‘we are not fake news’: at a trump-free correspondents’ dinner, white house press has its say.

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at a less glitzy and more earnest dinner than past years, journalism legends bob woodward, center, and carl bernstein, delivered remarks about the importance of a free press. (marvin joseph/the washington post)the white house correspondents’ association punched back this weekend against an administration that has denigrated it, attempted to discredit it and, ultimately, snubbed it by becoming the first administration in decades to skip out on the annual bread-breaking between the white house and the reporters who cover the presidency.“we cannot ignore the rhetoric that has been employed by the president about who we are and what we do,” association president jeff mason told a ballroom of journalists attending the correspondents’ dinner on saturday night. “we are not fake news. we are not failing news organizations. and we are not the enemy of the american people.”at the last line, he received a standing ovation.president trump’s relationship with the press has been notoriously tempestuous. he lambasted the media at his campaign rallies, calling them “fake,” and “failing” and, most memorably, america’s “enemy.”[the rise and fall — or maybe rebirth? — ......

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