Before delving further, if you haven’t already, take 20 minutes to watch Michelle Wolf’s set at the Washington Correspondents Dinner. I’ll wait.
In my view, that’s some solid shit right there. The impact it made might wither in a few days but for her time at the podium, Wolf took aim at Trump, Sanders, CNN, Hannity, Maddow, all of Washington, DC, more or less, and hit the target every. damned. time. It was like Wolf cornered the DC press at their own party and told them what she really thought. And it was in front of all of the politicians and luminaries, which had to make it really embarrassing.
And before I continue, I want to stress wholeheartedly that there is No Liberal Media. Also, there is No Conservative Media. There is only a Corporation-Friendly Media. What that means is that the Media will report what works best for its bottom line. Who benefited the most from the constant coverage of the Trump circus more than Trump? CNN, FOX News, and MSNBC. For all the hubbub over coarse material, cruel jokes, bashing Trump, wishing Kellyanne Conway gets stuck under a tree, etc., Wolf’s focus on the utter and miserable failure the Media are is the real story here. DC press love their access, so much so that, because of their failures, our country is currently run by a racist, sexist, petty manchild president and a compliant yet still toothless Congress all of whom possess weapons grade levels of indifference, callousness, and disdain for the very people they are supposed to represent that safety nets are sliced through. We’re supposed to be the Leader of the Free World but people are struggling so much that they resort to crowdfunding to pay for a family member’s funeral arrangements, mom’s cancer bills, or whatever else deep shit Dickensian Hell we have found ourselves in.
Sidenote: Trump didn’t go because he says why should he go to something when he knows he’s going to be made fun of. Dear Fragile Snowflake: You are in charge of the United States of America. It ain’t a TV show and if it was, your ratings would be enough to shitcan you. Even the overnight Quacker Factory segments on QVC has bigger numbers. No, Trump didn’t go because that his skin is so thin as to be translucent. That thin skin also comes with a heaping level of vengeful acidity. Don’t believe me? President Obama once used the Correspondents Dinner to gently rib El Ducheeto’s birtherism. Trump took that shit so hard he’s spent a good deal of his administration undoing Obama’s legacy.
Back to Michelle Wolf and the dinner, just reading reactions from the Washington Post, the New York Times, some of the “press elites“, it’s obvious they don’t like being criticized. For all the charges of “low hanging fruit” or being mean to Uncle Sarah Huckabee, Wolf flat out undressed Washington and its fawning, complicit (if not complacent) press corps. Primo tip, guyz: it’s not Michelle Wolf. It’s you!
Because as much as the Media wants to tell us otherwise she accomplished something very important: she stood up for you and me, the news consumers. They need to know that they’re failing miserably at their job. Because here’s what’s been my issue with The Media since, oh, round about the run-up to the Iraq War: they’re so wrapped up in having access to the White House and Congress that they have been failing fundamentally in their one job.
And by failing in that job, they’ve failed us.
Michelle Wolf is my hero today.