Back in 2007, Frank Rich penned a New York Times editorial announcing the publication would no longer attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner (WHCD). The particulars for the WHCD boycott delineated in his op-ed included the press mishandling of the Iraq War, their turpitude in applying the "torture" label to Abu Ghraib, and the underreporting of White House propaganda surrounding the wartime death of football hero Pat Tillman. Playing a star role in this media botch was the corrupted Washington, D.C.-press relationship.
The Fourth Estate's refusal to hold the most powerful accountable was exemplified in events like the WHCD, according to Rich, where the powerful and famous hobnobbed with media stars and fawning journalists. But this year, the Times' absence at the annual televised spectacle won't be the only notable presence missing. Robert Schlesinger in U.S. News and World Report argued that no journalists should show. And while it's unclear how many share his abject disdain for giving even the perception of support to Trump's administration, it is likely that far more media personalities will abstain this year than in WHCDs of the past.
Here are some of the people and publications besides the Times that are already on record to skip part or all of the 2017 WHCD extravaganza.