One blogger writes, "Why is Hollywood
invited to the White House Correspondents Dinner? What was
Lindsey Lohan doing there? I wasn’t aware she had been
allowed off house arrest. It is both sickening and disgusting
that our elected officials (on both sides of the aisle)
fraternize with Hollywood, who pick their pockets for special
Hollywood has billions of dollars -- they should spend their own
money. If they were politicians it would be called pork
barrel spending, and it looked alive and well at the
Correspondents Dinner. When did actors become important
This Correspondents Dinner was everything I loath about the
people who reside inside the beltway. It was excessive, immature,
elitist, and down right mean. And guess what...all of our children
get to pay for the elite, lavish, and elegant affair. What is very
clear is that The White House Correspondents' Dinner was nothing
more than a party for the top 1%." - by J.T. Walters, April
Personally, I could care less about the Hollywood celebrities,
but I do wonder about elected politicians and the media
rubbing elbows together like that --- especially since the Fourth
Estate is supposed to be guarding the hen house.
The White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA)
was founded in 1914 by journalists in response to an unfounded rumor
that a Congressional committee would select which journalists could
attend press conferences. (Official website)
The WHCA's annual dinner, begun in 1920, has become a Washington,
D.C. tradition and is usually attended by the President and Vice
President and held on the evening of the last Saturday in April at
the Washington Hilton.
The press corps, in turn, hobnobs with administration officials,
even those who are unpopular and are not regularly cooperative with
the press. Increasing scrutiny by bloggers has contributed to added
public focus on this friendliness.
In recent years, the dinners have drawn increasing public
attention each year as the entertainers draw more interest, and the
guest list grows "more Hollywood".
This has led to an atmosphere of coming to the event only to
"see and be seen." This usually takes place at pre-dinner
receptions and the red carpet walks, and then at the after-dinner
parties hosted by various media organizations, which are often a
bigger draw, and can be more exclusive than the dinners themselves.
Think of the Academy Awards.
This year the White House Correspondents Association
Dinner in Washington, DC on April 28, 2012 brought together U.S.
President Barack Obama and the "who's who" of the top 1%
-- Hollywood celebrities, news media personalities, comedians,
fashion models, CEOs and Washington correspondents -- and featured
comedian Jimmy Kimmel as the host.
The event's featured guests included the likes of Lindsay Lohan ($1 million from Playboy), ex-con Martha Stewart
(net worth $650 million), model Sofia Vergara (net worth $16 million), Steven Spielberg (net worth $3 Billion), Reese Witherspoon (net worth $80 million), Kevin Spacey (net worth $50 million), Sigourney Weaver (net worth $40 million), Elle MacPherson (net worth $45 million), Arnold and Maria
Schwarzenegger (he's worth $300 million), trust fund baby and
reality TV star Kim Kardashian ($35 million), Diane Sawyer ($40 million), Mariah Carey ($500 million) and many, many more.
For some odd reason I believe the Rock Star and "Man of the
People" Donald Trump was conspicuously absent, but one of the
heirs to his fortune, his daughter Ivanka, was.
Can't all those people afford to host their party?
Michael Cavlan of the Occupy Movement recently met with his
opposite counterparts in the Tea Party on April 11th at the
University Club in St Paul, Minnesota.
He noted in his speech that elected officials
from both parties were colluding, all while pretending to hate each
other. He also pointed out how both political parties were run by
elites who marginalized and demonized the voices of dissent from
within their own ranks (including "progressives"), and he
noted that all kinds of preconceived notions about each other were
being shred asunder by this meeting.
Michael Cavlan also noted that the media attempts to marginalize us
all, and pointed out the idea of what can be called the “false
left-right ideals” that are in place to keep us separated and
divided...in the classic case of "divide and conquer".
He talked about being a left wing supporter of the Ron Paul Campaign
For Liberty. He also noted that the Tea Party had been co-opted
by the Republican Party establishment and that the Occupy
Movement was fighting to make sure that they were not similarly
co-opted. As he talked, Michael Cavlan noticed many heads nodding in
agreement, from both Occupy members and the Tea Party
The White House Correspondents Dinner, "The Top 1% Party of
the Year", exemplifies this. Shame on them all for partying
like it's 1929 on the taxpayers dime while millions of Americans are
still suffering from the aftermath of the Great Recession.
A few of the guests..
George Clooney - Net Worth $160 million
Reverend Al Sharpton, worth $5 million, may have been one of the poorest
people at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner) Leon
Panetta's net worth is classified.
Ivanka Trump (Net worth $150 million) with Bud Meyers (Net
Wolf Blitzer of CNN - Net worth $16 million
Piers Morgan ($20 million) and Goldie Hawn ($60 million)
Woody Harrelson - Net worth $65 million
Jim Cramer of CNBC's "Mad Money" - Net worth $100 million
Eliot Spitzer - Net worth $50 million
Read my post Goldman Sachs: Hookers, Thugs and Private Eyes
to see how Jim Cramer and Eliot Spitzer are connected (and also see
my post What "we" Earn & what "they"
Earn to see what other celebrities are worth.
Click photos below to enlarge
Fiddling While Rome Burns
to the 69th Annual Congressional Dinner
The WHCA elects four officers and
five board members from within its ranks once a year. 2010-2011
Officers: David Jackson of USA - Today, President - Caren Bohan of
Reuters, Vice President - Steve Scully of C-SPAN, Secretary - Doug
Mills of The New York Times, Treasurer. 2010-2011 Board Members:
Carol Lee, The Wall Street Journal - Michael Scherer, Time - Julie
Mason, Politico - Don Gonyea, NPR - Ed Henry, Fox News. "A double Irish with a Dutch sandwich" - No
more separate company accounting and Paul Ryan's "territorial
tax" for corporations! The middle-class has lost enough jobs to