The annual White House Correspondents' Dinner brought celebrities and the media stars who love them to the White House in Washington DC on Saturday night. Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn were inseparable after the event, but she first walked the red carpet with her brother Hunter. Other couples were more comfortable posing before the cameras, with Jon Hamm cozying up to Jennifer Westfeldt, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer sticking together, and Paul Rudd making the rounds with wife Julie when not chilling with Parks and Recreation funny girls Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones. Salma Hayek also had her husband Francois-Henri Pinault on hand, and Chace Crawford tagged along with sister Candice and her fiancé Tony Romo. The Vampire Diaries duo Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder made the rounds, as Mila Kunis made one half of an interesting pair with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. Seth Meyers was the evening's emcee, but it was President Obama who stole the show. The president hit back at critics like Donald Trump and even Matt Damon, who recently expressed disappointment with the administration. Obama said of Damon, "I've even let down my key core constituency: movie stars. Just the other day, Matt Damon — I love Matt Damon, love the guy — Matt Damon said he was disappointed in my performance. Well, Matt, I just saw The Adjustment Bureau, so. . . .right back atcha, buddy."
Reese Witherspoon headed to Washington DC yesterday to make the rounds on behalf of Avon's philanthropic campaign. First up was a breakfast meeting, where Reese spoke about their anti-domestic violence efforts. She was then off to the White House to join First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a ceremony to announce a donation from Avon to the Secretary's Fund. Reese skipped out on Sunday's Oscars ceremony in order to make her trip East, but she still stars in one of our favorite ever Academy Awards moments.
With less than a week left until election night it's time to start making plans — not what election parties or events you're attending, this is a much, much more important decision— who you're spending the evening with, teevees-wise. The media has been as important this campaign as the candidates — and since McCain is saying they've all been fooled as to the real state of the race, I can't wait to see the results. I know who I'm watching, I've been so CNN-loyal the whole campaign, the thought of abandoning my Wolf wouldn't happen by a hair of his chinny-chin-chin. I might peek to see what the other kids have going on though, so luckily there's a whole passel of lists to help us decide who to watch.
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It's the perfect storm. Just yesterday tons of you had opinions on McCain's al Qaeda/extremists flub, the day before we took a peek at the nature of spin in the news cycle, and now this marriage of the two: CNN ran edited footage of the event (edited for brevity probably, but!) with splicing, which made it appear as though John McCain immediately corrected himself. That was not the case. To make matters stickier, the heavily edited footage was used to back up Wolf Blitzer's report that McCain "quickly corrected" the statement.
This instance is one of many reports surfacing pointing attention toward less-than-critical media reporting of the event. Both Reuters and Special Report used language directly from the McCain campaign's statement saying that the candidate "misspoke." Their use of the campaign's wording gives objective authority to a political interpretation.
Does this heighten your skepticism about the "news?" Or is this an example of business as usual something you expect? Are you surprised how one 60-second clip can effectively rewrite history?