Mainstream media wasn’t going to do it so Michelle Wolf did it for them. In twenty minutes she told the truth about the Democrats, Republicans, Trump and his sycophants and the “Fourth Estate’s” ( MSM) complicity in the foolishness and meanness that is the present administration.
The White House Correspondents Dinner and its official rejection of Michelle Wolf’s very biting comedy and commentary on the US political apparatus, the present administration and its minions, actually exposes the press for the real role it plays: panderers to power. Instead of “comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable,” they in their rejection of Wolf rushed to comfort the “afflicters.”
Wolf should have been applauded for calling it as it really is; instead she has been attacked notably by, both the liberal/moderate and conservative wings of the corporate media. The so called liberal media including The New York Times Maggie Haberman, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell were just as offended as the FOX crew and Sean Hannity.
Ironically, she has been attacked for being vulgar, mean-spirited, inappropriate and vicious, while this administration has basically been given a pass for actually demonstrating such behavior. Proving that they are not the guardians of the truth (as they would have us believe) but rather defenders of things as they are, which is why they call it a “unity builder.”
There is a reason the press is called the Fourth Estate.
White House Correspondents’ Association President and Bloomberg journalist Margaret Talev said of Wolf’s routine, “My only regret is that to some extent, those 15 minutes are now defining four hours of what was a really wonderful, unifying night. And I don’t want the cause of unity to be undercut.”
Unity? What are they unifying around? Aren’t they supposed to have an adversarial relationship? Isn’t the press supposed to be neutral?
The Correspondents Dinner supposedly celebrates the first Amendment. Ironically, Wolf was taking advantage of the first Amendment and free speech.
I suspect what the MSM is really upset about is the remarks she made about them.
“I think what no one in this room wants to admit is that Trump has helped all of you. He couldn’t sell steaks, or vodka, or water, or college, or ties. or Eric. But he has helped you. He’s helped you sell your papers and your books and your TV. You helped create this monster and now you’re profiting off of him.” Exactly!
She nailed Congress saying, “she has no agenda and is not trying to get anything accomplished so they [Congress] should feel right at home.” Of course that is not entirely true they do have an agenda and are trying to accomplish something it’s just not to the benefit of everyday people.
“Democrats are harder to make fun of because you guys don’t do anything,” Wolf pointedly joked.
And she was right, there is nothing funny or amusing about the fact that Democrats have nothing to offer and no program, no real platform besides, ‘we are not the other guys.’
And it took a comedian to tell the truth about Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway, both notorious liars.
The outrage over Sarah Huckabee Sanders being called ugly is misguided. In fact in a tweet she pointed out that her shots at Sanders were “about her despicable behavior.” And few people were owed a comeuppance more than the smug self-assured, haughty Sanders, who talks down to people on a regular basis, while defending the White House and disseminating its misinformation.
By comparing her to Aunt Lydia from the “Handmaids Tale” she was not calling her ugly, but a tool who is used by the Trump and his cronies the same way Gilead uses Aunt Lydia to keep the handmaidens confused, complaint and in line.
And Sanders is a female Uncle Tom and Aunt Jemima, as she pitches the most backward ideas about women, from one of the more misogynistic males ever to grace the White House.
And her take on Kellyanne Conway was right on the mark. The MSM has allowed her to get away with saying the craziest things and tell the most blatant lies. Wolf said about Conway, “She has the perfect last name for what she does, Conway … You guys have got to stop putting Kellyanne on your shows. All she does is lie. If you don’t give her a platform, she has nowhere to lie.”
And she is right, why does the Big Business press give this woman a platform?
Truth is that was not her worst shot at Conway, she said about Conway on the Daily Show once, “When she’s done talking, I don’t know if my mouth is my ass or my ass is my mouth.”
Her most insightful line may have been her last one. “Flint still doesn’t have clean water!,” she noted. Yes Flint still doesn’t have clean water, and their struggle has been abandoned by the press, the politicians and the White House.
Ditto the tweet aimed at the Trump administration that said, “I am glad Michelle Wolf hurt your feelings because my feelings are hurt everyday by a lying racist administration.”
Justice then peace