However, some people may have simply been shocked - shocked - that Wolf used profanity in her routine, uttering words like "pussy" and "fuck" (possibly the first time such language was heard on C-SPAN, though not CNN) during an evening that's supposed to celebrate the media yet also unwittingly celebrates the chummy relationship the Washington D.C. press corps often shares with the politicians it covers. The Dinner is an embarrassment to journalism.
"And just a reminder to everyone, I'm here to make jokes", Wolf said at the top of her routine. And Rob Reiner, a guest of McClatchy, said he sensed in the room that it wasn't going over well but that he believed "she spoke the truth".
Somehow the Kathy Griffins of the world have been allowed to hijack it.
"She aimed straight at the white female enforcers & never once suggested that anyone was a bimbo or a dog-like the man they work for surely would have", Nassbaum tweeted. Former administration officials were on hand, such as onetime press secretary Sean Spicer, ex-chief of staff Reince Priebus, former chief economic adviser Gary Cohn and ex-political aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman.
During the 2016 campaign, Clinton drew laughs when she told supporters at a private fundraiser that half of Trump supporters could be lumped into a "basket of deplorables" - denouncing them as "racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it". "I think they didn't pay attention to what was said", she added.
In another White House development, Stormy Daniels, the pornographic actress who claims she had an affair with Trump, escalated her legal fight Monday by suing the president for defamation.
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John demanded Chris's cellphone and auto , so Chris gave him the phone and refused him the vehicle, telling him to get out. As hard and as sad as it makes her, she said it gives her a "tiny lift" to read about her husband of 41 years.
When Camerota pushed back, Miller did too, insisting "I don't see how a awful comedian, who wasn't amusing at all and went out with specific goal of trying to get even because Hillary Clinton didn't win the election in 2016...doesn't like Trump".
She even took to Twitter to make the point that it wasn't ever about Sanders' looks.
In the now deleted tweets obtained by the Daily Mail, Wolf calls president Trump's son, Eric, an "abortion", mocking his father's pro-Life stance. "What Wolf did is what comedians do", one reader wrote. But some of her jokes, particularly a series of barbs about Sanders as Sanders sat just feet away, seemed to spark the most outrage. "Maybe it's lies. It's probably lies". More accurately, I thought the joke wasn't amusing enough to justify the pettiness. A lot. So I can't say that I personally care if she was offended. "And I don't want the cause of unity to be undercut".
CBN News Correspondent Amber Strong, who also attended the dinner, agreed.
WHCA President Margaret Talev said the comedian's words were "not in the spirit of the mission" of a program meant to "offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people". On any given prime-time show, count how many times Trump mouthpiece Sean Hannity attacks Federal Bureau of Investigation leadership while pointedly saying they are different from the good men and women of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who work for you and me.
Journalists - liberal, iconoclastic, free-speaking journalists - also took to Twitter to criticize Wolf or sympathize with her targets, notably Sanders.