The annual glitzy White House Correspondents Dinner went on Saturday night, without President Trump, White House aides and even many of the marquee parties being canceled.
The night’s headliner, Hasan Minhaj of “The Daily Show” on TV’s Comedy Central, roasted Mr. Trump — and the press — during his time on stage, despite saying he had been told not to.
“We’ve got to address the elephant that’s not in the room,” he cracked. “The leader of our country is not here. And that’s because he lives in Moscow. It’s a very long flight. As for the other guy, I think he’s in Pennsylvania because he can’t take a joke.”
Bob Woodward, the legendary Washington Post reporter who broke the Watergate scandal, urged journalists to pursue truth aggressively, whether “revered” or “reviled.”
Woodward made the comments moments after President Trump, who skipped the dinner to hold a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, spent much of his own speech” and untrustworthy. Mr. Trump said he was happy to be with “much better people” than Washington press corps.
Woodward addressed Trump’s habit of calling reporters “fake news” directly, in an evening that focused on the value of the First Amendment, free speech and the freedom of the press.
“Mr. President, the media is not fake news,” Woodward said, to applause.
But Woodward suggested that no matter how the press is treated, reporters should do their jobs diligently — particularly when opinion polls show most Americans distrust the media.
“This is no time for self-satisfaction or smugness,” Woodward said, urging reporters to “not have a dog in the political fight except to find that best attainable…