White House Press Corps Doesn’t Realize It’s The Joke

US President Joe Biden laughs during the White House Correspondents' Association dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC, April 29, 2023.
(Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

The White House Correspondents’ Association held its annual dinner Saturday night, an event meant to celebrate the First Amendment and raise money for journalism scholarships. Unfortunately for the press corps, its members didn’t realize President Joe Biden was laughing at the media — not with it — throughout the evening.

“In a lot of ways, this dinner sums up my first two years in office. I’ll talk for 10 minutes, take zero questions, and cheerfully walk away,” Biden said during his speech.

The president typically makes a number of wisecracks meant in good fun, but that one was a clear mockery of the so-called reporters who cover the president.

How did the 2,600 or so in attendance react? They all chuckled along, clapping like seals, unaware that they were the butt of the joke.

Don’t take my word for it. Listen to senior CNN commentator and former Bush staffer Scott Jennings explain to his colleagues why they should be embarrassed.

“On Biden, the line that will stick with me is, ‘in a lot of ways, this dinner sums up my first two years in office, I’ll talk for 10 minutes, take zero questions, and cheerfully walk away,’” Jennings said on CNN Sunday morning.  “For the journalists in the room, he wasn’t laughing with you, he was laughing at you.”

“The guy does not take questions, he’s up there joking about it,” Jennings added. “I’m pro-reporter, and I think the President of the United States ought to have to talk to these reporters and not mock them.”

Indeed, think of all the alleged scandals that the White House press pool either ignores or covers late into the game: Hunter Biden’s laptop, Russiagate, the real status of the war in Ukraine, Biden’s classified documents, the Biden family making money off the family name and political access,  the weaponization of the Department of Justice and so many more.


There was barely a mention of any of that on Saturday night, except for the emcee who actually made fun of the lapdog media for its double standard over former President Donald Trump’s handling of classified documents versus Biden’s.

“As soon as the Trump document story broke, everybody was down at Mar-a-Lago reporting live…And then we found out Joe Biden had documents, too, and it was like ‘it’s not a big deal,” Roy Wood, Jr. said, again making fun of the inadequate state of journalism.

The crowd chortled again. Why? Because it’s true. They know that journalists, by and large, have a double standard.

That’s what makes Biden’s disrespect for the press so incredulous. He has to face friendly journalists, and he still avoids them. Imagine if America had an actual media complex that held the president accountable.

We don’t. Biden knows that, and he laughs right in their faces about it.

The views expressed in this piece are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Wire.

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