In lieu of comedy, WH Correspondents Dinner opens with dark sermon on Trump endangering press

In lieu of comedy, WH Correspondents Dinner opens with dark sermon on Trump endangering press
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[Ed. – Knox clearly misses the days when the only journalists the White House wanted to imprison worked for Fox News.]

For the first time in recent memory, the White House Correspondents Dinner did not have a comedian emcee its annual dinner. Instead, the president of the White House Correspondents Association, Olivier Knox, delivered a solemn address to open up the usually jubilant evening.

Knox focused his remarks on the threat he said the White House is putting journalists under.

“I don’t want to dwell on the president,” Knox said while discussing President Trump. “This is not his dinner. It’s ours, and it should stay ours. But I do want to say this. In nearly 23 years as a reporter I’ve been physically assaulted by Republicans and Democrats, spat on, shoved, had crap thrown at me. I’ve been told I will never work in Washington again by both major parties.”

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“And yet I still separate my career to before February 2017 and what came after,” Know [sic] continued. “And February 2017 is when the president called us the enemy of the people. A few days later my son asked me, ‘Is Donald Trump going to put you in prison?”

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