, the majority, 21% said “Don’t Know.” The next highest percentage at 15% was “None.” So according to this poll, “Don’t Know” and “None” are the most trusted U.S. political reporters.
And in a September 2009 Pew study,
Just 29% of Americans say that news organizations generally get the facts straight, while 63% say that news stories are often inaccurate.
Should the WHPC and other journalists pay attention to these polls? I get that journos want to have fun with their political sources and rub elbows with celebrities. But I can also see how the American public distrusts the media when it talks out of both sides of its collective mouths. It reminds me of this little quote from a recent baseball scout:
Another scout/ex-player I spoke with said, “It’s just human nature. As competitive as we all are, it’s impossible to go all out against someone if you know them and like them.
“You think you can, but is part of you holding back? That’s what those of us who grew up in a different era wonder. I don’t think you ever saw Bob Gibson speak to his teammates, let alone the opposition, before he pitched.
“Now guys are hugging and laughing. It’s really changed.’’
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