Michelle Wolf and the Guardian vs. the clueless press

 
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30 April 2018 07:58
 

Michelle Wolf just spoke at the white house correspondent’s dinner and she gave everybody a hard time, including trump and Sarah Sanders. Most of the clueless, lazy, soundbite-driven, inattentive, overly-PC press, is calling Wolf out - for criticizing Sander’s looks. Wolf did not do this. The Guardian did a great piece on this situation:

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Hooray to Michelle Wolf and hooray to the Guardian (at least in this case).

MSNBC failed, the NYT failed, NBC failed, faux-feminists failed. We have to hold the press accountable.

 
 
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30 April 2018 09:21
 
icehorse - 30 April 2018 07:58 AM

Michelle Wolf just spoke at the white house correspondent’s dinner and she gave everybody a hard time, including trump and Sarah Sanders. Most of the clueless, lazy, soundbite-driven, inattentive, overly-PC press, is calling Wolf out - for criticizing Sander’s looks. Wolf did not do this. The Guardian did a great piece on this situation:

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Hooray to Michelle Wolf and hooray to the Guardian (at least in this case).

MSNBC failed, the NYT failed, NBC failed, faux-feminists failed. We have to hold the press accountable.

Reince Priebus did truly give a thumbs up in a manner which suggested that he fully appreciated the joke directed at him. It’s not reality’s fault that the actual fucking snowflakes are the people that sustain themselves on the misery of other human beings, it’s lazy gentility that’s to blame.

Love people; hate humanity.

 
 
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30 April 2018 09:34
 
icehorse - 30 April 2018 07:58 AM

Michelle Wolf just spoke at the white house correspondent’s dinner and she gave everybody a hard time, including trump and Sarah Sanders. Most of the clueless, lazy, soundbite-driven, inattentive, overly-PC press, is calling Wolf out - for criticizing Sander’s looks. Wolf did not do this. The Guardian did a great piece on this situation:

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Hooray to Michelle Wolf and hooray to the Guardian (at least in this case).

MSNBC failed, the NYT failed, NBC failed, faux-feminists failed. We have to hold the press accountable.

I think you misread the press reaction.

Their dim view of the evening wasn’t due to Michelle Wolf being smutty and mean-spirited towards Trump and his White House staff, rather in so doing Michelle Wolf made Trump the winner of the evening because it looked like there is one area the left can outperform Trump and the Republicans. Smut, porn, and being mean. The press lost their balance and the pretense of moral high ground.

 
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30 April 2018 15:09
 

This is one brave lady.
So much of what she said was dead on target, but I especially loved her finishing comments said in a room filled with reporters who cover the White House:

There’s a ton of news right now, a lot is going on, and we have all these 24-hour news networks, and we could be covering everything. Instead, we’re covering three topics. Every hour is Trump, Russia, Hillary, and a panel full of people that remind you why you don’t go home for Thanksgiving. Milk comes from nuts now all because of the gays.

You guys are obsessed with Trump. Did you used to date him? Because you pretend like you hate him, but I think you love him. I think what no one in this room wants to admit is that Trump has helped all of you. He couldn’t sell steaks or vodka or water or college or ties or Eric, but he has helped you. He’s helped you sell your papers and your books and your TV. You helped create this monster, and now you’re profiting off of him. If you’re going to profit off of Trump, you should at least give him some money, because he doesn’t have any.

Brava!

 
 
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01 May 2018 13:49
 
icehorse - 30 April 2018 07:58 AM

Michelle Wolf just spoke at the white house correspondent’s dinner and she gave everybody a hard time, including trump and Sarah Sanders. Most of the clueless, lazy, soundbite-driven, inattentive, overly-PC press, is calling Wolf out - for criticizing Sander’s looks. Wolf did not do this. The Guardian did a great piece on this situation:

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Hooray to Michelle Wolf and hooray to the Guardian (at least in this case).

MSNBC failed, the NYT failed, NBC failed, faux-feminists failed. We have to hold the press accountable.


If you listen to/watch the clip it’s an entirely valid perception that it was lowbrow shaming humor (fat and ass references) ... entirely valid. It’s very likely that was an intended aspect of the joke. It’s hard to make sense of the vocalizations and pauses and emphases, which are pronounced, and which sound very much like fat and ass, if they weren’t intentional. And while that’s a pretty cheap and very lowbrow gag, the quality of the joke if that’s ignored is just kind of weird (note that I don’t consider calling humor lowbrow or cheap an insult or even necessarily a negative criticism—it often works fine for me—I’m not saying lowbrow is stupid or a problem).

That said, aside from pretending or presuming that aspect of the insulting joke doesn’t exist (and again, insulting isn’t knocking the humor—same as above), I agree with The Guardian’s take. The Far Right are the snowflakes—what my dad used to call the professional victims. They’re just so detached from reality, due to incessant and intensive practice, that they can’t even see when they’re special little world folds over on itself.

But it’s also not ideal to have to pretend or presume something about the Home Team in order to validate your disgust over such nonsense.

Personally I enjoy it when the tables are turned on the likes of Sanders—adds a bit of poetic justice to the humor that’s satisfying, particularly when she’s obviously bristling at the edgy humor (i.e. being a snowflake), scowling over it while pretending she’s just above it ... precisely as she frequently does during press briefings.

 
 
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01 May 2018 15:59
 

The bit about the press was too true to laugh at. Free television coverage got Trump elected. Very little question in my mind of that.

 
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03 May 2018 03:14
 
Celal - 30 April 2018 09:34 AM

...it looked like there is one area the left can outperform Trump and the Republicans. Smut, porn, and being mean.

LOL!!!!!

Trump ran his campaign on being mean! Mean to his rivals, his opponents, the press, and to certain ethnic and religious groups. And his base revelled in it! And talk about smut and porn! The “grab ‘em by the pussy” President is currently embroiled in a scandal with a friggin’ porn star!!! 

How is the weather in your world?

Ron

 
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10 May 2018 13:04
 

I very much enjoyed her HBO special and there was nothing particularly offensive about the correspondents’ dinner.  Except of course that the guest of honour was too chicken shit to show up.  Again.  There was a time having a sense of humour was an admirable trait and lying was considered despicable.  If that isn’t deserving of ridicule…I just don’t know what is.