Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner

Samantha Bee, host of the TBS late night show "Full Frontal" (and a former Daily Show correspondent), will host a dinner to compete with the White House Correspondent's Dinner. Love the name of it: Not The White House Correspondent's Dinner.

Why is she doing this? From the Hollywood Reporter...

Bee said she and her producer Jo Miller began thinking about an alternative to the annual dinner — known in Beltway circles as the "nerd prom" — the day after Trump's stunning Election Day upset.

Given the Trump administration’s open hostility toward the media — Trump adviser Steve Bannon, who joined the campaign after running the right-wing website Brietbart.com, has characterized the media as the "opposition party" — Bee’s dinner may be the only event in town that night.

In a conference call with reporters on Monday, Bee acknowledged the skepticism: "As to the whether the real one is going to happen? It will either get called off or it will be the most sinister, awkward thing you’ve ever seen."