At the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Hasan Minhaj from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” was responsible for roasting President Trump. No wonder Donald didn’t want to go. Thin skin? You would need elephant hide to weather the blasts from Hasan. Yet, as Hasan pointed out, nothing seems to damage Donald in the eyes of his followers and supporters.
CNN, MSNBC and Fox took direct hits from the comic. Hasan’s jibes were met with discomfort and embarrassment. Getting roasted didn’t look like fun to me. And it made me wonder whether Trump’s #FakeNews campaign would lead to changes in how the media presents news.
During his presentation, Hasan joked about “real-time” news reporting. He suggested that reporters “take an hour” to digest the news and think about what to say. Hasan said the current style makes him anxious whenever he’s listening to them work out what’s going on.
The Truth Will Set You Free
Hasan’s jokes garnered scattered laughter, groans and stony faces. By comparison, Trump had his audience in Pennsylvania, eating out of his hand, laughing on cue, cheering on cue and even booing in unison at exactly the right time.
Hasan Minhaj: “Maybe it’s because we’re living in a strange time when trust is more important than truth…and supporters of President Trump trust him. And I know you journalists are definitely trying to do good work, but I just think that a lot of people don’t trust you right now. And can you blame them? Unlike Anderson Cooper’s bone structure, you guys have been far from perfect…It’s hard to trust you guys when you send us so many mixed messages…I don’t have a solution for how to win back trust. But in the age of Trump, I know, that you guys have to be more perfect now, more than ever. Because you are how the President gets his news…and when one of you messes up, he blames the entire group. And now you know what it feels like to be a minority.” source
Interesting Twitter Responses
Hasan mentioned “House of Slytherin” during his comments. J.K. Rowling must have noticed.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 30, 2017
Actually, I’m glad I spent 25 minutes listening to the entire presentation. It was remarkable to watch Hasan Minhaj at the front of the room, capturing everyone’s attention — and not pulling any punches. He gave the journalists his point of view as a person who watches the news. He is their audience and he let them know that he’s not happy with how news is presented.
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 30, 2017
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) April 30, 2017