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May 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

No doubt evoking a hearty “amen” from Donald Trump, former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw said on Meet the Press Sunday that members of the White House Correspondents Association ought to “rethink” their annual dinner at which the president delivers a political address in the form of a satirical routine. “And if ever there’s an event that separates the press from the people that they’re supposed to serve — symbolically — it is that one. It is time to rethink it. Look, I think George Clooney’s a great guy. I like to meet Charlize Theron. But I don’t think the big press event in Washington is that kind of glittery event at which the whole talk is about Cristal champagne, taking over the Italian Embassy, who has the best party, who got to meet the most people. That’s another separation between what we’re supposed to be doing and what the people expect us to be doing, and I think that the Washington press corps has to look at that.” At last year’s dinner President Obama ripped into Donald Trump with a string of jokes that had the members of the press howling with laughter while Trump sat scowling. The following day Trump said that while the president was delivering his comedy turn, “I was thinking to myself as he was doing this that the American people are really suffering and we’re all having a good time. I think it’s inappropriate.” He added later, “That was a largely liberal room, not entirely, but it’s a press room.”