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Curmudgeons, Pt. II?

Geez.

First, some people think Colbert either a.) totally tanked or b.) never should have been invited in the first place since he violated the “code of the event” by ripping on President Bush.

Now, some folks want the whole dinner canned because it underscores “the notion that journalists are part of a wealthy elite, completely out of touch with ordinary Americans — their audience.”

Sure, sure: It’s true that, back in the day, the “rock stars” at this event were journalists’ sources (of course, in our current world of leak investigations, no one wants to be seen anywhere near their sources, which may partially explain why celebrities are a safer–and more fun–bet). But is there a way we can compromise between these dual complaints of Saturday’s event?

How about this: Maybe stop with the celebrity invites (and put that money towards your reporting), but also get rid of this “ethical” mantra of “The main speaker must singe–not burn–the president.” This is Washington, remember. We’re big boys, we can take it.

Incoming WHCA President Steve Scully seems to be in favor of less celebrities: “We don’t want it to become an Oscar night.”

And since when did we start caring about ethics?

Besides, Clooney is hot. So there.

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