Our stupid, lazy, well-paid, and insured press
Froomkin -- who I don't read nearly as often as I should, since chinless wonder Fred Hiatt buried the link to his columns -- is dispiriting but brilliant:
Party of the Damned
The last White House Correspondents' Association dinner of the Bush era -- the ultimate celebration of chumminess between the most powerful people in the world and those who are supposed to hold them accountable -- was a dispiriting, mostly humorless affair.
In the audience at the dinner and at its endless pre- and post-parties, a fin-de-siecle degeneracy was on full display. Throngs surrounded aging professional floozy Pamela Anderson, a guest of Bloomberg, who happily posed for countless photos in a dress that exposed the preponderance of her two most outstanding achievements. Key members of the White House's torture-management team-- Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state Colin Powell -- along with leading torture apologists -- Attorney General Michael Mukasey, CIA Director Michael Hayden, former White House spokesman Tony Snow and current spokeswoman Dana Perino -- were fawned over as honored guests.
At the end of his speech, the man who waged war against the press received a standing ovation from the conquered.
Plus linky goodness:
Watch it yourself if you dare. Here is video of the red carpet arrivals and the entire dinner. Here is the Bush performance and the Ferguson performance. Here is footage of the swampy hell that was the Bloomberg after-party.
Somebody with more video chops than I have should see if they can find any examples of our famously free press behaving badly. Then we could try to make the clip go viral....