Please welcome guest blogger Cathi Peyton Erman to TPC. She’s one of my favorite Twitter, Facebook, and Sulia pals, is a lifelong Baptist Christian who is Pro-Life, Pro-Gun and Pro-Death penalty. She is also president of the Tea Party Patriots Intelligence Brigade. Her political idol is George W. Bush and her religious idol is Rev. Pat Robertson. She proudly receives her information from Fox’s News and also follows Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.
But oddly, per her Sulia page, she’s a “Progressive, liberal Socialist Democrat who tries to find some humor in the brain numbing Republican party.” Go figure.
She’ll contribute posts whenever she can while Paddy is recovering from surgery on her broken arm.
Here’s her take on the White House Correspondents’ Dinner:
Am I the only person to have ambivalent feelings about the White House Correspondents Association dinner, aka #nerdprom?
I have wondered for a long time now about how this dinner has changed through the years. We no longer have very many true “journalists”. “Infotainment News” has all but replaced hard-hitting news.
I don’t really blame the writers and journalists that much, because it seems our “news” is now a cross between flashy, attention grabbing three-minute segments and a reality show about the Kardashians. The faster, more lurid scandals of the moment have replaced in depth journalism of the old days.
Also, it always struck me as odd that Hollywood celebrities attending the dinner are there at all. I mean, really. The press coverage that the dinner receives is pretty much all about the glitter – celebrities, red carpet and comedy routines. Am I the only one who finds that the press reporting on the press is indicative of the very problem with the press?
Then it dawned on me. Corporate sponsors! They own the news! I could go into a rant about that, but Charles P. Pierce wrote the perfect blog about all of this mixed bag of questions that have perplexed me. Now HE’S a writer!