Here's hoping Samantha Bee can kill White House Correspondents Dinner

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Star of "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" will host an alternative to the White House Correspondents Association Dinner this year

There may be White House reporters who won't be in the mood this year to party with President Trump (especially the ones he's derided as "fake news"), but that doesn't mean they'll need to stay home the night of April 29.

TBS's Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on Monday announced its first annual "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner," which it said would be held at Washington's Willard Hotel.

According to TBS,  "Samantha Bee, noted purveyor of FAKE NEWS™, will host the gala affair, welcoming journalists and non-irritating celebrities from around the world. We suspect some members of the press may find themselves unexpectedly free that night, and we want to feed them and give them hugs."

Maybe they'll have so much fun they'll never want to go back to the real correspondents dinner, even if the next president doesn't daily insult them.

The White House Correspondents Association dinner, the annual event Twitter users like to call #nerdprom, generally features a comedian host and a humorous -- and largely ghostwritten -- speech by the president of the United States. Its supposed purpose is to raise money for scholarships. But it has become an increasing embarrassment  in recent years as news organizations competed to invite celebrities to their tables and cable news channels breathlessly covered the mingling of D.C.'s elite with the also elite journalists who are supposed to be keeping an eye on them.

And if that's not enough reason to get rid of it, well, it's also the event where, in 2011, President Obama targeted the man who'd repeatedly questioned his citizenship and right to the presidency in a speech that some believe inspired Trump's decision to run.

 

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