Politico reported on Wednesday that the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) issued a memo to media organizations encouraging them to bring more real journalists and fewer celebrities to their annual dinner:
An important priority for us is making sure that as many of your hard-working journalists who actually cover the White House, and are members of our association, get a chance to attend the dinner. So while we continue to welcome you to bring special guests of your choice, we also strongly encourage you to invite as many of our members who work at your organization as possible.
What a novel idea. Bring a real journalist to a dinner whose purpose is to raise money for WHCA Scholarships, honor the recipients of the association’s journalism awards and provide an opportunity for the press and the President to poke some fun at each other.
Instead, it has turned into a Hollywood celebrity race with media organizations, trying to outdo each other, with journalists as an afterthought.
Despite the memo, the dinner, which will be held next April in Washington, D.C., will likely be another star-studded affair, as the media organizations are just too star-struck to care about rewarding and honoring their own journalists.