Ed Henry of Fox News , a former association president, spoke of Sarah Sanders’ mistreatment at the WHPA dinner: We “invited her to be the president’s representative. We invited her to dinner, to our event, and we treated her like dirt. It was disgusting; I’m actually getting more angry just thinking about it.” I don’t feel that angry, but I don’t like the way comedienne Michelle Wolf treated her.
Just because the president often acts like a complete ass, that’s not an excuse to emulate him.
Understand I don’t like Sanders’ dodging or stonewalling every uncomfortable question in White House briefings. I was happy to hear of one reporter who got so tired of empty answers he stormed out calling her a liar. But this was a different place and time and this time she was supposed to be a special “guest” of the press core, not a pinata, which is why she was seated on that stage, which made her particularly vulnerable to be batted around mercilessly in Wolf’s performance.
Except for the mean spirited it is not funny to call someone a liar and compare her to a loathsome character in a TV show, while she has to just sit there and take it. This was a series of insults plain and simple. Someone once said there is a fine line between the prick of wit and the sting of insult. The best roasts tend to be heavy on wit and light on insult. When it goes the other way, it ruins the show.
Without Trump present, Sanders got to be the special target for vitriol. Still, you could tell by the majority of the audience reaction that Michelle had become all sting and little shared wit when it came to treating Sanders.
Watching Sanders squirm in her chair I thought she should get up and go, yelling on the way: “I don’t need to listen to this crap.” I could applaud that.
Now that I think of it, though, a number of reporters might have reflexively shouted back: “Now you know how we feel.”
So, I’m ambivalent. But bottom line Sarah was treated like dirt and deserves an apology from the White House Press Corps.