Feb 3, 2017

WH Correspondents' Dinner gets political — fast

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The New Yorker is pulling out of its annual kickoff party at the W Hotel, per the NYT, and Vanity Fair has withdrawn from co-sponsoring the dinner's swankiest after-party known for its A-list guest list. Graydon Carter, Editor of Vanity Fair, said he canceled the event in rebuke to Trump.

What's next: The New Yorker and Vanity Fair have started the trend, and now other media companies will be asked whether they'll do the same. And last week, late-night comedian Samantha Bee announced she'll be hosting an alternative event the same night as the dinner, emphasizing that all journalists who have been dissed by Trump are welcome.

Trump, who was once brutally roasted by Obama at the dinner in the past, might just decide to just blow it off.

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What he's saying: “I don’t think it's a big problem. I don’t think it's very many people,” Trump said during a press conference in India, adding he wants “people who are good for the country, loyal to the country.”

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The big picture: That's partly because we're all focusing on the implications of Democrats nominating a self-described democratic socialist. It's also because a candidate's religion no longer seems to matter as much to voters or the media, making the potential milestone of a Jewish nominee more of a non-event.