From the sounds of it, last night's Radio and Television Correspondents' Association dinner was somewhat...surreal — particularly for those who perceive the relationship between the administration and the press to be prickly and adversarial. Instead, it was a chummy talent show featuring a mixture of media and political bigwigs joining together to rap, dance, and burp the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Oh, and to laugh at President Bush's punchlines about the whole U.S. Attorney fiasco. Hilarious!
After last year's White House Correspondent's dinner, made somewhat adversarial by Stephen Colbert's close-to-home speech, there were some calls for the event to be abolished based on a sense that such chummy relations were at cross-purposes with the press' role of holding its government at arm's length (we're going to use the Katie Couric formulation of "some" here). Suffice it to say that last night's event was not a step in that direction.
The LAT's Matea Gold called it "rollicking" and described the following events: