By Medhi Hasan for The Intercept
hen comedian Michelle Wolf ridiculed the brazen dishonesty of the president and his equally deceitful staff, journalists at the White House Correspondents Dinner threw her under the bus. The U.S. media treat politicians with kid gloves; they fawn over them, befriend them, apologize for them. Such behavior was bad enough under previous administrations, but it’s reached a breaking point under Donald Trump — a president who, according to James Comey’s memos, jokes in private about having reporters locked up and raped behind bars as a way of getting them to give up their confidential sources. On episode seven of Deconstructed, comedian and Hollywood director and producer Judd Apatow joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss the U.S. media’s cozy relationship with politicians.
Judd Apatow: If you watch the news, it’s always funny how they don’t want to say Donald Trump is a liar. They always find different words to use to describe him not telling the truth.
MH: I’m Mehdi Hasan, welcome to Deconstructed. Fake, fraudulent, dishonest, disgusting, corrupt, sleazy scum, slime, liars, losers, phoneys, bad people, sick people, enemies of the people: the president of the United States attacks the members of the press on a near daily basis publicly, viciously, relentlessly. So when a comedian turns up at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner and ridicules the brazen dishonesty of the president and of his equally deceitful press secretary, you might think journalists at that dinner would stick up for her, get behind her, defend her — but no! They threw Michelle Wolf under the bus and stuck up for the people in the White House who abuse them every day instead.