Samantha Bee, host of TBS “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee,” is planning an roast of President Donald Trump in Washington April 29th titled “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.”
Scheduled to be held at the Willard Hotel, Ms. Bee and her colleagues stated her event is not designed to compete with the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner, to be held the same evening.
“We’re not trying to supersede it. We just want to be there in case something happens – or doesn’t happen – and ensure that we get to properly roast the president,” Bee said in a telephone interview with the New York Times.
The television host and comedienne said she and her producers got the idea for their event after November’s election. “We were talking out loud about whether we thought the White House Correspondents’ dinner would change during a Trump presidency, or if it would even exist. And then we thought: Why don’t we just do one, just to do it in the way that we would want it done if we were hosting it?”
Although the White House Correspondents Association has not yet announced the entertainment for April’s dinner, Bee said she did not expect to be asked. “My assumption is that that invitation is not coming, and I don’t blame them for that at all,” she said.
Bee’s roast will likely be broadcast on TBS, although she said the details were still under negotiation. Attending guests also were still being worked out. “We have binders full of people, but we don’t have any specifics to offer yet,” Ms. Bee said.
Proceeds from “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” will be donated to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
UPDATE: To see past WHCI coverage of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and related events, please click here.
Kevin Cirilli is one of the “original reporters” who followed the Donald Trump campaign since Day 1. While most of these reporters joined the White House beat Cirili was named Bloomberg’s Washington Top TV reporter.
A veteran of Politico and The Hill, Cirilii has extensive experience coveraging Congress and the financial committees.
More information can be found here at FishbowlDC.
Septime Webre began his premiere season as artistic director of the brand-new Halcyon Stage arts series in Washington with style, grace, and a dash of humor. He sat down with Misty Copeland, superstar ballerina, for a conversation about her career, her struggles, and her unique popularity, in the concert hall of Georgetown’s Halcyon House.
Among the topics discussed were race, particularly Misty’s role as the first African-American principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater, her new position on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, and her friendship with former President Barack Obama.
Ms. Copeland told the audience that “everyone deserves art and beauty,” in response to a question from Mr. Webre about funding for the arts and the new Trump administration.
Guests including Sachiko Kuno, Kate Goodall, Jayne Sandman, Lydia Logan, Marvin Bowser, Anne Ashmore-Hudson, and over two dozen ARC Ballet students.
In addition to the ongoing Halcyon Stage series, all Halcyon Stage artists will lead in “community sessions”. Webre said among the themes he intends to address as artistic director is “the nature of creativity and its effect on the world.”
You can find out more about Halcyon Stage here.
— Tammy Haddad (@haddadmedia) January 25, 2017
Several Obama White House alumni and “Keeping it 1600” podcasters have launched a new media company named “Crooked Media.”
Administration veterans Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor and Dan Pfeiffer plan on expanding their podcast — renaming it to “Pod Save America” — to a multimedia platform for political activism and analysis.
Discussing the new venture, Vietor, formerly Obama’s national security spokesman, said “It’s small and bootstrapped and designed to grow over time… what we noticed is that during the campaign, people looked to us to help narrate and make sense of the day-to-day madness. And we’re the first ones to admit that we got the results totally wrong. Now they’re asking us, what can we do about Trump? How do we get involved and engaged and be more active?”
Crooked Media plans to expand into additional podcasts, video, and activist recruitment, as a social media counter to efforts on the right.
“I think the lesson from (President-elect Donald) Trump is if you’re filtering every message and idea you have through traditional media, he will swamp you with a Tweet,” Vietor said. “So we need to build up infrastructure that allows people to communicate directly with young people across the country.”
Along with Vietor, Crooked Media brings the experience of Pfeiffer as former White House senior advisor and communications director, Favreau as President Obama’s chief speechwriter, and White House speechwriter Lovett.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), nominee for Attorney General under President-election Donald Trump’s incoming administration, dodged a question posed to him during his Senate confirmation hearings on whether he would prosecute journalists for their work.
During the confirmation hearing, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) asked Sessions whether he would continue current regulations in the Justice Department that require federal prosecutors to receive approval for subpoenaing or prosecuting reporters. She probed him to pledge not to “put reporters in jail for doing their job.”
His answer was non-committal.
“Senator Klobuchar, I am not sure,” Sessions replied. “I have not studied that, those regulations. I would note that when I was the United States Attorney, we knew, everybody knew, that you could not subpoena a witness or push them to be interviewed if they’re a member of the media, without approval at high levels of the Department of Justice. That was in the 1980s. So I do believe the Department of Justice does have sensitivity to this issue.”
He expanded his answer to take a pessimistic view on journalists reporting about classified information from sources in the federal government.
“For the most part, there is a broadly recognized and proper deference to the news media,” he testified. “But you could have a situation in which media’s not the unbiased media we seen today, and they could be a mechanism through which unlawful intelligence is obtained. There are other dangers that could happen with regard to the federal government that normally doesn’t happen to the media covering murder cases in the states.”
Sessions has opposed a federal shield law in the past, which would prevent journalists from being forced to reveal their confidential sources during investigations by the federal government.
Past Attorneys General, including Loretta Lynch and Eric Holder both serving in the Obama administration, publicly pledged not to imprison journalists. The Obama administration has subpoenaed reporters to testify in cases prosecuting government employees. Members of the media refusing to comply were threatened with jail time. Although no journalists were jailed during the current administration.
Hollywood star Denzel Washington, in DC Wednesday for the premier of his new film “Fences,” blasted the mainstream media for selling “B.S.”
“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you do read it, you’re misinformed,” Washington told ITK at the movie premier, held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Denzel Washington is no stranger to false news reports. During the presidential election, a fake news story was wildly circulated that he was changing his support from Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump. He blasted those picking up and circulating the story on “the need to be first,” instead of the motivation on reporting the truth.
“In our society, now it’s just first — who cares, get it out there. We don’t care who it hurts. We don’t care who we destroy. We don’t care if it’s true,” Washington said.
“Just say it, sell it. Anything you practice you’ll get good at — including B.S.”
Washington’s new film “Fences,” based on an award-winning play of the same name and featuring Viola Davis, centers on the life of a black family in 1950s Pittsburgh. Washington also starred in the film and directed it. The movie is set to be released on Christmas.
After leaving the Huffington Post earlier in 2016 after 11 years, Arianna Huffington has already launched a new relaxing endeavor.
Thrive Global launched November 20 and in true Arianna tradition has found a way to make you successful and happy. Thrive is focused on ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success.
“We’re more aware than ever that this way of living leaves us depleted, distracted and unfulfilled. Thrive Global is born in response to the need to take control of our lives, offering new strategies and tools, based on the latest science, to address the unintended consequences of these profound and invasive changes.”
Speaking to ABC’s Rebecca Jarvis, she said, “the reason why I became such an evangelist of this new way of living, that we call ‘thriving,’ is because I now know that we can actually get to that place where we are achieving and creating and getting things done without burning out.”
Thank you Arianna for pushing us all to achieve solid, restful sleep and sound mental well-being! Thrive Global offers a variety of apps using technology to “set boundaries.” Thrive Global’s website will also provide content, events and corporate offerings such as workshops and seminars. A pop-up store on Broom Street in SoHo will sell items through January 15.
You can visit Arianna’s new venture at ThriveGlobal.com.
The Thrive Global pop-up store launch party in NYC is underway! pic.twitter.com/wXZW8jDqxH
— Thrive Global (@thrive) November 30, 2016
After months of intrigue and mystery, former Politico notables Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen announced the groundwork of their new strategy for media domination. Named “Axios,” the Greek term for “worthwhile,” this new media venture aspires to break the current traffic trap – termed the “crap trap” by VandeHei.
The goal of Axios will be to advance media news to the space it should have evolved into in the age of online information. Per VandeHei, dominant players in the mainstream media such as The New York Times or The Economist have failed to move into these new arenas due to institutional attachments and decision-making based in part on their 19th century print roots.
He quipped that Axios is best summarized as what the media would be like if “Economist mated with Twitter,” and “smartly narrated all the good stuff its own reporters missed.” The core mission of Axios will be to create reliable, solid content that can co-exist on social media and other platforms as well.
The mission of Axios is to break the mold on the current media business model — the “crap trap” — where traffic and clicks leading to short-term ad revenue are more important than sound reporting, quality information and long-term corporate sustainability. “Google and Facebook are gobbling up the media business—they now control two-thirds of the ad market—and conventional publishers are tanking. The media business needs radical overhaul, not knock-offs or wishful thinking.”
This new outlet will focus primarily on politics, business, technology and media trends. The founders have dedicated their efforts to hiring writers “who are authentically wired and smart in these topic areas.”
VandeHei and Allen have secured $10 million in initial funding for this venture, from sources such as Lerer Hippeau Ventures, NBC News, Emerson Collective, Greycroft Partners, and David and Katherine Bradley.
Washington’s Fight for Children’s annual Fundraiser, Fight Night, continued its over the top tradition with boxing matches, great music and giant steaks and cigars.
Co-chairman Kevin Plank and Raul Fernandez brought together Washington sparklies for boxing, cigars, steaks and great music. Musical performances included Foreigner, Sheila E, GrandMaster Flash to name a few.
If you missed the event you can still contribute to the educational services of the children of Washington and Baltimore by checking out these After Fight Night Auction items. Looking for ways to support Fight For Children? The Fight Night Online Auction has a variety of new and exclusive items available for bidding right now – click here and select “After Fight Night Sale” under Categories, to see the full list.
Check out a quick video of the evening’s highlights here.
— Fight Night DC (@fightnightdc) November 11, 2016
— Fight Night DC (@fightnightdc) November 11, 2016