Bill Press: 'They ought to cancel the freaking [correspondents'] dinner'
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Liberal radio host Bill Press joined the calls Monday for an end to the White House correspondents' dinner, saying it "doesn't do us any favors."

Press referenced comedian Michelle Wolf's jabs at White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during her routine during the dinner, saying the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) should apologize to Sanders.

"I think the White House Correspondents’ Association owes the press secretary an apology for inviting her, putting her head table, and then having a speaker who called her a liar to her face," Press, a contributor to The Hill, said on his radio show. 

"Number two, I think they ought to cancel a freaking dinner," he continued. "I wouldn’t even have the dinner next year.”

Press was spotted at related parties over the weekend, including a CNN-hosted brunch on Sunday that followed the WHCA dinner. 


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President Trump called Wolf's performance "filthy," and called for an end to the dinner, at least in its current form.

Several journalists, conservative commentators and ex-Trump administration members criticized Wolf, arguing she had gone too far in her remarks about Sanders in particular.

Celebrities and a number of other journalists have defended Wolf, arguing that she did what she was hired to do in roasting the current administration. Others pointed out that the president has made vulgar remarks and pushed conspiracy theories without apologizing.

Press said Monday that the dinner gives the appearance to the general public that the Washington media gets together once a year to mock the president. He argued that view will be reinforced because President Trump has chosen not to attend the dinner for two consecutive years.

"Call me a snowflake, call me whatever, I don’t care. I was there, it was very uncomfortable," Press said. "And when two of my — I’m not going to name them — leading Democrats, big-time Democrats stormed out of the room because they found it so offensive, there’s a problem."