Michelle Wolf, the White House Correspondents Association, Sarah Huckabee Sanders: The real beef
What the WHCA is actually mad about is how Wolf exposed it for the fraud that it is.
We’re talking about a group of reporters whose jobs give them working space in literally the seat of world power.
One thing you don’t do when given such access, to borrow from the old phrase, is you don’t shit where you eat.
So what if Sanders routinely lies at the daily White House press briefing, and heaps on righteous indignation about even having to answer most questions on top of it?
Those work spaces are sacred, man.
Enter Wolf, hired by the WHCA to provide the evening’s entertainment.
Her line about Sanders burning facts to make the perfect smokey eye, a popular and hard-to-achieve eye makeup look, was expert, and just because the idiot circus on the right has been making it a jab at Sanders’ appearance doesn’t make it so.
The line about Wolf being star-struck over meeting Sanders because she loves Sanders as “Aunt Lydia” in “A Handmaid’s Tale” is top-shelf political humor. Get it? Lydia is the leader of a class of women assigned to brainwash the handmaids into accepting their fate as being mere birth vessels; Sanders, you know, lies on behalf of an administration that has as its top aim to brainwash us all into being tools of the Trump machine.
The other line eliciting critical commentary, casting Sanders as a softball coach, is pointed not at Sanders but at CNN reporter Jim Acosta, Sanders’ frequent whipping boy at the daily press briefing.
But, White House reporters being White House reporters, they’re not going to let the facts get in the way of a good narrative.
They have to go back to the White House today, see, to lob more softball questions at Sanders, and get yelled at by her for daring to ask them, all for the dramatic effect of being seen on TV having pretended to hold the administration’s feet to the fire.
What would happen if Sanders just up and cut them off at the pass? President Trump has been saying since he was Candidate Trump that he’s wanted to get rid of the daily briefings, and for that matter, we don’t really need a free and independent news media anymore, fake news and all that.
Ergo, the outrage.
Third-rate New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman took to the Twitter to opine that how Sanders “sat and absorbed criticism of her physical appearance, her job performance, and so forth, instead of walking out, on national television, was impressive.”
“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski, fresh from bleeding badly from a facelift, offered via tweet that “(w)atching a wife and mother be humiliated on national television for her looks is deplorable. I have experienced insults about my appearance from the president. All women have a duty to unite when these attacks happen and the WHCA owes Sarah an apology.”
Which, of course, you knew was coming, because, again, access.
— WHCA (@whca) April 30, 2018
I told y’all all of this stuff to get to the real reason the gilded elite reporters are so upset. It was this sick burn from Wolf directed not at Sanders, not at Trump, but squarely at the ink-stained wretches.
“You guys are obsessed with Trump. Did you used to date him? Because you pretend like you hate him, but I think you love him. I think what no one in this room wants to admit is that Trump has helped all of you. He couldn’t sell steaks or vodka or water or college or ties or Eric. But he has helped you. He’s helped you sell your papers and your books and your TV. You helped create this monster, and now you’re profiting off of him. And if you’re going to profit off of Trump, you should at least give him some money, because he doesn’t have any.”
Please disperse, right? Nothing to see here.
Back to your regularly scheduled televised press briefing from which we once again learn nothing of substance, already in progress.
Column by Chris Graham