According to Buzzfeed News, CNN might skip the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in April. MSNBC has also not decided whether to attend the event.
Vanity Fair and The New Yorker announced in January they would not be attending the dinner this year as a protest against Trump’s attacks on the press.
In recent years, CNN has covered the event extensively, with reporters on the red carpet interviewing the celebrities and media stars in attendance. CNN anchors Don Lemon, Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper, among others, were on hand for last year’s event with former President Obama.
CNN has been feuding with Donald Trump, who has repeatedly blasted the network’s coverage of his administration as “fake news.”
The dinner is traditionally attended by the president, first lady, senior administration officials, the White House press corps, and most major media outlets and publications, and is considered the biggest social event of the year for political Washington.
CNN is owned by Time Warner, as is TBS. It was announced last month that TBS’s Samantha Bee, host of “Full Frontal,” will be heading a counter-event occurring simultaneously dubbed “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.”
“We try to as much as possible raise awareness for causes we care about and this is no exception,” Bee said in a conference call following the announcement. “Obviously, the press is under attack.”
A host for this year’s correspondents’ dinner has not been announced. The role is typically filled by a comedian.
Axios is reporting that Bloomberg has canceled their WHCA dinner afterparty.
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