Whether or not the president and his allies act in a toxic fashion when it comes to the media in the United States is hardly a matter of debate at this point. At what feels like every opportunity, the president attacks the media as “fake news.” It’s a regular occurrence at this point for the president to seek to undercut the freedom of the press in some fashion.
What is a matter of debate this weekend, however, is how best to respond to the president and his allies maniacal ramblings. Saturday night, the White House Correspondents’ Association held their annual dinner in Washington, D.C., and for the second year in a row, the president fairly unsurprisingly declined to attend. Comedienne Michelle Wolf hosted this year’s event, and with her scathing remarks about the president’s inner circle, she ended up with a significant number of detractors as Sunday dawned. Some members of the media community felt that she had gone too far.
CNN’s anti-Trump but still generally conservative commentator Ana Navarro is thoroughly not of that persuasion, however. She responded to those going after Wolf with a post to Twitter this Sunday that pointed out the discrepancy between bemoaning repeated attacks on the media from inside the White House and bemoaning when the White House is taken to task for that belligerence.
‘Seems some ppl usually offended at lies & attacks on the media by Trump WH, today are offended a comedienne publicly calling out Trump WH on their lies & attacks on the media. But hey, fortunately in the Trump era, only politically-correct “snowflakes” should care about feelings.’
She included in her Twitter post an image of a Trump-supporting couple wearing t-shirts that proclaimed their support for the man who is now president and read, “Fuck your feelings,” highlighting the fact that it’s not as though Wolf’s comments bring the country down a path of “playing dirty” that it wasn’t already on thanks to the president and his supporters.
Navarro is, of course, quite on point in noting that the Trump White House often spews barbs at the media.
On the flip side of that, however, is the fact that a number of journalists and other influential figures have expressed a level of discontent with jokes from Wolf that incorporated items like White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ appearance. Wolf personally responded to criticism of that joke on her personal Twitter profile, noting that her intent was as much to criticize Sanders’ behavior as it was anything else.
Responding to Maggie Haberman from The New York Times, Wolf wrote:
‘Hey mags! All these jokes were about her despicable behavior. Sounds like you have some thoughts about her looks though?’
Similarly, responding to MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, Wolf wrote, in part:
‘I said she burns facts and uses the ash to create a *perfect* smoky eye. I complimented her eye makeup and her ingenuity of materials.’
As mentioned, the president, for his part, broke with tradition again and skipped the dinner, opting to hold a rally in Washington Township, Michigan, instead. That event was full of the amount of Trump-ian toxicity that could be expected.
Check out Twitter’s response to Navarro below.
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