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But amid a bitter war of words between the Trump administration and the Fourth Estate, plans for the 2017 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in April have been thrown into turmoil.After President Donald Trump's repeated barbs against the "dishonest media" and "fake news," some journalists and media outlets are thinking twice about their participation in the April 29 dinner, a tradition that dates back to 1921."How can media clink glasses with a White House that makes clear its contempt for press freedom and its admiration for (Russian President Vladimir) Putin methods?Although all presidents have had scrapes with the press corps, relations between the media and the White House are at what some see as an all-time low.After some news organizations called out Trump for "lies" on a variety of topics, the president disparaged journalists as "among the most dishonest human beings on earth."His top aide Stephen Bannon called the news media "the opposition party."Association president Jeff Mason of Reuters said the dinner would be held as usual "to celebrate the First Amendment (on freedom of the press) and the role an independent press plays in a healthy republic."- Dining with 'the enemy' -The pro-Trump news outlet Daily Caller reported there was "chatter" that the president may skip the gathering, in an article titled "Will Donald Trump Dine With The Enemy?There, the duo spent several hours with her family before joining pals Holly Williams and her husband for dinner at Adele’s.
Washington (AFP) - It is supposed to be a light-hearted gathering of journalists, celebrities and the president, where differences are put aside for good-natured jibes.
This year, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair have canceled parties they traditionally host as part of the hoopla surrounding the dinner.
Also, many stars are avoiding the event this year and no "headliner" comedian has committed so far, according to The Hollywood Reporter.- 'Stick a fork in it' -Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan said the glitzy party and related events around it no longer seem appropriate."Once merely embarrassing and ridiculous, the annual White House correspondents' dinner is poised to tip over into journalistic self-abasement," she wrote.
They kept whispering in each other's ears and Ben was quite touchy with Lindsay." The couple shared a plate of lobster and a few pasta dishes.
"They left together out the back door and were walking very closely together," the eyewitness reveals, adding that the duo both "looked very happy."Both Affleck and Shookus have yet to confirm their relationship.