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"The press reporting on the press is indicative of the very problem with the press"

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., April 27, 2013. First Lady Michelle Obama attended the dinner with the President. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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!

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Video- Conan O'Brien full remarks at 2013 White House Correspondents' Dinner (C-SPAN)

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Video- Best of President Obama at White House Correspondents Dinner 2013

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LIVE VIDEO FEED: Pres. Obama Speaks at White House Correspondents’ #NerdProm Dinner 10:15 pm EDT

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Video- Conan O'Brien to entertain White House Correspondents Dinner

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I was trying to find some of the more political stuff from the last time O'Brien spoke at the WHCA Dinner (President Clinton, 1995) but this is all I could find.
Haven't watched him in a bit, but he did seem to be getting a little more biting in his old age.

Washington (CNN) - It's the biggest dinner inside the Beltway, and one of the biggest questions surrounding the annual White House Correspondents Dinner is which entertainer will headline the event.

The answer for this year's dinner, which will take place on April 27, is Conan O'Brien, host of the late night talk show "Conan" on TBS. White House Correspondents Association president Ed Henry announced the news Wednesday morning.

"Conan is one of television's most innovative and influential talents and I am absolutely thrilled that he has agreed to be this year's featured act," said Henry in a statement. "As social media has changed all aspects of the media business, Conan has embraced this shifting landscape to become a creative force both online as well as in the traditional television model."

Henry also hinted in a tweet that "Team Coco" partner in comedy Andy Richter may also have a role at the dinner, which is customarily attended by the president, first lady, Washington reporters, writers and producers, and increasingly, Hollywood stars. The annual speech by the comedian is traditionally preceded by comments from the president, in which he pokes fun at himself as well as top politicians.

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VIDEO: Watch Rachel Maddow in action, tending bar at the MSNBC NerdProm party

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Rachel Maddow said she wasn't going to NerdProm (aka the White House Correspondents Dinner), but boy howdy, did she tend bar at the MSNBC party! What a hoot!

Hey, I wonder if David Gregory ordered a drink and then followed up by having anoth--- nah. Not his style.

Mediaite really came through with this one, specifically Tommy Christopher. Read the details over there, but here's a quick excerpt:

In this exclusive video, though, she appears to be making a pair of fancy martinis. She tends bar the way I imagine an assassin in a Quentin Tarantino movie would: cool, meticulous, and a little bit quirky. At the end of this clip, you can also catch a glimpse of ... Meghan McCain...

I so wish I'd been there just to down a drink or three personally concocted by Mixologist-slash-Author Rachel the WonderBrain.

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Video- Jimmy Kimmel’s 10 Best White House Correspondents’ Dinner Jokes

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I went from meh to "I'm sure there are other things I should be doing". PBO was hard to top. Via.

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