Dylan Stableford, The Cutline - "It is the single most revolting annual gathering of pseudojournalistic **** suckery in all the land," Gawker's Hamilton Nolan wrote. "The White House Correspondents' Association Dinner is a shameful display of whoredom that makes the 'average American' vomit in disgust." Nolan was not invited.
"I ask one question every year," CBS News' Mark Knoller (who was invited) wrote. "Who are all these people? Didn't see any of them covering [the president] at Ft. Stewart yesterday."
"The White House Correspondents' Dinner underlines everything that's systemically wrong with American journalism," Milo Yiannopoulos, editor of Kernal magazine, wrote. "The purpose of a free press is to hold the powerful to account. You can't do that if you're sucking up, hoping for swanky dinner invitations."
"Is the fawning, sycophantic worship service to wealth, power and celebrity over?" Politico's Ben White pondered early Sunday. "Or is there more crap today?"