January 20, 2007

Considering that Colbert's speech here at C&L was the second most linked to post of 2006, I think it's safe to say that we're not expecting a similar reaction from this year's Correspondents' Dinner.

WaPo :

The White House press corps last week found itself embroiled in controversy -- a controversy over its efforts to avoid controversy at an event whose guests include President Bush.
Stung by criticism that comedian Stephen Colbert went too far last year in his remarks at the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner, the group announced last week that it had lined up a different kind of entertainer for its next dinner on April 21: impersonator Rich Little.

[..]The group's president, C-SPAN's Steve Scully, issued a statement saying: "The White House Correspondents' Association never dictates or censors the content of a press dinner entertainer's act . . . My advice to [Little's agency] when we booked [him] in December was to follow the time-honored Washington motto [of] the Gridiron Dinner: 'Singe, but never burn.' "

Admittedly, it's an old story, and Olbermann has already named them the "Worst Person(s) in the World" for this, but I want to put this out to you. Who do you think would have been a worthy successor to Stephen Colbert for the White House Correspondents' Dinner?

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