Most of the Washington press corps at that dinner have almost nothing in common with the folks who voted for Trump and cheered him in Michigan. Hillary Clinton surely spoke for many of the Beltway media laughing at Wolf’s jokes when she said: “(Y)ou could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. … The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic … (Trump) tweets and retweets their offensive hateful mean-spirited rhetoric. Now, some of those folks—they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.”
These dinners are becoming “close to suicidal for the press’s credibility,” writes Margaret Sullivan in The Washington Post.