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“the daily show” correspondent hasan minhaj entertains the guests at the white house correspondents’ dinner. (ap photo/cliff owen)welcome to coverage of the white house correspondents’ association dinner. this year, it was different.that was largely because president trump declined to attend. usually, a joke-filled speech by the commander-in-chief is a highlight of the evening, which helped make the dinner an a-list draw over the decades.but even before trump sent his regrets, it was clear that folks from hollywood – a community vocally opposed to the president – were not interested in coming to washington this year. many corporate sponsors of the glitziest parties from past seasons also decided to stand down. [‘we are not fake news’: at a trump-free correspondents’ dinner, white house press has its say.] there was also competition: comedian samantha bee hosted her “not the white house correspondents’ dinner” saturday afternoon in washington, which also attracted an audience of celebrities and journalists.in the president’s absence, the dinner refocused on the values of a free press. association president jeff mason pointedly declared, “we are not fake n......

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