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White House correspondents' dinner breaks decades tradition by not having a comedian

Author Ron Chernow, seen here in September 201 7, will be heading for next year's White House correspondent dinner. (Michael…

Author Ron Chernow, seen here in September 201

7, will be heading for next year’s White House correspondent dinner. (Michael Rubenstein for Washington Post)

Say goodbye to the joke that has been the subject of the white house correspondent’s dinner for decades: The White House Correspondents Association announced Monday that cinema Ron Chernow will be the speaker of the annual black-tie event in the spring.

Having a serious speaker – Chernow is an appreciated historian who has crowned the life of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Ulysses S. Grant, among others – is a great break from the tradition of having a stand-up comedian entertaining the ballroom of journalists, members of congress and administration types.

“I’m glad that Ron will share his lively and deeply studied perspective on American politics and history by 2019 White House Correspondents” Dinner, “WHCA President Olivier Knox, the premier Washington correspondent for SiriusXM, said in a press release. “When we celebrate the importance of a free and independent news media for the Republic’s health, I look forward to hearing Ron put this unusual moment in connection with American history.”

The programming switch followed the controversy over last year’s comedian Michelle Wolf, who landed polarizing punchlines about White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who attended the dinner and sat at the headboard instead of her boss. “She burns the facts and then uses the ashes to create a perfect smoky eye,” said Wolf to President Trumps spokesman, whom she liked “Uncle Tom, but for white women who disappoint other white women.”

The so-called comedians “bombed”, “Tweeted Trump” who had skipped dinner for the second time in their presidency.

Following the message Monday, Wolf responded that the correspondent association “is cowards.” And I could not be challenging. “

Chernow’s material is likely to be significantly smaller than Wolfs.” The Federal White House has asked me to do the case for the first time The amendment and I am glad to force, “Chernow said in the press release.” Press freedom is always a topical subject, and it seems like the perfect moment to go back to the basics. “

But he promised to conduct his performance at the event, which will take place April 27th at le be a little entertaining. “While I’ve never missed a stand-up comedian, I promise that my story lesson will not be dry,” he said.

Since the early 1980s, dinner has perceived a stand-up action by a celebrity comedian who makes joke aimed at both the president and the news media, and the president turns on the microphone to deliver a hunting task. (The two exceptions were 1999 and 2003 when Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles performed respectively.) But this set-up has become wonderful in recent years by Trumps boycott, which means that half of jokes land on a goal that is not to be as good as he gets. Even the dinner has been investigated for its transformation into a celebrity-laden spectacle where sources and reporters who cover them seem to be cozy for a formal dress. And in the Trump years it has lost a part of its shine, as the president and Hollywood types have stayed.

But comes a WHCD with fewer laughs – and a greater focus on the first amendment and the association’s scholarships that dinner money – was fun? “Frankly, people do not want to put on a tux and come out on a Saturday night to become preferred,” told Frank Sesno, a former CNN correspondent, now head of the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, before us first dinner during the Trump administration.

But this year’s decision may have come to a bottom: after 2018, several news organizations who are members of the WHCA threatened to withdraw financial support unless the board eliminated comedian performance.

Clarification: A previous version of a title on this post said that Ron Chernow’s host game was the first time a comedian had not performed at the White House correspondent’s dinner for decades. In fact, it’s a decades long tradition with two exceptions: Aretha Franklin 1999 and Ray Charles 2003. The article has been updated.

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