Hamilton Nolan seethes over Saturday night's spectacle:
Do you know who knows that the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner is a shameful display of whoredom that makes the "average American" vomit in disgust, or, more likely, simply continue to disregard the findings of any ostensibly neutral journalistic outlet in favor of their own ideology of choice, because they have a fully solidified belief that the "mainstream media" is little more than a bunch of ball-lapping lapdogs to whoever's in power? Everyone.
[W]hat really set me off was the constant use of the phrase "nerd prom" — usually by the attendants themselves — to describe the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. Teenagers go to proms — not grown men and women. This is part of a broader pattern I see in Washington — a pattern which includes cupcake stores, kickball leagues, and adults dressing up on Halloween (to amuse themselves, not children) — whereby ostensibly grown people adopt the rituals of childhood.
Cupcakes are now out of bounds as well? But yes, the whole thing is very silly and kinda corrupting. But unlike the silliness and corruption that goes on every day in this town, it's pretty much transparent. And you get to hang with Leon Wieseltier.