Amid controversy over this year’s White House Correspondents’ dinner, the incoming president of the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA), which hosts the annual event, told the Washington Examiner that planning next year’s event is “definitely on the agenda” and has “moved up a couple rungs on my priority list.”
SiriusXM’s Olivier Knox, who will be replacing Bloomberg’s Margaret Talev at the position, said the event should “not [be] on the president, not on the comic and not on the celebrities in the audience” and instead should be “boring.”
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“I’d always planned to have a lot of conversations with [WHCA] members about a range of issues when I’m president,” Knox said. “This [Michelle Wolf’s performance] emphasizes the need for doing that. I’ve said for a long time my aspirations for the dinner is to have it be boring.”
According to the Examiner, “the WHCA represents news organizations and reporters who cover the White House. Much of its work includes advocating for greater access to each administration and providing scholarships to young journalists.”
The outlet added that the dinner “is meant to celebrate the First Amendment” and that a large portion of the association’s funding comes from ticket sales for the event. However, some journalists have said they’d like to either see a change in the way the event is presented or do away with it altogether.
Looks like Knox is opting for the former.