The truthiness must have hurt

The headliner for this year's White House correspondents dinner? It's not Stephen Colbert.

By Tim Grieve
Published January 16, 2007 9:19PM (EST)

Remember Stephen Colbert's performance at last year's White House Correspondents' Association dinner? The White House Correspondents' Association does -- and it's making sure that nothing like it happens again this year.

The group has chosen is-he-really-still-alive impersonator Rich Little to headline this year's dinner. As Editor & Publisher reports, WHCA president Steve Scully is hoping that Little's presence will make the event a "comfortable venue that is enjoyable, funny and interesting." "You don't want to offend anyone," he said.

Scully said that Little is the kind of entertainer who can appeal "to the Bob Novaks and the bloggers of the world." By choosing him, former WHCA president Ron Hutcheson said, the group hopes to avoid "a blogfest and a partisan slugfest" this time around.


Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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