When President Trump informed the media via Twitter that he would not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, he became the first Commander in Chief not to do so in 36 years. This followed on the heels of Mr. Trump saying that the media was the enemy of the American people.
But as the book of Ecclesiastes reminds us, there’s nothing new under the sun. Who was the last president to ditch the Correspondents’ Dinner? That would be Democrat Jimmy Carter, who did not go to the event twice in his four years in the White House.
Nixon excused himself from the festivities too … twice, and called the press the enemy.
The press thinks they are entitled to access to the POTUS. The President thinks that access should mean more favorable coverage.
But it would certainly help if both sides worked toward giving the American people what they deserve: more reliable and more balanced news.