If the early days of the Trump administration are anything to go by, Margaret Talev will at some point be accused of deceit, a lack of patriotism, working for a "failing" media organization and, yes, the latest epithet, "cosmopolitan bias."
Before comedian Hasan Minhaj got up to poke fun at the assembled White House press corps last night, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein got up to celebrate it.
The legendary Watergate duo gave a speech evoking their investigative reporting of the Nixon administration and calling on the current generation of journalists to practice careful, thorough and relentless reporting on the current White House.
The clapping had barely subsided before comedian Hasan Minhaj cracked a joke about the elephant not in the room — President Donald Trump.
"Welcome to the series finale of the White House Correspondents' dinner," said Minhaj, the dinner's headliner and a senior correspondent at "The Daily Show." "My name is Hasan Minhaj, or I'll be known in a few weeks, No. 830287."
Within minutes of beginning his routine, he cracked wise President Trump's boycott of the dinner.
Watergate reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein will reunite this year at the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner to give a speech defending "a free and independent press," the association announced Thursday.
The pair are the biggest guests booked so far for a generally star-studded event that has yet to announce a host in the wake of President Trump's announcement that he will break with decades of tradition and skip the dinner.
Thanks to a coordinated effort among Washington political reporters months in the making, White House officials no longer get the first read of daily bulletins that detail the comings and goings of the commander-in-chief.
Pool reports, which chronicle the whereabouts of the president and his retinue, have for months been given to a core group of reporters directly by the print and digital correspondents who write them. Previously, they came through White House intermediaries.
The White House Correspondents' Association unveiled a set of "principles and practices" Saturday in search of "meaningful and consistent access to the President and his or her aides whenever and wherever they conduct the public’s business."
The principles and a set of proposed practices reflect a growing frustration with the administration of President Barack Obama and a sense by those who cover the White House daily that they are increasingly kept in the dark.