President Donald Trump has canceled the media’s fancy White House holiday party, a decades-old tradition.
Historically, the president and first lady have always taken pictures with the guests and entertained brief chats. Perhaps Trump isn’t interested in rewarding the media that continues to be so hostile toward him.
“The annual Christmas-season gathering was a significant perk for those covering the White House, as well as other Washington reporters, anchors and commentators, and New York media executives would regularly fly in for the occasion,” Fox News reported. “At its peak, the invitation-only soirees grew so large that there were two back-to-back events, one for broadcast outlets and one for print organizations.”
The report added: “Journalists who attended the events, which featured a catered buffet of lamb chops, crab claws and elaborate desserts, got to roam the decorated mansion with a spouse or other family member, a friend or a colleague, adding to the invitation's allure.”
On the plus side, ditching the fancy soiree means your taxpayer dollars won't be funding the lavish night.
Instead, the Trumps appear to have scheduled a number of Christmas parties with personally selected members of the media.
"While dropping the media party, the White House is in the midst of a full panoply of other parties this holiday season. Selected media people generally favorable to Trump, including a few Fox News hosts, have made those guest lists," Fox News reported.
President Trump has grown increasingly frustrated with the “fake news” media, regularly calling journalists out on Twitter.
“Fake News has it purposely wrong. Many, over ten, are vying for and wanting the White House Chief of Staff position,” Trump recently tweeted. “Why wouldn’t someone want one of the truly great and meaningful jobs in Washington. Please report news correctly. Thank you!”
Trump has even skipped the famous White House Correspondents Dinner two years running. It seems he’s no longer willing to play by the media’s rules.