The most-quoted line is “The newspaper comforts the afflicted, afflicts the comfortable.” That’s a standard I have applied throughout my career since journalism is one of the few crafts protected by an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The White House Correspondents' Association may try to justify the dinner for its ability to raise money for scholarships, but isn’t it possible to get the $100,000 another way? Simply put, it’s time for the association to dump this dinner because it does send the wrong message to readers and viewers who rightly see the event as comforting the comfortable.
Representatives for the association were unavailable for comment.
•Christopher Harper is a professor at Temple University. He worked for more than 20 years at The Associated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and “20/20.” He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.