Michelle Wolf calls White House Correspondents' Association 'cowards' for ditching comedy at annual dinner

President Trump skipped the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2017 and skipped it again earlier this year, when comedian Michelle Wolf was the featured entertainment. In the wake of her controversial performance, the event’s organizers have made a big change.

In a release posted to Twitter Monday morning, the White House Correspondents’ Association announced author and historian Ron Chernow as the speaker for next year’s event, set for April 2019. And although the organization’s president, Olivier Knox (who, full disclosure, previously worked for Yahoo News), mentioned the expectation that Chernow will discuss the “importance of a free and independent news media,” many are arguing that this choice is an example of the exact opposite.

Already people are praising Wolf’s tweet for speaking “truth to power” at the past dinner, and likely making the administration worried about putting another entertainer on stage.

Others are happy about the change, saying that a historian is the perfect person to present the irony between the current administration and America’s values. Some have even pointed out that Wolf’s comment about the media being “complicit” is just adding to Trump’s attack of the press.

Still, some people are holding out hope that Chernow can maintain the tradition of satirical entertainment that the dinner has featured for decades.

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