Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Going Too Far: Michelle Wolf & Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Part One

The president of the White House Correspondents’ Association released a statement criticizing dinner headliner Michelle Wolf that has some journalists wondering whether the group actually backs its own press-freedom mission.

Michelle Wolf, a comedian and contributor to Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” performed at Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ dinner. This is a signature event of the social calendar for the White House Correspondents’ Association to celebrate journalism, the First Amendment and to have a little fun. The dinner includes a set from a person in the field of comedy who pokes a little fun at the assembled journalists as well as the politicians they cover, including the  President.

For two years running, Li’l Donnie Trump has declined to attend. Trump has declared open war on the journalists who cover Washington, especially his White House, constantly deriding the press for concocting fake news, for being deliberately dishonest and being enemies of the American way of life. The degree of outright hostility that Trump has displayed towards the press plays wonderfully with his base. Anything negative or bad reported about anything associated with Trump is instantly dismissed as the work of Trump’s enemies and should not be believed.

The press and the President are not always on the same page. Whoever is the President is going to see stories they do not like and find themselves in an adversarial relationship with the press in some way or form. But no one who has held the office of President has ever made such a broad based blanket assessment of journalism as the purview of liars and enemies of the state like Donald Trump.

Yet no one has been so pervasive and unceasing in their total disregard for the truth than Li’l Donnie Trump and his sniveling coward sycophants who are complicit in his lies. 

So is it any wonder that the torrent of hostility that Trump heaps upon the press might be turned back upon him and his enablers? 

So that being said, did Michelle Wolf go too far?

I’ve listened to Michelle’s set and you can too if you click here. Let me just say, I didn’t care for it. It just wasn’t funny to me.

There’s a saying in comedy, “It funny because it’s true”.  But being true doesn’t make it funny. Just telling us that Trump lies and Sarah Sanders lies is not in and of itself funny. Yes, anyone with a functioning brain knows Trump lies and Sarah Sanders lies. How do you make that funny? Just saying it out loud in front of the White House Correspondents’ Association with Sarah Sanders sitting close enough to hit with a stale dinner role is just being provocative, outrageous for the sake of being outrageous but it doesn’t make it funny.  

To quote Mark Eavnier, there were “too many lines that were mean without being amusing.  When I start feeling someone's being nasty to Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, something is wrong.” 

Margaret Talev, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association had this to say: “Last night’s program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people. Unfortunately, the entertainer’s monologue was not in the spirit of that mission.”

NBC News White House correspondent Kelly O'Donnell noted this: “The spirit of the event had always been jokes that singe but don’t burn. Reporters who work with her (Sarah Sanders) daily appreciate that she was there.” 

Great, Michelle. You have reporters taking up for a woman who lies to them on a daily basis.  

There was one joke that people took Michelle Wolf to task for making fun of Sarah Sanders’ appearance. 

“I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful. She burns facts, and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smokey eye. Like maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.”

You see, the target of the “joke” is not Sarah Sanders’ “smoky eye make-up” (which Michelle actually compliments) but her frequent tendency to lie.

Sorry, Michelle Wolf, being true doesn’t make it funny.

But there's no denying it is true.  


Part Two

So what did the Coward In Chief have to say about the event he has hid from for two years.

"The White House Correspondents’ Dinner was a failure last year, but this year was an embarrassment to everyone associated with it. The filthy “comedian” totally bombed (couldn’t even deliver her lines-much like the Seth Meyers weak performance). Put Dinner to rest, or start over!"

OK, why the shout out to Seth Meyers? It should be noted that Seth Meyers was the guest speaker at the White House Correspondents’ dinner. In 2011. So why is Li’l Donnie using Seth’s performance as a benchmark for suckiness?

Because of this joke.

"Donald Trump has been saying he will run for president as a Republican, which is surprising, since I just assumed he was running as a joke."

Apparently that hurt Li’l Donnie’s feelings and it was then and there that he decided he would one day run for President. 

So…. Thanks, Seth Meyers.  

Oh and here's Seth's reply to Trump's tweet.

You remembered!!! Happy Anniversary, Boo https://t.co/CywS8bxz8b
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) April 30, 2018


Part Three

“Every time Sarah steps up to the podium. I get excited because I’m not really sure what we’re going to get — you know, a press briefing, a bunch of lies, or divided into softball teams.”  Michelle Wolf

“The WHCD was supposed to celebrate the 1st Amendment. Instead they celebrated bullying, vulgarity, and hate.” Mike Huckabee

Well, it’s nice to see Mike Huckabee come to the defense of his daughter. Apparently, Mike’s OK with bullying, vulgarity, and hate as long as Trump’s doing it but somebody say something mean about Sarah, all of a sudden he’s worried about bullying, vulgarity, and hate. 

Before I wrap up this particular post, let’s take a look at a particular irksome statement by Sarah Huckabee Sanders standing behind the White House press corps podium. 

Sarah Sanders supports the position that every single one of the many women who have accused Trump of sexual harassment or assault is a liar, that “the official White House position that all of these women are lying. Yeah, we have been clear on that from the beginning, and the president has spoken on it.”

And here is Sanders’ reasoning for why this statement is true.   

“The people of this country, at a decisive election, supported President Trump, and we feel like these allegations have been answered through that process. The American people knew this and voted for the president, and we feel like we’re ready to move forward in that process.”  

Wrap your head around that if you can. Any accusations against Trump are irrelevant because people knew about this but voted for him anyway. It didn’t matter to the people who voted for him so it doesn’t matter now.

Think about that a moment.

Take your time.

No, that doesn’t make sense to me, either. How does Trump being elected President invalidate Trump’s accusers? 

Hey, Bill Clinton’s rep was well known back in the 1990s, including accusations of sexual misconduct. He was elected president twice. Couldn’t one say those allegations have been answered through that process? If so, why did Trump invite these accusers as guests to one of his debates with Hillary Clinton back in 2016 if one could argue that those allegations were answered through that process?  

By the way. Sarah Sanders shoveled out a similar load of bullshit about Roy Moore when he was running for the Alabama Senate seat after he was accused of sexual misconduct with women when they were teenagers. Trump was supporting and defending Moore in the run up to the election. 

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, woman and alleged Christian person, will put loyalty to Trump ahead of everything else.  

If Michelle Wolf has gone too far, so too has Sarah Huckabee Sanders.   

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