White House Correspondents’ Association president Margaret Talev criticized comedian Michelle Wolf’s monologue at the annual White House Correspondents’ dinner for being against their mission of unity.
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Talev released a statement on Twitter late Sunday night in which she thanked everyone for their kind words about her speech ahead of Wolf’s monologue.
While Talev’s speech highlighted the “roots” of her “belief in journalism’s essential role,” she acknowledged some association members were concerned about how Wolf’s comments reflect on the association’s mission. She stated:
Last night’s program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people. Unfortunately, the entertainer’s monologue was not in the spirit of the mission.
Talev explained that the association continuously works to advocate for its members and “ensure coverage that benefits the public.” She added that the dinner on Saturday night was an “important opportunity to highlight and maintain our essential work.”
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“The White House Correspondents’ Association remains dedicated to that mission,” the association president concluded.
Wolf has repeatedly defended her monologue and early Monday morning posted a photo to Instagram from the dinner with the caption, “Not in the spirit of the mission.”michelleisawolf/Instagram
During her speech at the dinner, Wolf criticized White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for being a disappointment to women, said President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, is “full of s**t,” and expressed her hope that a tree would fall on counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway.
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The monologue was supported by various comedians as being comedy. However, many members of the press saw it taking comedy past the point of being funny.
Since President Trump hosted a campaign rally on the same night, some even found that the monologue, which was supposed to poke fun at real issues regarding the president, simply fueled his appeal to his fanbase, more.