Stars Hug Writers and Pols - Times Says It's Not Right

By: Garrett M. Graff

After this year’s festivities, Washingtonians are asking whether the glitzy White House Correspondents’ dinner is a mistake.

There’s the question of whether the press and the President should break bread together; the New York Times decided no and has pulled out of future dinners. Some publications now believe that attracting Hollywood stars is more trouble than it’s worth—especially once flights, hotels, room service, and limo bills are added in.

Hollywood types think that the dinner’s a good stage to get coverage of their issues of choice—as shown by Sheryl Crow’s global-warming tussle with Karl Rove in the middle of the meal.