I was invited to attend Saturday night's White House Correspondents' Assn. dinner at what some D.C. locals jocularly refer to as the "Hinkley Hilton", the hotel in front of which John Hinkley attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan. My hosts were a local Washington columnist and a well-known investigative journalist. You probably already know some of the other attendees: this was no doubt to be the only evening in my life when I occupied the same room at the same time as Condi Rice, Paul Wolfowitz, and Sanjaya.Howie P.S.: If I could, I would implement this suggestion from one of the commenters on this post: "Harry, why didn't they invite you to PERFORM at the White House Correspondents Association dinner? You have done impersonations of politicians and media figures on Le Show that have made me fall on the floor laughing. Your witticisms and conceptual humor would actually make the dinner WORTH ATTENDING. I'd enjoy watching it on YouTube the next day."
Finally, although most of the attendees seem to have "moved on" sufficiently to not even utter the name "Don Imus" at the event, someone at my table pronounced himself sad at Imus' fall, and his presumed inability to get another gig now. I thought, well, he could kick the sick kids out of the ranch and have a pretty nice retirement home, but a friend of mine the following morning made a far more pertinent point: Since Imus was hired as a shock jock, his contract probably foresaw a situation where he might "go over the line", without violating FCC regulations or imperiling his home station's license. So, she concluded, in the same way that his "suspension" started out to be a paid vacation before CBS relented and announced it was unpaid, is his firing a paid leave of absence? Is Don Imus now being paid by CBS and MSNBC to not insult people?
Monday, April 23, 2007
"A Visit Inside the Bubble"